Steinberg resigns as men's tennis coach

Steinberg compiled a 28-25 record in his two seasons at Michigan.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 2:49pm

Just two years after getting hired as the Michigan men’s tennis coach, Adam Steinberg resigned Wednesday to become the new head coach at Arizona State.

“We appreciate everything Adam and his family did for Michigan and the mens tennis program over the last two seasons,” said Michigan Athletic Director Warde Manuel in a statement. “We wish him well in the future.

The announcement came after a 21-8 season, in which the Wolverines advanced to the second round of the NCAA Regionals.

After a 7-17 finish in his first year at the helm of the program during the 2014-15 season, Steinberg’s team-oriented coaching style took only one season to come to fruition with a dramatic 14-win turnaround.

Before making his way to Ann Arbor, Steinberg had coached at Pepperdine for 10 years, where he won a national championship in 2006. He later took over for former Michigan coach Bruce Berque, who left the program in 2014 after failing to advance past the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

When Steinberg spoke to The Daily in early April, he discussed his broad, yet effective goal to change “everything this program is about.” In just two seasons, Steinberg’s ideology had already left its mark.

Despite Steinberg’s departure, Michigan will return a bevy of its starters as it begins its search for a new head coach.