June 15, 2018
By Joanne Norell
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame men’s tennis program will see one of its own take the next step in his career, as Callaghan Family Head Men’s Tennis Coach Ryan Sachire announced 2014 graduate and volunteer assistant coach Greg Andrews will assume full-time assistant coach duties effective June 15th.
Andrews, who joined the Irish coaching staff in March 2017, will take over in a full-time capacity for departing associate head coach Adam Schaechterle, who was named head coach at Pepperdine last month.
“I am beyond excited for Greg (Andrews) to join our staff – his experience, work ethic and all-encompassing commitment to excellence will make a tremendous impact on our program,” said Sachire. “Throughout his time at Notre Dame, both as a player and as a coach, Greg has consistently demonstrated both the will and the aptitude to achieve success at the highest level.”
“I could not be more grateful to Coach Sachire and Notre Dame for the opportunity to help lead our program,” said Andrews. “I feel truly blessed to continue learning from one of the best head coaches in the country at a place near and dear to my heart. I can’t wait to get to work to provide an unparalleled experience to our student-athletes both on and off the court.”
In his one-plus season on the Irish staff, Andrews helped the Irish qualify for the 2018 ITA National Indoor Team Championship, reach the 2018 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship semifinals, win their first NCAA tournament match since 2014 and send two players (Josh Hagar and Alex Lebedev) to the the NCAA Singles Championship.
During his collegiate career, Andrews reached a No. 20 International Tennis Association ranking in singles and a No. 7 ranking in doubles. He ranks second in program history in dual doubles wins (68); third in overall doubles wins (93); fifth in dual singles wins (77) and wins at No. 1 singles (38); and seventh in all-time singles wins (113).
Andrews was a two-time BIG EAST Player of the Year (2012 and 2013) and, as a junior, was selected as the BIG EAST Championship Most Outstanding Player after leading the Irish to their final championship title in that conference. He was a four-time all-conference selection (three BIG EAST, one ACC), was a 2013 CoSIDA Academic All-American and the winner of the 2014 National ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Sportsmanship and Leadership Award.
As a senior, Andrews was recognized by Notre Dame with both the Byron V. Kanaley Award and the Francis Patrick O’Connor Award. The Kanaley Award is Notre Dame’s most prestigious honor awarded to Irish student-athletes and is presented annually to senior monogram athletes who are most exemplary as students and leaders. The Francis Patrick O’Connor Award is presented upon nomination of head coaches and is given to student-athletes who best display the total embodiment of the true spirit of Notre Dame as exemplified by their contribution and inspiration to their teams and who possess such characteristics as caring, courage, confidence, encouragement, humility, honesty, humor, kindness and patience.
After completing his bachelor’s degree in accounting in 2014, Andrews earned his Master of Science in Accounting from Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business in 2015. He then went on to work at Deloitte in Atlanta until returning to Notre Dame in 2017.
Joanne Norell, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2014 and coordinates communications efforts for the Notre Dame men’s tennis and fencing programs, in addition to assisting with football communications and overseeing production of the football Gameday Magazine. Norell is a 2011 graduate of Purdue University and earned her master’s degree from Georgetown University in 2013.