NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Newly minted University of Notre Dame men’s tennis head coach Ryan Sachire announced Tuesday the hiring of University of North Florida head coach Adam Schaechterle as the program’s new assistant coach.
“I am honored to be the new assistant coach at the University of Notre Dame and appreciate the opportunity Coach Sachire has given me,” said Schaechterle. “I believe in his vision to develop this program into the elite destination for players unwilling to compromise their pursuit of greatness in athletics AND academics. My wife and I, and our arriving baby boy, can’t wait to be a part of the Irish family.”
“The hiring committee and myself took a lot of time, energy and thought into selecting the next assistant coach for the University of Notre Dame men’s tennis program,” said Sachire. “We wanted one of the best coaches in the country to work with me to build the program into one of the best in the country year in and year out and I feel like we accomplished that task with Adam. We will work hand in hand with all aspects of the program. I look forward to forming a great partnership as time goes on. I want to thank the hiring committee and especially Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick for making it possible for Adam to join the Notre Dame family.”
Schaechterle, a 2006 Northwestern University graduate in history, comes to Notre Dame from Jacksonville, Fla., and the University of North Florida where he coached for two seasons. During his time with the Ospreys, Schaechterle helped lead UNF to a 34-14 record and the first two berths in the Atlantic-Sun Championship finals in program history among many other accomplishments. The program also experienced its first undefeated Atlantic-Sun regular season (2013: 8-0), its highest-ever national ranking (No. 50, March 20, 2012), its first top-10 national doubles ranking (No. 10), its first nationally-ranked recruiting class (No. 15 by tennisrecruiting.net), its first invitation to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) Kick-Off Weekend and its first individual NCAA Championship appearance (2013 Doubles Championship).
The 2013 Atlantic-Sun Coach of the Year, Schaechterle helped lead the doubles duo of Moritz Buerchner and Norbert Nemcsek to a round of 16 appearance at the 2013 NCAA Doubles Championship and a final ranking of 26. Buerchner in particular showed great improvement under Schaechterle as he improved from 22-30 during his first two years at UNF to an impressive 50-16 record during his last two seasons with Schaechterle. In two years, Schaechterle coached eight all-conference performers (Atlantic-Sun), two all-freshmen performers (Atlantic-Sun) and one Atlantic-Sun Scholar-Athlete of the Year (Buerchner – 2013).
Prior to coaching at UNF, Schaechterle spent over a year at his alma mater as an assistant coach. There he helped with all aspects of the program including fundraising, recruiting and scheduling.
Schaechterle’s first job out of college was at Wilson Sporting Goods as the Tour and Juniors Manager for the Americas region. He was responsible for recruiting and managing junior and professional players in North and South America, and overseeing all contract negotiations in Asia and Australia. He managed several players inside the top 50 on both the ATP and WTA tour. While at Wilson, Schaechterle showed a unique ability to recognize talented young players before they broke out on the pro tour, signing standouts like Milos Raonic, Thomaz Bellucci, Madison Keys and Melanie Oudin to their first professional contracts.
As a student-athlete with the Wildcats, Schaechterle was a team captain and ranked in the top-30 of the ITA’s national doubles rankings. He helped lead Northwestern to the 2005 NCAA Championship as a junior, before being selected for the 2006 NCAA Doubles Championship as a senior. Upon graduation, he remained on as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2007 season.
The Oconomowoc, Wis., native will reside in the South Bend area with his wife Kristin. The couple is expecting their first child in late July.