Coaching Experience Kansas State, Head Coach (1984-present) Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, Head Coach (1980-84)
Coaching Honors All-time career wins leader in K-State women's tennis history (264) 2000 Big 12 Coach of the Year 1996 ITA Central Region Coach of the Year 1989 Big Eight Conference Coach of the Year Three NCAA Tournament appearances (1996, 1998, 2003) Has coached two ITA All-Americans Second-longest tenured coach in school history behind legendary track coach Ward Haylett
Kansas State women's tennis coach Steve Bietau is in his 29th season as coach of the Wildcats in the 2012-13 season. Bietau, who is the second-longest tenured head coach in school history behind legendary track and field coach Ward Haylett (34 seasons), eclipsed the 200-win plateau in 2006 and his teams have won 264 dual matches in his 29 seasons as the leader of the Kansas State program (264-348, .431). The continued success of his teams both on and off the court has shown Bietau's knowledge and commitment to Kansas State University and the Wildcat tennis program.
Bietau guided K-State to one of the finest seasons in the program's 35 years of women's tennis history during the 2011 season, as the Wildcats registered a school-record for wins in a season with its 16-7 overall record. The Wildcats were also stellar in Big 12 action, as the squad registered the most Big 12 victories for the program since the 2006 season with a 6-5 mark. The outstanding season did not go unnoticed, as the Wildcats finished the season ranked No. 46 in the final Campbell/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Team Rankings and No. 5 in the Campbell/ITA Central Region team rankings. The national ranking capped a run of 14 consecutive weeks ranked among the top-75, including the program's highest ranking in school history at No. 31 on March 29.
The Wildcats jumped out to a fast start to begin the spring with a 7-0 record to begin the season, which was the best unbeaten stretch since the 1989 season. K-State did not register wins against lower competition during its record setting season, as K-State defeated four squads ranked at the time of competition in the Campbell/ITA Top-75 including a 4-3 upset at No. 10 Baylor and the program's first ever win over No. 25 Texas A&M.
Bietau's 2011 squad was led by freshman Petra Niedermayerova and sophomores Karla Bonacic (21-9) and Ana Gomez Aleman (20-13). The trio all surpassed the 20-win mark and combined to tally a 65-32 record including a 23-8 record in Big 12 action.
Niedermayerova capped a stellar debut season in Manhattan with a 24-10 record and became the fourth player in school history to garner an appearance in the NCAA Singles Championships. The product of Brno, Czech Republic concluded her first season with a number of honors including: ITA Central Region Rookie of the Year, ITA Central Region Player to Watch, Big 12 Player of the Year and Big 12 Freshman of the Year. Niedermayerova became just the second player in Big 12 history to garner both Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors in the same season.
Besides Niedermayerova, Kansas State has produced six other conference singles champions under Bietau's tutelage - Tamar Kvaratskhelia (2005 Big 12 No. 2 singles), Alena Jecminkova (2002 Big 12 No. 1 singles), Kathy Chuda (2000 Big 12 No. 5 singles; 2001 Big 12 No. 4 singles), Karina Kuregian (1996 Big 8 No. 2 singles), Michele Riniker (1992 Big 8 No. 1 singles) and Helen Schildknecht (1990 Big 8 No. singles). Bietau has also developed five conference doubles champions during his time with the Wildcats.
The 2010 Wildcats carded a 7-13 overall record and a 4-7 mark in Big 12 action. The seven wins were the most since the 2008 campaign and the four conference wins were the most since the 2006 season. Bietau guided his squad to the program's first-ever 7-0 win over Sunflower State rival Kansas and saw his team defeat No. 70 ranked Texas Tech, 5-2, in the regular season home finale.
