|Title:||Volunteer Assistant Coach|
Following a storied career as a Golden Eagle on the courts, Alberto Esteban is in his first season as a volunteer assistant coach of the Tennessee Tech tennis team.
A four-time All-OVC recipient, Esteban suited up in purple and gold for the last four years, establishing himself as one of Tech’s most consistent and productive players throughout his TTU tenure. The Madrid, Spain native was named an All-OVC first teamer in 2014, 16, and 17, in addition to a second-team accolade in 2015.
Overall, Esteban’s 55 career singles victories ranks 15th on the all-time Tech list, highlighted by a dominant run throughout conference play with a 24-6 OVC singles mark during his Golden Eagle stint. Esteban, who served as team captain throughout his career, was part of three OVC regular season championships, two OVC Tournament titles and two NCAA Tournament appearances.
Off the court, Esteban proved to be just as successful behind a slew of impressive academic and leadership honors. A member of the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll in every semester as a student, Esteban took home the OVC Scholar Athlete Award as a junior, the highest individual honor that can be earned by an OVC student-athlete. The award, which is given annually to three men and three women student-athletes across the conference in all sports, recognizes accomplishments in the classroom, athletic arena and takes leadership qualities into account. It marked the first Golden Eagle male recipient since 2013-14.
A member of the OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll for all four years, Esteban was also a two-time President’s Award honoree, an ITA Scholar-Athlete Award winner in 2016 and a member of the Pi Tau Sigma mechanical engineering honor society.
Esteban’s impact in the community and beyond was felt during his time as a Golden Eagle student-athlete through a variety of community service endeavors. In his native Spain, Esteban helped create an event called “Tennis para Todos (tennis for everyone)” that invited children and teenagers with limited economic resources to receive free racquet and lessons from instructors. Also as part of his Dynamics of Machinery class, Esteban’s group created an app that emitted words and was controlled by an external joystick to aid an 8-year old child who was neither able to speak or move a majority of his body.