In his seventh year with the Texas-Arlington tennis program, Christian Wassmer begins just his second year at the helm of the program. After serving five years as the associate head coach, Wassmer took over as the men's and women's head coach last season, leading the Lady Mavericks to the NCAA tournament.
With a goal of producing a winning team, Wassmer continues to be accomplished.
After being hired five years ago by then head coach Patric DuBois, Wassmer has led the Lady Mavericks to five first place finishes in the Southland Conference and four bids to the NCAA Tournament. In fact the team is 58-2 in SLC play since Wassmer took over in 1999.
For his efforts in leading the Lady Mavericks he is a three-time recipient of the SLC Women's Tennis Coach of the Year award (2001, 2002, 2004).
Hardware and awards are somewhat ordinary for Wassmer's athletes, who claimed the SLC Player of the Year awards for four straight years from 2000-2003. In 2003 it was Annemarie Lenze who earned the honor, following in the footsteps of teammate Marketa Cizova who won the award the previous year. Wassmer can also boast the 2002-2003 Newcomers of the Year, Nadine Dressler and Annemarie Lenze and Freshman of the Year, Carolin Schappacher and Anete Rozkalne (2002, 2003). The Lady Mavericks dominated the all-SLC teams in 2004 placing seven student-athletes on the squad, led by freshman Daniela Novakova who was tabbed the league's Freshman of the Year. UTA topped all league schools with all its picks coming on the first team, which comprised of four singles and a sweep of the doubles flights.
In fact, since Wassmer has come to UTA he has helped the Lady Mavericks earn 17 first-team all-Conference awards in singles and 10 first-team all-SLC awards in doubles, as well as five second-team all-Conference awards in singles and four in doubles.
Considering that in 1998 UTA was 3-6 and finished eighth in the SLC makes Wassmer's tenure at UTA even more impressive. In fact, before Wassmer arrived only one player had ever been awarded an SLC conference honor and that was Evonne AllerKamp in 1995, who was an all-SLC selection.
Wassmer came to Texas-Arlington prior to the spring season in 1999, after serving as assistant coach at his alma mater, Ouachita Baptist University of Arkadelphia, Arkansas.
Wassmer began his collegiate experience at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. He played for the Rams as a freshman before transferring to Ouachita Baptist University.
The German-native flourished as a student athlete at OBU, where he was a three-year letter winner for the tennis squad. In the classroom Wassmer also excelled, graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and French. In 1997, Wassmer earned the Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award.
Along with his impressive coaching credentials, Wassmer is a well-known reporter for DSF German Sports Television, one of the largest all-sports television networks in Europe. He is one of the network's primary foreign correspondents for the National Basketball Association and National Hockey League.
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