Duck Tennis Coach Steps Down

EUGENE – University of Oregon men's tennis coach Kevin Kowalik has announced his resignation from the post, according to the school's Director of Athletics Bill Moos.

Kowalik, 33, assumed the role as the Ducks' head coach in the fall of 2004 following four seasons at Wichita State, where he guided the Shockers to a pair of Missouri Valley Conference titles and two NCAA championship appearances.

Oregon, which began the year searching for its first winning record in four seasons, accumulated a 14-31 record over the past two campaigns and ended the 2005-06 year with a 6-16 ledger while playing without three of its top six players for most of the season due to injuries. The Ducks had managed to secure only one Pacific-10 Conference win in 14 tries over the last two seasons.

"I want to thank Bill Moos for giving me the opportunity to coach at Oregon, however I have decided to step down from coaching here for personal reasons," Kowalik said. "I would like to thank everyone in the University's athletic department and the community for their continued support."

During his Oregon tenure, Kowalik assisted in the development of two-time All-American Sven Swinnen, who became only the second men's player in school history to advance past the opening round of the NCAA individual championships a year ago as a senior. In addition, senior Markus Schiller was named a second-team all-conference selection this year.

The Ducks will conduct a national search for a replacement, with Oregon women's tennis head coach Nils Schyllander also overseeing the men's program on an interim basis.

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