Skidmore College Women’s Tennis
Coach Speerschneider has been active in collegiate coaching for 21 years, entering his 14th season at the helm of the Thoroughbred women’s tennis program in 2019-2020. He started his coaching at his alma mater, North Carolina State University. He was the assistant coach for the women’s team for two seasons (1998-2000), and assistant coach for the men’s team for one season (2000-2001). While at NC State, Speerschneider coached several of the top players in the country, some of whom have continued their careers professionally. In addition to coaching, Speerschneider played for the Wolfpack from 1995-1997.
Speerschneider was then the assistant coach for the women’s team at Washington and Lee University from 2002 to 2006. In his time at W&L Speerschneider helped produce seven multi-year All-Americans, two NCAA singles champions (2005 and 2006), the 2004 ITA Small College Nationals champion, and the team finished ranked #2 nationally in 2003, 2005, and 2006.
In 2006 Speerschneider took over the women’s program at Skidmore College. In his first season he took the team back to the NCAA tournament for the first time in seven years. Since then team has competed in the NCAA Tournament each year Speerschneider has been at the helm. The program has also established itself as a national-caliber program, being ranked in the NCAA DIII top 25 every year since 2008 and ranked as high as #14 in 2014 and 2019. In 2019, Speerschneider coached the program to a record-ninth straight Liberty League title as well as its 13th straight appearance in the NCAA tournament. While at Skidmore, Speerschneider has 177 victories under his belt and has coached six ITA All-Americans. He was also named the Liberty League Coach of the Year for 2010-2011, 2011-12, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19. As the program continues to get stronger every year, Speerschneider is well underway of achieving his goal of Skidmore competing for another national title.