Experience: 8th Year
Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.
Kevin Kurtz concluded his seventh season as an assistant on the Sacramento State men’s tennis coaching staff in 2012. During his tenure with the Hornets, Kurtz has helped coach the Hornets to a 108-71 overall record, a 50-3 mark in the Big Sky Conference, five NCAA Tournament appearances (2007, 2009-12), five conference tournament crowns (2007, 2009-12) and five Big Sky regular season championships (2007-11). In addition, Sacramento State has received a combined 26 all-conference selections during his seven seasons, including 18 first team selections and five MVP awards.
Over the last two seasons, the Hornets won a pair of Big Sky Tournament crowns and combined for a 15-1 league record despite many new faces on the roster. In fact, the Hornets used four freshmen in the 2012 singles lineup every match, and still found a way to win eight of their last 11 matches and post a 7-1 league mark. In 2011, the roster featured eight newcomers and Sacramento State finished a perfect 8-0 in conference. The team had won 24 straight conference matches (dating back to 2010) before falling at Montana, 4-3, earlier this year.
Also during the 2010-11 academic year, Kurtz coached senior Kiryl Harbatsiuk to the program's first-ever ITA Northwest Regional singles title, a quarterfinal appearace at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Tennis Championship, the Big Sky Conference MVP, and the Sacramento State Senior Male Athlete of the Year award.
In 2010, Sacramento State posted a 17-12 overall record and a 7-1 mark in the conference. The team swept both opponents (Montana, Northern Arizona) it faced in the Big Sky Tournament before falling in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to ninth-ranked UCLA. During the season, the team put together a 10-match winning streak. In 2009, despite a singles lineup that included four underclassmen and no seniors, Sacramento State posted a 19-7 overall record and a perfect 8-0 mark in Big Sky play. The team won 18 of its final 20 matches of the season prior to falling in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to ninth-ranked Stanford.
In 2008, Kurtz helped guide Sacramento State to a 15-8 overall record and an 8-0 mark in the conference. Four of his players earned all-conference honors, including Anton Stryhas being named the league’s MVP. In Kurtz’s first year as a full-time assistant in 2007, the Hornets’ 20-6 record was the team’s best mark in six years, and the team won the Big Sky regular season and tournament crowns for the first time since 2003.
Upon his arrival to the Hornets as a volunteer assistant in the spring of 2006, he helped coach the team to a 12-11 overall record and a share of the Big Sky Conference’s regular season title (5-1 record).
Prior to arriving at Sacramento State, Kurtz, who is a 19-year coaching veteran, was an assistant at American River College (2002-04) where he helped guide the team to a conference championship and a top 10 ranking in the state of California in both 2003 and 2004.
At the high school level, Kurtz was the head varsity tennis coach at both Jesuit High School (1994-05) in Carmichael, Calif., and Loretto High School (2002-05) in Sacramento.
At Jesuit, he coached the team to 11 consecutive league titles and eight section championships. He was named The Sacramento Bee High School Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2005, and the Untied States Professional Tennis Association Northern California High School Coach of the Year in 2005.
He guided Loretto High School to its first two section championships (2004, 2005) in school history, as well as three consecutive league titles (2003-05). For his efforts, he was again named The Sacramento Bee High School Coach of the Year in 2004.
Kurtz and his wife, Cher, reside in Sacramento with their one-year old daughter, Kennedi.
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