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    Derek Schwandt

    Title: Head Coach Email: daschwandt@liberty.edu Start Date: 05/30/2017

    In Derek Schwandt’s first four seasons at Liberty, the Flames have posted a combined 52-36 record. Liberty finished the 2021 season ranked No. 39 in the nation. The Flames captured the 2021 ASUN Conference Title, defeating Florida Gulf Coast 4-0 in the final, and advanced to the NCAA Team Championships. The Flames posted a perfect 12-0 record at home in 2021.

    In the 2020 season, Schwandt and the Flames posted an 8-6 record. Liberty defeated an ACC school for the first time, topping Virginia Tech 4-3. The Flames also earned their first triumph in program history over a Big 10 foe, defeating Penn State 5-2.

    In his first four seasons at the helm, Schwandt has earned two Conference Coach of the Year honors. He was named 2021 ASUN Coach of the Year after leading the Flames to their first conference title in program history. Schwandt also earned Big South Coach of the Year recognition in his first season at Liberty in 2018.

    Schwandt came to Liberty after serving as an assistant coach at Georgia Tech (2013-17), Fresno State (2011-12) and Virginia (2009-10). Schwandt helped his teams claim four conference titles and advance to the NCAA Men's Team Championship seven times.   

    During his five seasons with Georgia Tech, the team advanced to the NCAA Men's Team Championship the last three years, making second round appearances in 2016 and 2017.

    The 2017 Yellow Jackets' squad reached a high of No. 12 in the nation and finished the year ranked No. 19. During the 2017 season, Georgia Tech posted a 17-7 dual match record, including wins over No. 16 Stanford, No. 21 South Carolina, No. 31 Florida State and two wins over No. 35 Duke.

    Schwandt helped garner some of the nation's brightest stars with Fresno State and Georgia Tech's recruiting classes ranked No. 12 in the country in 2012, No. 11 in 2013 and No. 14 in 2014.

    Schwandt recruited and coached the 2016 and 2017 ACC Player of the Year Christopher Eubanks. The ITA All-American Eubanks was ranked No. 7 in the nation and made his third-straight appearance in the NCAA Singles Championship, reaching the quarterfinals in 2017.

    Schwandt was named to the USTA Collegiate National Team staff during the summer of 2014 and 2015, coaching the top American college players on the ITF Futures pro circuit. He led Virginia standout Mitchell Frank to the 2014 Tulsa, Okla., Future title and a runner-up performance in Godfrey, Ill.

    In his two years at Fresno State, the Bulldogs won two-straight Western Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships and rose to No. 14 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings in 2012.

    In 2012, Schwandt coached Fresno State to a win over No. 9 Stanford for the first time in program history. The Bulldogs went to their second-straight NCAA Tournament and fell to No. 27 San Diego in the first round.

    In 2011, he led Fresno State to their first WAC Tournament title since 1999 and a No. 37 national team ranking. The Bulldogs defeated No. 19 Minnesota in the first round of the NCAA Championship before falling, 4-3, to No. 14 Cal in the second round.

    Schwandt served as the Volunteer Assistant Coach at Virginia during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. During Schwandt's time at Virginia, the Cavaliers won the 2009 and 2010 ITA National Team Indoor championship, the 2009 and 2010 ACC Championship and the 2009 and 2010 NCAA doubles title.

    The Cavaliers also reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Men's Team Championship in 2009, and the semifinals in 2010. He coached under Brian Boland, the 2008 and 2016 ITA National Coach of the Year and winner of four of the last five national championships (2013, 2015-17).

    From 2005-08, Schwandt played ITF Futures and ATP Challengers around the world, including tournaments in South America, Mexico, Canada, Central America and India. He earned an ATP world ranking in singles and doubles. His top singles victory was over Marcus Fugate (587 ATP) 6-7, 7-6, 7-6 in the 2008 Binghamton Challenger.

    Schwandt is a 2005 graduate of the University of Richmond where he received his bachelor's degree in business administration, concentrating in economics. The two-time All-Atlantic 10 selection (2004 and 2005) helped the Spiders win three Atlantic 10 conference championships (2002, 2004 and 2005) and make three team appearances in the NCAA Men's Team Championship.

    Schwandt completed his master's degree in sport psychology from Fresno State in May 2012 with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Schwandt's book review on John Wooden was published in the June 2012 issue of The Sport Psychologist.

    Schwandt is a native of Kennett Square, Pa., and is married to the former Rachel Eddy. The couple resides in Lynchburg, Va and has two sons, Anderson and Noah.

    What They Are Saying about Derek Schwandt

    "Derek Schwandt is a great hire for Liberty University. I have known Derek from his early days as a successful player and coach. Derek is a man of deep faith and integrity. He is the type of person that every parent wants their child to play for as he represents all that is right about college athletics. I am excited for everyone who loves Liberty Athletics, but most importantly, the student-athletes who have Derek as their coach and mentor. Derek has the leadership skills and knowledge to build a nationally competitive program at Liberty. He will lead Liberty to new heights and build a championship program on and off the court. Today is a great day for Liberty Men's Tennis."

    Brian Boland

    Head of Men's Tennis for USTA Player Development

    Former Head Coach, Virginia

    "Derek is one of the most talented up and coming young coaches in the country in my opinion. Not only does he possess the tools to win at the highest level, his relationship with Christ is the most important thing to him in his life. For these reasons, I believe this is an incredible hire by Ian [McCaw] and a perfect fit for the future of the Liberty Men's Tennis program."

