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August 4, 2010

Mike Stevens Named Cornell Women's Tennis Head Coach

Courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Mike Stevens, who spent the past seven years as the head women’s tennis coach at Binghamton University, has been named The Carl H. Meinig ’31 Head Coach of Women’s Tennis at Cornell University it was announced by Andy Noel, the Meakem*Smith Director of Athletics and Physical Education.

“We’re very excited to have Mike join our staff,” said Tony Bresky, the Director of Intercollegiate Tennis and the Richard Savitt and Stephen Weiss Head Coach of Men's Tennis at Cornell University. “His track record and the success he had at Binghamton speaks for itself. I’m really looking forward to having him work with our women’s team, build on its recent success and take the Big Red to a new level.”

Stevens comes to East Hill after an exceptional run at Binghamton. Over his seven years at the helm, he led the Bearcats to a 91-39 dual match record, was named the America East Coach of the Year four times (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010) and finished the season as the conference tournament runner-up five times (2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010). He coached the 2005 and 2007 America East Player of the Year (Zeynep Altinay) and the 2006 and 2008 conference Rookies of the Year (Juliana Umeki and Anna Edelman, respectively), as well as the Bearcats’ first-ever Division I nationally-ranked singles player and doubles team. Last season, Binghamton was ranked as high as No. 68 in the ITA National Poll and finished the year ranked ninth in the ITA Northeast Region.

A talented recruiter, his 2007 and 2009 recruiting classes were nationally-ranked among the top mid-major programs in the nation by tennisrecruiting.net, including a No. 4 ranking for the 2007 class.

Stevens also stresses success in the classroom, as his teams have attained at least a 3.0 grade-point average in nine of the last 10 semesters. He also coached the 2006 America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Stevens arrived at Binghamton from Southeast Missouri State, where he was the head coach during the 2002-03 season. During that year, the Redhawks quadrupled its win total in dual matches, turning in the best season the program in five years.

Prior to his arrival at Southeast Missouri State, Stevens was the assistant men's and women's tennis coach at N.C. State for one season (2001-2002) and was the women's assistant coach at Yale for two seasons (1999-2001). While at Yale, he was the acting head coach during the 2000 spring semester while the head coach was away on maternity leave. With the Bulldogs, Stevens led that team to a 15-6 record and a No. 61 ranking in the nation.

From 1990-94, Stevens was the head men's and women's tennis coach at Rider University. After that, he was a Product Development Specialist for the Prince Sports Group in Bordentown, N.J. Stevens then moved on to become the Director of Tennis Operations for the Currituck Club from 1994-96.

Stevens earned his bachelor's degree in business from the University of Richmond in 1987.

He and his wife Trudy have an eight-year old son, David Michael.