Mike Erwin has been named the head coach of the Pacific women's tennis program after serving in the interim role for the past five months.
Erwin was hired as an assistant in February of 2017 before taking over as interim head coach on January 1, 2018.
"When you combine Coach Erwin's 20 years of tennis industry experience with his gift for teaching, positive spirit, and connection to the campus and community, it became evident that Mike was the right person to lead our women's tennis team," expressed Director of Athletics Janet Lucas. "The commitment, dedication, and professionalism he exhibited this past years as our interim head coach strengthened the foundation of the program and it will frame the future success of this program."
"I am very excited for the opportunity to lead Pacific Women's Tennis. With a great group of returning players and outstanding recruiting classes in 2018 and 2019, the future is bright," said Erwin. I am also grateful for the faith and confidence that our Athletic Director, Janet Lucas, and others in our community have in me. I firmly believe in the values and mission of Pacific Athletics and look forward to building on the rich history here."
Erwin's experience ranges from youth organizations to professional tennis. He has been the tournament director for multiple professional tennis events held at the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center including the Stockton Men's $100,000 ATP Challenger and chairman of the Stockton Women's $60,000 Challenger.
He guided the women's program to an improved record in 2017-18, claiming six team victories against Academy of Art, Seattle University, Texas-Arlington, San Francisco, UC Irvine and Santa Clara en route to finishing in a tie for seventh in the WCC.
Following the 2018 spring season Erwin had five of his players named to the West Coast Conference All-Academic team, including three players — Anneroos Nederstigt, Ioana Popescu, Sabrina Rodriguez — who will be returning next season.
In the summer of 2017, Erwin coached Nederstigt to her first professional ranking points in the Stockton Women's $60,000 Challenger.
Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Erwin has worked primarily in player development. Players in his programs have won state and national championships including champions in the Winter National, Orange Bowl, Easter Bowl, and National Clay Court tournaments along with a US Open junior finalist and multiple NCAA qualifiers. Under his leadership, players have been awarded millions of dollars in college scholarships and several have gone on to play professional tennis.
Erwin has professional affiliations with the USTA serving as the vice chair of the USTA Northern California Coaches Commissions as well as serving as a member of the USTA Northern California Junior Tennis Council. For his work with USTA NorCal, Erwin was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award in 2014.
Erwin previously served as an assistant tennis coach at Wright state University in Dayton, Ohio and was a member of the Sinclair College's nationally-ranked men's tennis team.