Last updated on May 24, 2012
Derek Schwandt is in his second season at Fresno State, bringing a strong work ethic and high-level coaching experience to the Bulldog staff.
This season the `Dogs defeated No. 9 Stanford for the first time in program history, catapulting the team to No. 14 in the country. After winning a second consecutive WAC Tournament title, the Bulldogs went to their second-straight NCAA Tournament where the 36th-ranked `Dogs fell to No. 27 San Diego in the first round.
Under Schwandt's leadership, Remi Boutillier and Francis Alcantara received bids to play in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships. There, No. 27 Boutillier advanced to the second round while No. 43 Alcantara fell in the first round.
In 2011, he helped lead the Bulldogs to their first WAC Tournament title since 1999 and a No. 37 national team ranking. In the 2011 NCAA Tournament, the `Dogs defeated No. 19 Minnesota in the first round before falling 4-3 to No. 14 Cal.
From 2008-2010, Schwandt was the volunteer assistant coach for top ranked Virginia. He was heavily involved in all aspects of the program including practice sessions, coaching in dual-matches, recruiting, administration and directing ITA fall tournaments.
During Schwandt's time at UVA, 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. He coached under Brian Boland, the 2008 ITA National Coach of the Year, and Tony Bresky, the 2005 ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year.
From 2005 to 2008, Schwandt played ITF futures and ATP challengers all over the world, including tournaments in South America, Mexico, Canada, Central America and India. He earned an ATP world ranking in singles and doubles. His best win was over Marcus Fugate (500 ATP) 6-7, 7-6, 7-6 in the 2008 Binghamton challenger.
Schwandt recently completed his master's degree in sport psychology at Fresno State. He has a 4.0 GPA, and his book review on John Wooden will be published in the June 2012 issue of The Sport Psychologist. He also submitted a manuscript entitled "Teaching Mental Toughness" that is currently under review by the Journal of Coaching Education.
Schwandt graduated from the University of Richmond in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in business administration, with a concentration in economics. At Richmond, he was part of three Atlantic-10 conference championships and three NCAA team tournament appearances. He was named to the All-A10 team in 2004 and 2005.