May 15, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - Pepperdine University's head coach Adam Steinberg was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) West Region Men's Tennis Coach of the Year, the organization announced on Monday. Steinberg, who is in his fourth year with the Waves, becomes a finalist for the national award, which will be announced on May 22.
Steinberg, a New York native, led the team to a No. 2 national ranking and has remained at the spot for 13 weeks as the Waves head into the NCAA Round of 16 at Stanford this weekend. Pepperdine, which captured its 16th straight West Coast Conference title, holds a 32-2 current record, which marks the best record in Steinberg's 16 years as a head coach.
Senior Scott Doerner was also recognized by the ITA as he was awarded the John Van Nostrand Memorial Award, which is given to an outstanding senior who plans to pursue a professional career after college. The eighth-ranked Melbourne, Australia native has played at the No. 1 singles position all season, going 21-6, including a 9-6 record against nationally-ranked opponents.
Over the weekend, the Waves posted wins over Montana State in the first round and TCU in the second round. Appearing in its second straight Sweet 16, Pepperdine will face Florida on Saturday, May 20 at noon at the Taube Tennis Center at Stanford.