May 23, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Melissa Schaub, Ohio State women’s tennis head coach, has been named Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced Tuesday.
Schaub, a three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year, was recognized as the ITA Midwest Region Coach of the Year for the second straight campaign earlier this month. She led the Buckeyes to a second-consecutive 11-0 record in Big Ten regular season matches to claim the Big Ten regular season title and the team won the league tournament for the second year in a row.
The squad was the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Championship and reached the national semifinals for the first time in program history, falling to Stanford 4-3 Monday night. The team ended the year 32-3, setting the program record for wins in a season. It also notched records for consecutive wins (18), wins at home (17) and shutouts (23) and extended its program record home winning streak to 33.
Five Buckeyes were ranked in the most recent ITA singles rankings and seven different Buckeyes were ranked in singles at some point during the year. The squad has both a singles and doubles participant in the NCAA individual championships, which start Wednesday.
Schaub, from Lexington, Ohio, is in her fifth year at the helm of the Buckeyes. She has a career record of 112-36, with a 43-12 Big Ten mark. The team has qualified for the NCAA Tournament for four consecutive years.