Courtesy of Edgewood College
MADISON, Wis. -- After more than eight years as Edgewood College head men's and women's tennis coach Ben Oestreich has resigned his position to pursue a career opportunity outside of athletics. Oestreich leaves Edgewood College as undeniably the most successful coach in both Edgewood College men's and women's tennis history, with nine NACC titles and seven NCAA Tournament appearances.
"The highlight of my coaching career has been attending the weddings, graduations, and special moments of the players off the court," said Oestreich. "The opportunity to work with the talented student-athletes at Edgewood College is a joy that is difficult to walk away from. The program we've built over the last eight years is a family and it's always difficult when one of us moves on. I'm confident the current and former members of the program are ready for the challenge ahead of them and I am excited to see where their effort takes the program."
Oestreich took over the Edgewood College women's tennis program prior to the 2009-10 season, and promptly guided the Eagles to their second straight NACC title. That would be the second of seven straight conference titles and five NCAA Division III Tournament appearances. Under Oestreich, the Eagles went 136-107 and an incredible 87-6 in NACC regular season play. Oestreich was named NACC women's tennis Coach of the Year in 2011, 2012 and 2014. His 136 wins matches the sum total of all previous six Edgewood College women's tennis coaches.
In 2010, Edgewood College resurrected the men's tennis program which had been disbanded in 2000. Oestreich became a full-time employee, taking over both the men's and women's programs. In 2015, in just their fifth season back, the Eagles won their first NACC title and reached the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in school history. The Eagles would also win conference titles in 2016 and 2017, and play in another NCAA Tournament in 2016. Oestreich went 74-114 leading the men's tennis program, including a 48-12 NACC record. He earned four NACC Coach of the Year awards (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016).
"Over the years, Edgewood College has been fortunate to have some of the best collegiate tennis coaches in the Midwest," said Director of Athletics Al Brisack. "The success of our programs certainly attest to the excellence of these individuals. Ben Oestreich had the opportunity to be our first, full-time men's and women's coach. The outstanding performances on the court were taken to an even higher level. Most importantly, Ben's legacy will be the development of a tennis family. The impact Ben has made on each of his players will be felt for the rest of their lives. It will be exciting for our next coach to build on the success of both programs and engage with the tennis family. I am personally, grateful for Ben's commitment to our tennis student-athletes and the investment of time he and Stephanie have given the Eagles. This is bittersweet as I am excited for this new chapter in Ben's life but, sad to see him go."
"I've been blessed with great assistant coaches over the years," noted Oestreich. "It wouldn't have been the same program without the contributions of Clint Reed, Kelsey Steinhorst, Rich Yoshida, Shae Beckwith, Eric Gavinski, Andre Glass, Mike Wanta, Anna Miles, Tony Mirasola, and Alex Mory and Lowell Cohen. They have put in countless hours… I am beyond thankful for their help."
Edgewood College will immediately begin a search for a replacement for their men's and women's tennis programs. The Eagle women went 9-5 this fall and placed second in the NACC. The Edgewood College men will open their dual match season in the spring.