    Matt Hill

    Head Coach, Arizona State

    "Derek has done an incredible job at Georgia Tech, on and off the court. He brought an impeccable work ethic to recruiting and development. He has a passion for tennis, coaching and people and he is well deserving of this opportunity at Liberty. He represented Georgia Tech with the highest level of integrity and was a big part of our success over the past few years. We will definitely miss him here, but I know great things are ahead for Liberty. We all thank him for the time and effort he gave to Georgia Tech. We are better because of him."

    Kenny Thorne

    Head Coach, Georgia Tech

    "I'm excited to see Derek build an excellent tennis program for Liberty! He's an exceptional on-court coach that will create meaningful relationships with each of his student-athletes. Derek is a relentless worker whose character is second to none and he'll be a great role model for his teams."

    Jay Udwadia

    Head Coach, Oklahoma State

    Coaching Record
    Program Year   National Ranking Conference Record Overall Record Conference Tournament NCAA Tournament
    Liberty            
    2021    No. 39 6-0 20-7 Champions 1st Round
    2020   Not Ranked 0-0 8-6 N/A N/A (season cancelled March 13 due to COVID-19 pandemic)
    2019   Not Ranked 6-1 12-11 Semifinals Nicaise Muamba NCAA Singles Championship
    2018   Not Ranked 4-3 12-12 Quarterfinals Did Not Qualify
    Georgia Tech
    2017   19 9-5 17-7 Semifinals 2nd Round
    2016   37 9-5 17-9 Quarterfinals 2nd Round
    2015   44 6-9 14-13 Semifinals 1st Round
    2014   Not Ranked 1-11 7-15 1st Round Did Not Qualify
    2013   Not Ranked 1-10 8-16 1st Round Did Not Qualify
    Fresno State
    2012   37 8-1 20-5 Champions 1st Round
    2011   37 8-0 17-9 Champions 2nd Round
    Virginia
    2010   3 11-0 39-2 Champions Semifinals
    2009   3 11-0 32-1 Champions Quarterfinals

    Staff News

    Flames Finish Year Ranked 4th in ITA Atlantic Region

    The Liberty Flames men's tennis team wrapped up the year with a No. 4 Atlantic Region ranking in the 2021 Oracle/ITA Division I Regional Rankings.

    June 16, 2021

    Liberty to Face NC State in First Round of NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship

    ASUN Conference champion Liberty will face NC State in the first round of the 2021 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championship on Friday at South Carolina.

    May 3, 2021

    4 Liberty Players and Schwandt Receive ASUN Men’s Tennis Major Postseason Honors

    ASUN champion Liberty was well-represented in today's release of the 2021 ASUN Conference Men's Tennis Postseason Honors & Awards.

    April 29, 2021

    Flames Men’s Tennis to Hold 2 Summer Camps

    The Liberty men's tennis team will be hosting a pair of camps, this summer.

    April 22, 2020

    Liberty Men’s Tennis Releases Fall Schedule

    Third-year head coach Derek Schwandt and the Liberty Flames men's tennis program have released their fall 2019 schedule.

    August 26, 2019

    Flames Earn ITA All-Academic Team Award and Feature Five Scholar-Athletes

    The Liberty Flames men's tennis team received the honor of 2019 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team and featured five ITA Scholar-Athletes.

    July 19, 2019

    Flames’ Muamba, Wilson and Burton Listed Among Atlantic Region’s Best

    The Liberty Flames men's tennis team featured two ranked singles players and a ranked doubles team in the final Oracle/ITA Division I Regional Rankings for the Atlantic Region.

    June 17, 2019

    Liberty Men’s Tennis to Feature Three Camps, This Summer

    The Liberty men's tennis program will be hosting three camps, this summer.

    May 16, 2019

    Wilson and Gutierrez Receive No. 53 National Doubles Ranking

    Liberty freshman Josh Wilson and senior Eddie Gutierrez are listed as the 53rd-ranked doubles pairing in the country.

    November 15, 2018

    Flames Men’s Tennis Prepared for ITA Atlantic Regional at Virginia Tech

    The Liberty men's tennis team will return to action at the 2018 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) DI Men's Tennis Atlantic Regional Championship, starting on Thursday.

    October 17, 2018

    Spring 2019 Men’s Tennis Schedule Announced

    The spring 2019 Liberty men's tennis schedule was announced on Sunday.

    October 14, 2018

    Men’s Tennis 2018 Liberty University Invitational Preview

    The Liberty men's tennis team will host the Liberty University Invitational, Friday through Sunday on its home courts at the Cook Tennis Center.

    September 27, 2018

    Flames Welcome Muamba for 2018-19 Season

    Liberty Men's Tennis Head Coach Derek Schwandt has announced the addition of Nicaise Muamba for the 2018-19 academic year.

    July 25, 2018

    Flames Men’s Tennis Reveals First ASUN Schedule

    The Liberty men's tennis squad has announced its inaugural ASUN Conference schedule of matches on Monday, featuring seven matches in spring 2019.

    July 9, 2018

    Matheson, Burton and Schwandt Garner Big South Recognition

    Senior Sam Matheson, sophomore Chase Burton and head coach Derek Schwandt were recognized by the Big South on Monday.

    April 16, 2018

    Flames Tabbed to Finish Sixth in Big South

    Liberty men's tennis has been tabbed to finish sixth in the conference in the 2018 Big South Men's Tennis Preseason Poll.

    January 10, 2018

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