May 17, 2007

Dreves Resigns as EWU Head Tennis Coach

May 17, 2007

Patrick Dreves announced his resignation from his position as head men's and women's tennis coach at Eastern Washington University on Thursday (May 17). He made the move in order to spend more time with his family, act as the director of junior development at the Spokane Athletic Club and serve as assistant men's and women's coach at Whitworth College, his alma mater.

"I would like to have the ability to spend more time with my family; my wife and I are expecting our third child," Dreves said. "Being the head coach of two teams at the NCAA Division I level certainly makes that difficult with the amount of recruiting and travel. I never have been a 9-to-5 coach; I want to be successful. My goal, when I took this program over, was to win the Big Sky Conference Tournament. We are certainly close."

At the Spokane Athletic Club, Dreves will be in charge of the entire junior program, which consists of 400 of the top junior players from the area.

Dreves played tennis at Whitworth in 1992-93 and 1994-95 and soccer in the 1992 and 1993 seasons. He then earned a bachelor's degree in business management in 1995 and served as head coach in 1996.

He enjoyed his time at Eastern and helped turn around both of the men's and women's programs in lightning speed. Prior to his arrival, both squads went winless (the men were 0-11 in 2004, while the women went 0-14 that campaign) before the teams combined to go 7-34 his first year, 17-21 in 2006 and 22-17 this season.

This year, Dreves was named the Big Sky Conference Men's Tennis Coach of the Year to become the first-ever tennis coach at Eastern, men's or women's, to win the award. Both of his 2007 teams earned winning regular-season league marks for the first time ever and the men's squad advanced to the Big Sky's championship match, snapping an all-time 0-40 postseason record since joining the Division I ranks in 1984.

"We appreciate the positive contributions made by Patrick in advancing our tennis program," interim athletic director Michael Westfall said. "His desire to spend more time with his growing family is admirable, and he will be missed."

The resignation will be effective June 1.

"The administration here has been fantastic," Dreves said. "I loved my time at Eastern Washington; I think it is a great school and the Big Sky is a great conference. When you look at our recruiting classes, we are very young, very talented on both sides. We return the top six players on both teams, so the future is certainly bright for the Eagle tennis program.

"I'm going to do everything I can to help out (assistant coach) Darren Haworth and (program assistant) Jan Steenekamp and make it as smooth a transition as possible."

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