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Men's Tennis

Steve Houghton
Steve Houghton

Head Coach

33 years

Alma Mater:
Iowa, 1971 & 1973


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Bradley at Iowa

Bradley at Iowa Friday, Feb. 1, 2013

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Steve Houghton, the dean of Big Ten coaches, is in his 34th year as head coach of the Hawkeyes. He has compiled a career record of 354-396, recording the most wins of any coach in University of Iowa men's tennis history.

In the past five seasons, Iowa has defeated 22 nationally-ranked teams, including 15 opponents in the nationally recognized Big Ten Conference. Iowa beat 39th-ranked Minnesota in the conference opener in 2014. Houghton also has guided his athletes to success off the court recently as the 2011 Iowa team earned the ITA All-Academic Team Award.

Houghton has coached 20 All-Big Ten performers and his players have received 97 Academic All-Big Ten accolades. He has coached Big Ten singles champions and ITA Regional singles champions, and several of his players have played professional tennis, including Tyler Cleveland, who reached the top 300 ATP in the world.

Since taking over the program in 1982, Houghton has led the Hawkeyes to 13 winning seasons. Two years after taking over the program, the 1984 team won a school record 21 matches and finished fourth in the Big Ten Conference. Mike Inman and Sunil Reddy earned all-Big Ten honors. In 1989, Houghton was named NCAA Region IV Coach of the Year and picked up his 100th career dual win.

Houghton has coached many outstanding student-athletes at Iowa, including Tyler Cleveland, Claes Ramel, Martin Aguirre, Tom Derouin, Klas Bergstrom, Mike Inman, Stuart Waters and Bart van Monsjou.

Cleveland became the first player in conference history to earn consecutive Big Ten Player of the Year awards in 2000 and 2001. He is only one of two Hawkeyes in school history to earn all-Big Ten honors all four years of his career (1998-2001). He was also the first men's tennis player to be named University of Iowa Male Athlete of the Year, earning the honor in 2000. Cleveland's other honors include 2001 Region IV ITA Farnsworth Senior Player of the Year, 2000 Big Ten Sportsman of the Year, 1998 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and 1998 Region IV Rookie of the Year.

The doubles team of Ramel and Aguirre earned Iowa's first-ever national ranking, climbing to as high as 25th, by the Intercollegiate Tennis Coaches Association. In 1989, the duo became the first Hawkeyes to play at the NCAA Championships. They still hold the school record for best doubles record at No. 1 in a season (17-6).

He has coached two Davis Cup players at Iowa - Aguirre from Ecuador and Rudy Foo from Malaysia. Bryan Crowley won the Rolex Region IV championship in 1995 and was ranked first in regional singles action, before falling to career-hampering injuries.

Not only are Houghton's players students of the game, as their victories attest, but they are also students in the classroom. Houghton's players have consistently maintained a grade point average above 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Since the Big Ten started awarding academic all-conference honors in 1987, 40 Hawkeyes have earned Iowa's 88 honors. Iowa has had three four-time honorees (Ben Bamsey, Neil Denahan and Todd Shale), 23 three-time honorees, nine two-time honorees and 13 players earn the honor once.

Houghton also had a successful playing career at Iowa, lettering three years and winning the No. 5 singles championship at the Big Ten meet. His career Big Ten singles record was 21-6, and his career winning percentage of .727 (40-15) is the second best in Iowa history.

The Hawkeye coach was a member of the 1971 Iowa tennis team that recorded a 3.53 team GPA, the highest of any NCAA team in any sport that year. That team also qualified for the NCAA meet after a third place Big Ten finish.

A member of the Iowa Tennis Hall of Fame, Houghton completed his sixth year as a member of the Region IV Ranking Committee. He is also involved with the Iowa City Tennis Association and has worked with the Iowa sports school's tennis program since its inception. He has also served on both the NCAA ranking and selection committees.

An Iowa City native, Houghton was a nationally ranked junior player at City High School. He earned his bachelor's (1971) and master's (1973) degrees from the University of Iowa.

Houghton was born Jan. 9, 1949. Steve and his wife, Leora, have four children: Cari, Jeff, Jon and Scott.

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