Aug. 2, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio Bryan Koniecko and Justin Kronauge were promoted to associate head coaches of the Ohio State women’s and men’s tennis teams, respectively, Ty Tucker, head coach of the men’s program and OSU director of tennis, announced Monday.

“As former Ohio State student-athletes, Justin and Bryan understand the great Buckeye tennis traditions and the importance of maintaining and growing those successes both on and off the court,” Tucker said. They will be instrumental to the successes of both tennis programs in the upcoming seasons and I am looking forward to watching them develop as coaches.”

“Coach Koniecko is a great coach and deserves this promotion to associate head coach,” Melissa Schaub, head coach of the Buckeye women’s tennis team, said. “He did an amazing job last year and has so much to add to this program. Bryan is an integral part of this team’s success and we are excited for the upcoming year.”

Koniecko (2006-09) and Kronauge (2007-10) won a total of 276 singles matches and 258 doubles matches during their Ohio State playing careers. Additionally, the pair combined for a total of six All-America honors. The duo helped lead the Buckeyes to five consecutive Big Ten regular-season and tournament championships. Koniecko and Kronauge also helped guide Ohio State to an appearance in the 2009 NCAA Championship final in College Station, Texas.

Entering his second season on the Buckeye women’s tennis staff, Koniecko returned to his alma mater after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Brown.

Individually, Koniecko earned Big Ten Athlete of the Year honors in 2008 and 2009 and was dubbed the 2006 conference freshman of the year. As captain his senior season, Koniecko won the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor singles title and was ranked No. 1 in the country individually.

As a junior, Koniecko traveled to more than 17 countries to compete in tournaments including the Junior Australian Open and Wimbledon. He was ranked as high as No. 45 in the ITF world junior rankings with a win over Marin Cilic and was ranked Top 10 nationally in the Boys’16s and 18s. The Long Island, N.Y., native also competed in the 2007 and 2008 U.S. Open qualifiers.

After graduating from Ohio State with a degree in communication analysis and practice, Koniecko played at the professional level where he reached an ATP career high ranking of 651. He earned his first professional title in 2007 when he won the ITF professional futures event in Ecuador. In 2008, he was a runner up in the ITF professional futures event in Peoria, Ill.

In his three seasons as the Buckeye men’s assistant coach, Kronauge has helped guide Ohio State to a combined 103-10 record. In 2011, the Scarlet and Gray posted a 34-3 overall mark en route to their sixth consecutive Big Ten Conference regular-season and tournament titles. The next year, Kronauge and the Buckeyes amassed a 34-4 ledger and concluded the conference regular season in first place. This past season, Ohio State posted a 35-3 record, won the league regular-season and tournament titles and advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA championship.

The Dayton, Ohio, native concluded his collegiate career at Ohio State during the spring of 2010 and earned his bachelor’s degree in finance that August after posting one of the most successful careers in Ohio State men’s tennis history. A two-time All-American and the 2010 Midwest Region Farnsworth/ITA Senior Player of the Year, Kronauge concluded his historic Ohio State tennis career with multiple program records (Most career singles wins (147), most career doubles wins (133) and most combined wins with 280 victories.) Furthermore, Kronauge, a three-time unanimous All-Big Ten recipient, was just the third Buckeye to have at least 100 singles and 100 doubles wins. He also became just the sixth Ohio State men’s tennis player to reach 100 doubles wins.