Following what was by far the program’s most successful season since moving into the Pac-12 Conference, the University of Colorado opted to not look very far for its new head women’s tennis coach.
On Monday afternoon, CU announced that former assistant Anthony Pham will shed the interim tag from his title to become the seventh coach in program history. Pham replaces Danielle Steinberg, who resigned in June following three seasons with the Buffaloes.
Once Pham logs his first season next year, CU will have had as many head coaches over four seasons (Steinberg, Pham) as it had in the previous 31 years (Tom Russ 1987-1999, Nicole Kenneally 1999-2018).
Pham will be the first Vietnamese-American head coach at CU in any sport and, per a release from CU, he is believed to be the first in any sport at a Power 5 conference (Pac-12, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, SEC).
“Leading the next chapter of the women’s tennis program at CU is an absolute privilege and honor,” Pham said via a release from CU. “Boulder is a special place and the support we are able to provide for our student-athletes is second to none. I am pumped to have the chance to continue working with this fantastic group of young women and together we will work diligently to pursue consistency and excellence in everything we do. Our goal is to continue building an elite program while providing a first-class experience for our student-athletes.”
Pham was hired at CU last October as an assistant after serving as the associate head coach at Wisconsin. He also has had collegiate coaching stops at Purdue and Niagara, where he was named the men’s and women’s Coach of the Year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in 2013.
Pham inherits a program hoping to continue its recent upswing in momentum, as the 6-16 mark Steinberg posted within the Pac-12 — including just two matches during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season — equaled the program’s conference win total over the five previous seasons combined before her arrival. Three of those six wins occurred this past season.
Steinberg’s last official day was June 30, and Pham had been serving as the Buffs’ interim head coach.
“We are excited to name Anthony as our new head coach,” CU athletic director Rick George said in the release. “He was a great assistant for Danielle and is a great recruiter. He knows the game of tennis inside-and-out and I firmly believe that he will continue to build on the success that Danielle had during her time as head coach.”
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