On July 6, Eastern Michigan University Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Wetherbee announced that Steve Schram will be the head coach of the EMU women’s tennis program.
Schram has an overall 120-49 career record in nine seasons as a women’s tennis head coach. Before his move to EMU, Schram completed a 44-14 record in four seasons at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Schram has coached three other college tennis programs, recording an all-time winning percentage of .710. He was awarded the 2015 Intercollegiate Tennis Association South Region Coach of the Year and helped lead Barry University to the 2017 and 2018 Division II National Championships. Schram was named the 2018 NCAA Division II National Assistant Coach of the Year and South Region Assistant Coach of the year for the second straight season.
Southern Mississippi recorded a 30-0 undefeated record at home with victories over the University of Alabama Birmingham, Louisiana Tech, and defeating South Alabama for the first time in program history under Schram’s coaching. The team ranked 76th nationally in the final ITA rankings and seventh in the Southern Region, which is the highest regional ranking in program history.
Schram spent three years at Nova Southeastern University where he was awarded ITA South Region Coach of the Year and led them to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009. NSU received a No. 7 national ranking with Schram as well.
Schram played college tennis himself at the University of Charleston from 2001-2002 and was in the top lineup for the Golden Eagles. He then transferred to Florida Gulf Coast University where he lettered in all three seasons and helped the Eagles to a No. 9 ranking in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association in 2005. Schram was named Most Improved in 2003 and earned his bachelor’s degree in political science in 2006. He earned a master’s of education degree in 2012 from Aspen University.