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Hall of Fame Coach Chuck Kriese Selected to Head The Citadel Tennis Program

July 26, 2013

Charleston, S.C. – Chuck Kriese, one of the most renowned names in tennis world wide, has been selected as the head coach of The Citadel men’s tennis program.

Kriese (CREE-see) has been the senior director of coaching and competition at the prestigious Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Md., since March 2010 and has dedicated almost four decades to shaping successful tennis careers both on the collegiate and international levels.

His reputation has made his Total Tennis Training camps and teaching programs popular destinations for young players looking to improve their games. He has conducted youth clinics and coaching seminars in 16 countries on four continents, emphasizing teaching, motivation, leadership and coaching techniques. He has been a regular teacher and clinician throughout the U.S. for his entire career.

In addition to his work on the court, Kriese has authored sixbooks including “Coaching Tennis” which is considered one of the most comprehensive tennis and coaching books ever written. He has appeared on ESPN’s instructional series “Play Your Best Tennis”, hosts a weekly radio show on American Tennis and is a highly sought after lecturer.

“I am extremely honored to have been chosen to work and teach at a place of such great heritage,” said Kriese. “It is the best environment I could think of to teach, coach and pass on those things that have been given to me through tennis. I recognize and embrace the deep level of commitment, dedication and work that is required to uphold the excellence which has been established by so many over the generations. My family and I are very happy to be at The Citadel.”

Kriese also emphasizes values beyond tennis. He created “Serve it Back”, a three-tier mentoring program designed to help youngsters learn how to plan their own career in tennis and in life while learning to help others.

It has been estimated that over 14,000 junior players have trained under his programs, hundreds have received college scholarships and many have continued on as professional players and coaches. Forty-six of his former pupils have appeared in the ATP world rankings with nine cracking the top 100.

“We are excited to have Chuck as our next head men’s tennis coach and welcome him and Claire and their children to The Citadel family,” said Bulldog Director of Athletics Larry W. Leckonby. “He has excellent credentials and is well-connected and respected nationally. We look forward to seeing our tennis program progress under Chuck’s leadership.”

Kriese spent the majority of his career as the head coach at Clemson from 1975-2008. He is the winningest coach in Atlantic Coast Conference history with 685, led the Tigers to 10 ACC titles and seven berths in the Elite Eight and produced 38 All-Americans. His accomplishments at Clemson earned him four national coach of the year honors.

In 2008 Kriese was appointed the technical director for the Southeast Asia Tennis Federation, where he conducted coaching courses and trained many of the top players from that part of the world. He coached the highest-ranked player in Thai and Asian history and 2008 ITF junior world champion who became the first Asian player in history to win the Wimbledon Girls’ singles title. In 2009, Kriese coached her to the Wimbledon singles and doubles junior titles.

Kriese has also been the coach of the U.S. Junior Davis Cup team. In all, he has been the coach of players who have won five grand slam junior titles and three other grand slam finalists.

Kriese’s career achievements have earned him honors surpassed by only a few in the history of college tennis. In 2012 he was inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame and the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. He was inducted into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame in 1983 and is enshrined in the hall at his alma mater, Tennessee Tech.

Kriese is married to the former Claire Williams, who is from the West Ashley area in Charleston, and they are the parents of three children.