PALATINE HILL -- With his accomplishments including the tennis program's first Northwest Conference championship since the 1970s and two regional coach of the year awards, Lewis & Clark head coach Patrick Dreves has resigned to accept a position with the United States Tennis Association.
Director of Physical Education and Athletics Shana Levine made the announcement on Friday.
"Our tennis programs are forever changed because of what Pat accomplished with our student-athletes," said Levine. "We are excited for Pat and his next chapter, as well as what the future holds for our tennis teams with the next head coach."
Dreves spent seven seasons leading both the men's and women's tennis programs and helped each move to unprecedented heights. In 2016, the women's team won their first NWC championship since 1979 and advanced to the NCAA Division III Tennis Championship. The year before and the year after, an individual qualified for nationals as well.
The men's team has qualified for back-to-back NWC Championship title matches in the last two seasons, something the program had not accomplished before. In 2016-17, the Pios ended Whitman's nearly decade-long NWC undefeated streak.
Following the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Dreves was selected the Intercollegiate Tennis Association West Region Coach of the Year. Including Gordon Barrows and Brenden Barrows this year, Dreves has had three student-athletes earn Lewis & Clark's athlete of the year award at the ELCYS awards (Excellence in Lewis & Clark's Year of Sports).
Both teams moved into the national rankings during Dreves' tenure. The women's team ascended to No. 18 in the country during the middle of the 2015-16 season on their way to the NWC title, while the men's team reached a high-water mark in 2016-17 at No. 26. With the final rankings still pending for 2017-18, the women have not been unranked since the start of the 2014-15 season, while the men have been ranked in 14 of the last 17 releases.