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App State men's and women's tennis announced the addition of Craig Schwartz to both staffs on Wednesday.
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Schwartz Named Volunteer Assistant for Tennis
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Wednesday 10/05/2016 (ET)
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BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University men’s and women’s tennis announced the addition of Craig Schwartz to the staff as a volunteer assistant, announced by men’s head coach Bob Lake and women’s head coach Blake Mosley on Wednesday.

Schwartz will be brought on as a volunteer assistant in his first season at App State and will bring a slew of experience from previous coaching stops, including his most recent as the head men’s tennis coach at Bucknell.

“Coach Schwartz brings a great pedigree of tennis experience that will help us win right away,” said coach Mosley. “He knows how to develop tennis athletes and brings out their full potential. We’re excited to have him here in Boone.”

“This is a great addition for us” stated coach Lake. “He’s been a Division I head coach at Bucknell and turned that program around. So he’s bringing experience that will certainly help us win here and contend in the conference. 

The first-year volunteer assistant will help with the development, technique and skill of the student-athletes for both teams, looking to help the men’s and women’s teams become contenders in the Sun Belt. 

“I am honored to be afforded the opportunity given by Coach Lake and Coach Mosley to work with both tennis programs at Appalachian State,” mentioned Schwartz. “ My job is to do whatever is needed to help us pursue our ultimate goal of winning a Sun Belt Championship.  I am excited to get to work and assist in any way I can to better our student-athletes both on and off the court.”

In his three years with the Bison, Schwartz turned the Bison from a three-win squad to a 14-win team that reached the Patriot League semifinals. 

At the helm, Schwartz guided BU’s Nick Bybel to Patriot League Player of the Year honors, who also won Doubles Team of the Year with teammate Bryan Adams. 

Before heading into the Division I ranks, Schwartz spent five years as the tennis coach and coordinator at Queens College in Flushing, New York. He led the Knights to an 88-28 mark while earning NCAA Tournament berths all five seasons, advancing to the Round of 16 in four straight campaigns. 

Schwartz was named the ITA East Region Coach of the Year in 2009 and the ECC Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2012. He coached two ITA All-Americans, three ECC Players of the Year and 23 ECC All-Conference selections during his five years with the program.

Schwartz began his collegiate coaching career at his alma mater, embracing two stints as the head coach at Dowling College during which time he compiled a 26-18 record. He guided the team to a NCAA Tournament berth and NYCAC championship during the 2003-04 season, earning NYCAC Coach of the Year honors. He then returned to the program from 2005-07, leading the Golden Lions to two more NCAA Tournament appearances. 

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