July 7, 2015
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – In his two seasons as an assistant with the University of Notre Dame men’s tennis program, Adam Schaechterle has emerged as one of the nation’s top tennis coaches.
Since joining the Notre Dame men’s tennis staff, Schaechterle has helped the Fighting Irish achieve both team and individual success, and the fruits of that labor were rewarded Friday when he was named associate head coach by head coach Ryan Sachire.
Entering his third year on the Irish staff, Schaechterle assists in every aspect of the program, from player development to recruiting to camp coordination. He will continue to serve those same objectives, with further emphasis on recruiting and camps. His efforts this past season led to the Irish signing the ninth-ranked (tennisrecruiting.net) incoming class for 2015-16.
“I think over the past two years, Adam has established himself as one of the premier assistant coaches in all of college tennis and this is the next natural step for him in his career evolution,” Sachire said. “He’s taken a leadership role in our program that has been significant and he’s brought a lot of value to everything that we’ve done.”
“The promotion is a tremendous honor and yet another example of how good Notre Dame has been to me and my family,” Schaechterle said. “I’m humbled by the support of our athletic department, and proud to represent the excellence and the values of our University. I look forward to continuing to work with Ryan and [volunteer assistant] Cris James to improve upon the great tradition of our men’s tennis program.”
Schaechterle joined the Irish coaching staff for the 2013-14 season and has since helped the Irish to a 35-22 (.614) record, including their first run to the Sweet 16 of the 2014 NCAA Championships since 2007 in his first campaign. After defeating Green Bay in the first round, the Irish beat No. 38 Ole Miss, 4-2, to advance to the round of 16 in Athens, Georgia, where they fell to No. 4 seed Virginia, 4-1.
He has helped coach the likes of graduate Greg Andrews (’14) and rising senior Quentin Monaghan, as well as premier doubles groupings in Andrews and rising senior Alex Lawson (2014 season) and graduate Billy Pecor (’15) and Lawson (2015 season). In two years, he has helped coach two first team all-ACC honorees (Andrews and Monaghan) and two third-team designees (Ryan Bandy and Monaghan).
In 2014, Andrews qualified for both the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships, advancing to the round of 32 in both tournaments. This past season, Monaghan etched his name into the record books with a run to the semifinals of the NCAA Singles Championship, the first to do so in an Irish uniform since the team and individual championships were separated in 1977. It earned him the first Irish All-America citation since 2007. Additionally, Pecor and Lawson became the first doubles tandem to advance to the round of 16 since 1998.
Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Schaechterle served as coach at North Florida, where he helped lead the Ospreys to a 34-14 record and the first two berths in the Atlantic-Sun Championship finals in program history. The program also experienced its first undefeated Atlantic-Sun regular season (2013: 8-0), its highest-ever national ranking (No. 50, March 20, 2012), its first top-10 national doubles ranking (No. 10), its first nationally-ranked recruiting class (No. 15 by tennisrecruiting.net), its first invitation to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) Kick-Off Weekend and its first individual NCAA Championship appearance (2013 Doubles Championship).
The 2013 Atlantic-Sun Coach of the Year, Schaechterle coached eight all-conference performers (Atlantic-Sun), two all-freshmen performers (Atlantic-Sun) and one Atlantic-Sun Scholar-Athlete of the Year (Moritz Buerchner, 2013). Prior to coaching at UNF, Schaechterle spent over a year at his alma mater, Northwestern as an assistant coach. There he helped with all aspects of the program including fundraising, recruiting and scheduling.
As a student-athlete with the Wildcats, Schaechterle was a team captain and ranked in the top-30 of the ITA’s national doubles rankings. He helped lead Northwestern to the 2005 NCAA Championship as a junior, before being selected for the 2006 NCAA Doubles Championship as a senior. Upon graduation, he remained on as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2007 season.
A native of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, Schaechterle, his wife, Kristin, and their son, Noah, make their home in South Bend.
Joanne Norell, Athletics Communications Assistant