Craig Schwartz Named St. John's Men's Tennis Head Coach|
Dec. 7, 2017
QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John’s University announced on Thursday that New York native Craig Schwartz has been named as the newest head coach for men’s tennis for the Red Storm.
“I’d like to thank Kathy Meehan and the entire search committee for affording me this great opportunity to become the head coach for men’s tennis, and to become a part of the Red Storm family,” Schwartz said. “I’m also thankful for the love and support of my wife, Meghan, and everyone who has helped me along the way. This has been a dream come true for me, and I couldn’t be more honored and blessed to be in this situation. To become a part of such a storied athletic department and university with such great traditions, it could not be more exciting for me and my family.”
A success wherever he has been, Schwartz hopes to continue the winning tradition that St. John’s has established in the BIG EAST Conference, as well as the national level.
“I am excited to hit the ground running,” said Schwartz. “My goal will be to help our student-athletes continue their successes both on and off the court. I’m looking forward to creating a culture based off of hard work, discipline, and respect at St. John’s. There is nothing better than going out there and watching your players work hard and compete on a daily basis for each other with the same goals in mind.”
Schwartz comes to Queens following a stint as an assistant coach for the Appalachian State men’s and women’s programs where he helped guide the Mountaineers to a trio of Sun Belt All-Conference selections and a berth in the Sun Belt Quarterfinals.
The West Islip native has also secured a number of years as a head coach including three seasons as the head men’s tennis coach at Division I Bucknell University. Schwartz led the Bison to one of their biggest turnarounds in programs history in 2014 when he led the program to 14 wins and advanced to the semifinals of the Patriot League Tournament just a year removed from a three-win campaign. His team won 14 games and appeared in the semifinals again the following season. He also coached the most accomplished player in Bucknell men’s tennis history, Nick Bybel, a two-time Patriot League Player of the Year award winner.
Schwartz also led his program to success off the courts, raising over $105,000 in fundraising efforts for the program, as well as, 16 ITA Scholar-Athletes and was the only Patriot League school to be named to the ITA All-Academic Team.
Prior to reaching the DI ranks, Schwartz spent five seasons as the head coach and coordinator of the men’s tennis program at Queens College in Flushing. As head coach of the Knights, Schwartz accumulated an 88-28 mark while earning NCAA Tournament berths in all five seasons, advancing to the Round of 16 in four-straight campaigns.
Schwartz was also named ITA East Region Coach of the Year in 2009 and the East Coast Conference (ECC) Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2012. During his five-year tenure, he coached a pair of ITA All-Americans, three ECC Players of the Year, and 23 ECC All-Conference selections.
Schwartz started his career at his alma mater, recording two stints as the head coach at Dowling College where he compiled a 26-18 record. He led the Golden Lions to a NCAA Tournament berth and New York Collegiate Athletic Conference (NYCAC) championship during the 2003-04 season, earning NYCAC Coach of the Year honors as well. He then returned to the program from 2005-07, once again leading the Golden Lions to the NCAA Tournament in 2006 and 2007.
A 2001 graduate of Dowling, Schwartz was also an accomplished collegiate and professional tennis player. He earned the team’s MVP award on three occasions and captained the squad during his junior and senior seasons. A three-time NYCAC All-Conference selection himself, Schwartz was ranked as high as 17th in the country in Division II singles play and was named the NYCAC Player of the Year and ITA East Region Senior Player of the Year during the final year of his collegiate campaign.
Schwartz remained active on the professional circuit following his graduation from Dowling, playing in numerous tennis tournaments around the world and winning back-to-back USTA National Open Indoor doubles titles in 2007 and 2008.
Additionally, Schwartz spent over a year in Germany as the personal coach of Marlene Weingartner, guiding her to the 35th spot in the WTA singles rankings.
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