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Brad Louderback Named Head Men’s & Women’s Tennis Coach At OUAZ
– OUAZ Director of Athletics, Kevin Steele, is pleased to announce the hiring of Brad Louderback as the head men’s and women’s tennis coach for the Ottawa Spirit tennis teams at the new campus in Surprise, Arizona.
Steele says, “Brad is a Godsend. I could not have imagined a more appropriate person to take on this incredible task of building our men’s and women’s tennis programs. His resume reads like a “Who’s Who of Tennis.” More importantly to me is the fact that Brad is excited to be in a position which will draw on every part of his vast knowledge, abilities and his deep personal faith which he joyfully infuses into every facet of his life. Brad brings a great history of producing winners, but is not satisfied with just winning on the court. It is this very fact that will make him ultimately successful as the creator and architect of our Spirit tennis programs.”
Louderback joins OUAZ after nine seasons with Wichita State University, where he was the head men’s tennis coach and Director of the Coleman Complex. The Shockers were perennial contenders for the Missouri Valley Conference title throughout Louderback’s tenure. The Shockers won the Valley Tournament title three times under Louderback’s leadership, while posting a 129-70 mark in dual matches (.648). Louderback's teams have finished with national rankings in two of the last three years. Following the 2015-16 season, Louderback sports a 293-147 career record in 31 previous seasons at the collegiate level; good for a .665 winning percentage.
“The opportunity to start the women’s and men’s tennis programs is a unique challenge and one that I am excited for and anxious to begin,” said Louderback. “I want to thank our Director of Athletics Kevin Steele, President (Kevin) Eichner and the staff at Ottawa for this opportunity. A special thanks also goes to Dr. David Barnes, for his correspondence with me early in the process.”
Louderback continued, “We expect to be a program that will set OUAZ Tennis apart in all areas. The experience in which our student-athletes will have, will give our athletes memories that they will cherish for a lifetime. Surprise has so much to offer with its’ location and facilities, and we look forward to representing the university on a national level.”
Louderback joined the Shocker's after two years as Head Men's and Women's Coach at Cowley College. At Cowley, Louderback coached eight All-Americans, four national champions, and the No. 1 ranked singles player and doubles team in the nation. His teams also had a 100 percent graduation rate. While at Cowley College, Louderback led both the Cowley men’s and women’s teams to Top-10 national rankings.
Louderback served as the head coach at both Illinois and Oklahoma State, after beginning his collegiate coaching career in 1980 as an assistant men’s coach under Chuck Kriese at Clemson; where he helped lead the Tigers to a final ranking of seventh nationally.
Louderback served as men’s tennis head coach at Illinois from 1981-85, leading the Illini to a 73-51 overall record and a 23-13 mark in Big Ten play. Louderback took the Fighting Illini from finishing tenth in the Big Ten his first season, to their first regular season conference championship in 1984. His 1984 squad also finished the season ranked No. 21 nationally. While at Illinois he coached six Big Ten individual champions and six All-Big Ten performers.
After his tenure in Illinois, Louderback served as head women’s tennis coach at his alma mater, Oklahoma State from 1985-89. While at OSU his squads won more than 90 matches and went undefeated in the Big Eight regular season all five years beating each team 9-0. All five of his squads finished among the top 12 nationally each year, including a 25-7 campaign in 1989 that finished seventh nationally. Louderback coached eight All-Americans, seven Academic All-Americans and 20 Big Eight champions during his time in Stillwater; while winning five team conference titles.
From 1981-85, Louderback served as Captain/Head Coach for the USTA National Junior Team (Junior Davis Cup Team). The JDC consisted of the Top 12 nationally ranked juniors in the United States that included Patrick McEnroe, Larry Scott (Commissioner of the Pac-10), Luke Jensen, Ritchie Reneberg and Rick Leach (former #1 world doubles ranking).
He also served as Director of Tennis at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Spain, before founding the USA Tennis Academy in Delray Beach, Fla. He also spent two years as the Director of Tennis at The Horseshoe Bend Country Club in Roswell, GA. From 2000-2004 Louderback served as the Director of Operations for the Zurich of New Orleans PGA Tour event.
A 1979 graduate of Oklahoma State with a B.S. in Business management, Louderback had a successful playing career as a Cowboy as well; serving as captain of the team that won three-straight conference titles and appeared in the NCAA Tournament three-consecutive years. During his time at OSU, Louderback was also a conference singles and doubles champion, and in his senior year ranked as high as #30 in ITA singles.
Brad is the son of Coach J.C. and Donna Louderback of Arkansas City, Kan. Louderback's daughter Erin and her husband Clayton, along with Louderback’s granddaughter Ainslee and grandson Eion live in McAlester, Okla. His son Luke, an Oklahoma State graduate in business management, was a top Oklahoma high school football standout and the top quarterback recruit to the Air Force Academy.
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Founded in 1865, Ottawa University prepares professional and liberal arts graduates for lifetimes of personal significance, vocational fulfillment and service to God and humanity as a Christ-inspired community of grace and opening inquiry. Ottawa University is a comprehensive, not-for-profit educational institution serving more than 4,000 students through its residential campuses in Ottawa, Kan., and Surprise, Ariz. (opening Fall 2017), and adult campuses in Overland Park, Kan.; Phoenix, Queen Creek and Surprise, Ariz.; Brookfield, Wis.; Jeffersonville, Ind.; and online. For more information, visit www.ottawa.edu.