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September 11, 2008

Dan Silverstein named as Tech's men's and women's tennis coach

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - Dan Silverstein, who has guided ranked or championship caliber tennis programs at South Alabama, West Virginia, Southeastern Louisiana and UNC Asheville, has been named men's and women's tennis coach at Tennessee Tech University.

TTU Director of Athletics Mark Wilson announced the addition of Silverstein to the Tech staff, where he will serve as head coach of both the men's and women's teams "Dan Silverstein has an outstanding resume with a trail of success at every level he has coached," Wilson said. "His teams have not only competed for and won championships, but his student-athletes have earned numerous academic honors, as well. It's a good indication of his abilities to not only coach his teams on the court, but also keep them focused on success in the classroom and earn their degrees.

"That makes him a perfect fit for Tennessee Tech," Wilson said.

Silverstein, 39, is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., and a four-year letterman at Slippery Rock University where he earned his degree in 1994 in Sports Management.

"I've worked for outstanding Athletics Directors at West Virginia and South Alabama, and I feel that coming to Tennessee Tech and working with Mark Wilson will continue that trend," Silverstein said.

"I look forward to continuing the team's success in the OVC, and I'm ready to go to work," he said.

He began his head coaching career at UNC Asheville in 1997, and directed both the men's and women's teams for two years. Both teams posted 14-win seasons in his second year, with both reached the semifinals of the Big South Conference tournament, the men for the first time in school history. Both of his UNCA squads were tabbed ITA all-academic teams and 10 players earned conference academic honors.

In 1999, he took the post as head men's and women's tennis coach at Southeastern Louisiana, and in 2000 he was named the Women's Tennis Coach of the Year in Louisiana. In 2001, both teams advanced to the Southland Conference semi-finals for the first time in school history. Once again, 10 of his players were named to the conference's all-academic first-team.

Silverstein moved to the University of West Virginia in 2001, where he spent five seasons as women's tennis head coach. In four of those years, his teams earned ITA all-academic honors, and three times his squad topped all other West Virginia teams with a 3.6 team GPA. His 2005 team won a school-record 16 matches, including a 10-0 mark at home, and earned a program-best fifth place finish in the Big East championships.

In January 2007 he went to South Alabama to serve as interim coach for the nationally ranked men's team and led them to their 17th Sun Belt title.

During his six-month stint at South Alabama, Silverstein had the team ranked as high as 16th nationally before finishing 27th in the final ITA poll. The Jaguars were 22-5, winning the Sun Belt Conference championship while advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to No. 7 Mississippi.

His team downed No. 37 Minnesota in its NCAA Tournament first round match. During the regular season, USA went 10-5 against nationally ranked opponents, defeating No. 29 Louisville on the road, No. 54 Mississippi State, No, 62 BYU, No. 36 Old Dominion, No. 29 Texas Tech, No. 75 Indiana, No. 50 Arizona State, No. 34 Middle Tennessee and No. 60 Northwestern.

All five of the losses during the year were to teams ranked No. 33 or higher. One of USA's wins was a 7-0 victory over Tennessee Tech in Mobile.

After meeting with the returning players, Silverstein is optimistic about the coming year for both Golden Eagle teams.

"On the men's side, these returnees will automatically compete for another OVC championship," Silverstein said. "On the women's side, with the talent we have in place and the addition of a solid incoming class of recruits in January, I believe we'll be able to compete for an OVC championship this year and into the future."

Silverstein said he likes the players on both roster.

"I've got a great group of kids on both teams, and I couldn't be any happier than to be their coach," he said.

The new head coach has taken little time to settle into his new position, which began this week.

"I'm excited to be a part of Cookeville and the Tennessee Tech community," he said.

He attended Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh where he was a three-sport standout, competing in tennis, football and cross country. He was a four-year letterman at Slippery Rock, playing No. 1 doubles and No. 2 through No. 4 singles, and helped lead the team to the Division II NCAA tournament three out of four years. His team was also ranked in the Top 25 all four years.

Upon graduation, he worked as an assistant coach at Slippery Rock and spent time traveling to play Satellite Tournaments. He is currently working toward a master's degree in Administration, which he will continue at Tech.