UC San Diego '96
Eric Steidlmayer, who spent the last 14 seasons serving as head coach at his alma mater, UC San Diego, was named head coach for the UC Davis men's tennis program in July of 2012.
Steidlmayer is no stranger to UC Davis, having served as an assistant coach with the Aggies for two seasons from 1997-98. Upon returning to UC San Diego in 1999, he reshaped the Tritons into a perennial national contender. Steidlmayer guided UC San Diego to 12 consecutive NCAA postseason appearances from 2000-2011, including a national semifinals appearance in 2007.
During his career at UCSD, Steidlmayer amassed a .628 winning percentage, posting a record of 182-108 over 14 years. He is the winningest men's tennis coach in UCSD history.
The 2011 season certainly helped lift Steidlmayer's win percentage as he led the Tritons to a perfect 20-0 record in regular season dual matches. For the 12th straight year, UCSD advanced to NCAA postseason play as it was the West Region's top seed and received a free pass to the round of 16. The Tritons were ranked 10th in the final national poll and senior Erik Elliott picked up ITA All-America honors.
In 2007, UCSD had its best-ever national finish, completing a season in which it finished third nationally with an 18-7 overall record. UCSD defeated Northwest Missouri State in the round of 16 by a 5-0 score before disposing of 8th-ranked Barry University in the national quarterfinals by a 5-2 margin. The team's season came to an end in the national semifinals, but not before a fight, as the Tritons played No. 5 Valdosta State very competitively before falling, 5-1.
The 18 wins during the 2007 campaign included four against NCAA D-I opponents and another two against UC Santa Cruz (the NCAA D-III National Champion) and Azusa Pacific (the NAIA Division I National Runners-Up).
Steidlmayer graduated from UC San Diego in 1996 after playing three years on the Triton tennis team. While attending UCSD, he was named the Tritons' Most Valuable Player after helping them earn a berth in the 1996 D-III National Championships.
Steidlmayer earned a Master's Degree in economics from UC Davis in the fall of 1998.