Martin Stiegwardt is in his third season as the Assistant Men's Tennis Coach at Auburn.
His first season with the Tigers was 2013-14, when Stiegwardt helped direct the team to a 14-14 record and a 16th straight NCAA Tournament appearance. During his first season Stiegwardt coached two Auburn players into the NCAA Individual Tournament, Dan Cochrane and Lukas Ollert. In the 2014-2015 season Stiegwardt coached Lukas Ollert and Max Hinnisdaels to the ITA Regional Finals where Ollert took the title. In doubles play Ollert and partner Marko Krickovic were the ITA Regionals runners up.
Stiegwardt spent his first two years as a coach at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he was the assistant coach for the men's and women's programs. He was named 2012-13 ITA Regional Assistant Coach of the Year during his final season at VCU. While coaching at VCU, both men and women’s teams won the Conference Title every year under Stiegwardt’s guidance. The men’s team finished both years ranked top 30 in the nation with Stiegwardt as the Assistant Coach and coached two Conference Most Valuable Players of the Year. During his first year at VCU he guided Alexis Heugas and Antoine Baroz to the quarterfinals of NCAA in doubles, earning All-American status. Throughout Stiegwardt’s coaching career he has had players qualify for the NCAA tournament in singles and doubles every year.
He also boasts an impressive resume outside the collegiate level, serving as the Executive Director of Tennis at SportsQuest Tennis Academy in Richmond, Va., and serving as tennis pro and Junior Academy Director at Willow Oaks Country Club. Stiegwardt has worked in the professional tour, serving as travelling coach for Giovanni Lapentti, who reached an ATP ranking of #110.
The native of Quito, Ecuador, also had an illustrious playing career. Stiegwardt competed at Wimbledon and French Open Junior Events during his youth, while also playing for Ecuador in the Davis Cup. Stiegwardt was one of the top junior players in the world ranked as high as #40 in singles and #24 in doubles by the ITF (International Tennis Federation). He was also the National singles and doubles champion in the Under 12, 14, 16 and 18 age groups in Ecuador.
He began his collegiate career at University of Florida in 2003. Stiegwardt then transferred to Georgia State University in 2005, where he graduated in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in business management. Stiegwardt was named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll while receiving the CAA Commissioner's Award during his final two years at GSU. Stiegwardt served as team captain for GSU during his junior and senior years. He also played in the number 1 position both in singles and doubles while at Georgia State and helped the tennis team achieve its highest team ranking in school history, #33 in the nation.
Some of his achievements during his playing career are: 2007 CAA Most Outstanding Performer, 2007 First Team All-CAA, 2007 Second Team All-CAA Doubles, CAA Singles Player of the Week. He finished his career ranked in the top 50 in the NCAA in singles, qualifying for the NCAA Individual Tournament during his senior year, making him the first tennis player in GSU history to receive that honor. Stiegwardt was named Student-Athlete of the year at Georgia State University during his 2005-2006 campaign.
He and his wife Ashlee reside in Auburn with their Westies Deco, Lady and Mash.