The Marquette men's tennis team will host IUPUI Friday in season home-opener
The Golden Eagles take on IUPUI Jan. 23 at the Helfaer Tennis Stadium
Squad will split for weekend action on the road
Men's squad sweeps AFA, women picks up two doubles wins
Men's and women's team enjoy first-day success
The 2014-15 campaign for the Marquette University men's tennis program will mark the 12th season under head coach Steve Rodecap, who has guided the team to impressive accomplishments on the court and in the classroom during his tenure with the Golden Eagles.
Rodecap is second all-time at Marquette with 155 dual match victories and has guided the Golden Eagles to a winning record in eight of the last nine years. Over the course of the last six campaigns, at least one MU player has garnered all-conference accolades on seven occasions. Rodecap's tenure has also featured player development, with each of the school's playing records having been established within the last 10 years.
Heavily involved with the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), Rodecap has served as co-chair of the organization's rules committee and is the Midwest Region Chair, which involves him in the weekly team and individual rankings. He has also become invovled in the ITA's mentoring program.
Marquette enjoyed one of its most successful seasons in recent memory in 2013-14. The Golden Eagles finished 16-9 overall and advanced to the BIG EAST Championship semifinals. A trio of players (school record) garnered all-conference accolades and the team also collected its highest-ever national ranking (59th) in program history.
The 2012-13 season was highlighted by a fourth-place finish in the BIG EAST Conference Championship, which matched the team's best-ever effort in the event. Junior Dan Mamalat was named all-league for the second-straight year, while several other team members displayed marked improvement from the previous season.
Rodecap guided Marquette to a 14-win campaign in 2010-11 and a sixth-place finish at the BIG EAST Conference Championship. MU was once again dominant on its home courts, posting an 8-2 mark at Helfaer Tennis Stadium.
The 2009-10 campaign was highlighted by the program's first-ever team ranking by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The Golden Eagles jumped out to an 11-0 start to the dual match campaign and concluded the year by winning five of their final six outings.
Rodecap has guided the program through its transition to the BIG EAST Conference, which includes double-digit win totals in dual matches in each of the last eight seasons of participation. The Golden Eagles posted 17 victories for the second-straight year in 2008-09 and a pair of players claimed all-league accolades.
In the classroom, men's tennis was one of four programs at MU honored in 2009 for top academic performance as part of the NCAA's academic reform program.
Marquette finished 17-7 overall in 2007-08, claiming fifth-place at the BIG EAST Championship for the second-straight year.
The Golden Eagles posted their second-straight winning season in 2006-07 and earned a fifth-place finish at the BIG EAST Conference Championships. Six members of the squad were named BIG EAST Academic All-Stars after completing the year with a grade-point-average of 3.0-or-better.
MU posted an overall record of 14-8 that season, which included a pair of victories over DePaul and Georgetown in the conference championship.
In 2005-06, Rodecap led a young squad and finished the year above .500 for the first time at MU, with a 16-9 record. Peaking at the end of the season, Marquette advanced to the semifinals of the BIG EAST Tournament, finishing fourth.
The Golden Eagles reached double figures in wins in each of their first two seasons (2003-04 and 2004-05) under Rodecap.
Rodecap joined the Marquette program after a successful four-year stint as the head coach at Northern Illinois. In 2001-02, Rodecap guided the program to a runner-up finish at the Mid-American Conference Tournament and an overall record of 16-10. The 16 wins were the most for the NIU men's tennis program since the 1996-97 squad finished the season 18-6.
Newcomers in three of the top four singles spots in 2000-01 helped Rodecap lead NIU to a 14-11 overall mark, doubling the win total of the previous season. One season older and more experienced, the Huskies continued their improvement in the 1999-2000 season with a 13-10 standard.
Under Rodecap's tutelage, the Huskies placed four players on the All-Mid American Conference team, including Raymond VanWasbeek, who earned three consecutive first team berths. In addition to its success on the court, the NIU tennis team fashioned an impressive 3.48 team GPA in his last season and placed two players on the Academic All-MAC Team. Rodecap finished his four year stint at Northern Illinois with a 50-46 record.
Prior to his tenure at NIU, Rodecap served as an assistant coach at Texas Christian University for the 1998-99 campaign. The Horned Frogs posted a 14-6 record for coach Michael Center that season while advancing to the second round of the NCAA Regional Championships, due in large part to the efforts of singles ace Esteban Carril. Rodecap's efforts helped the Horned Frog standout win the 1998 clay court championships and advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships while earning All-America accolades.
Following his playing days, Rodecap remained at Ball State as a graduate assistant for coach Bill Richards. Over the next two seasons BSU won two more conference titles (1996-97, 1997-98).
A standout player in his own right at Ball State University from 1992-96, Rodecap helped BSU to a trio of Mid-American Conference Championships (1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95) during his playing days.
The Anderson, Ind., native received his Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Ball State in 1996.
Rodecap and his wife, Emily, have three children: Patrick, Missouri and Noah.