Off the court during the 2010 season, Bietau witnessed three student-athletes earn Academic All-Big 12 first team honors (Petra Chuda, Nina Sertic and Natasha Vieira). Bietau's commitment to his athletes' success in the classroom over the years has been rewarded a number of times, including: coaching eight ITA Scholar-Athletes, three CoSIDA Academic All-America and All-District selections, and 44 members to the All-Big 12 Academic team, including a school-record four members in 2003. In addition, his 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002 and 2003 squads each were named ITA All-Academic teams with a combined GPA of over 3.4.
The 2008 edition of the Wildcats registered an 8-14 record and tallied an upset win over Nebraska in the Big 12 Championship first round. K-State also placed one student-athlete on the All-Big 12 first team (Viviana Yrureta) and three student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 first team (Yrureta, Katerina Kudlackova and Natasha Vieira).
Bietau's 2006 squad finished the season 11-10, the eighth season in Bietau's tenure that the Wildcats finished with a winning record.
The 2006 Wildcats went 6-5 in Big 12 competition and finished undefeated in the north division. Kansas State spent the entire season ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) polls and finished the season as the No. 54 team in the nation.
During the 2006 season, Alena Jecminkova, who played for Bietau and the Wildcats from 1999 to 2002, was named to the Big 12 Women's Tennis 10th Anniversary Team.
In 2003, the Wildcats had the best season of any Bietau team and posted a school-record 15 victories and a record-tying seven Big 12 wins en route to reaching the round of 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. K-State upset No. 9 Virginia Commonwealth and No. 16 Northwestern before bowing out to No. 5 USC in the regional semifinals. It marked the third time the Wildcats have advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Kansas State finished the season at No. 32 in the ITA final poll and were ranked No. 1 in the ITA Central Region poll. Individually, Petra Sedlmajerova and Paulina Castillejos were ranked No. 4 in doubles in the region, while Sedlmajerova (No. 8), Maria Rosenberg (No. 13) and Jessica Simosa (No. 21) finished the season ranked in singles in the region.
During the memorable season, the team posted a six-match winning streak, the fifth-longest in school history, and earned wins over NCAA Tournament participants Colorado and Missouri. Sedlmajerova was named to the All-Big 12 singles' team, while Sedlmajerova and Castillejos were selected to the all-conference doubles team.
In addition, Sedlmajerova became Kansas State's then-career leader in both singles' (77) and doubles' (73) wins and third in singles' winning percentage (.620). Also, Hayley McIver and Andrea Cooper won 22 and 20 matches, respectively, becoming the first Wildcats since 2001 to have a 20-win season. McIver was twice named the Big 12 Player of the Week on April 1 and 15.
The success in 2003 was nothing new for Bietau, who has twice been named the conference coach of the year (1989, 2000) and ITA Central Region Coach of the Year (1990, 1996) during his 19 years in Manhattan.
The 2000 Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year, Bietau had yet another successful season in 2000. The Wildcats posted 14 victories overall, the most since 1990, including a win over Kansas, the first win for Kansas State over the Jayhawks since 1973, and a win over then-No. 18 Baylor. For three seasons, Kansas State's Jecminkova qualified for the NCAA Singles Championships, while she won ITA Central Region and Big 12 Conference Player of the Year (2002), Central Region Player to Watch (2000) and All-Big 12 honors (2002, 2001 & 2000).
In 2000, he helped guide Kathy Chuda to a Big 12 No. 5 singles championship and Sedlmajerova was honored as the ITA Central Region Rookie of the Year and the Big 12 Freshman of the Year.
Bietau, also the 1989 Big Eight Conference Coach of the Year, has led the Wildcats to their only three NCAA Tournament appearances. Kansas State's 1996 team defeated Utah, 5-0, in the first round of the Central Regional, before falling to Kansas, 5-4, in the semifinals. In 1998, the Wildcats lost in the first round of the regional to No. 3-seed New Mexico, 5-3.
Kansas State's success is due in large part to Bietau's outstanding recruiting, especially on the international level. Bietau recruited Kansas State's only two All-Americans, Yana Dorodnova (1998) and Karina Kuregian (1994) from Russia and Armenia, respectively.
Other strong seasons for the Wildcats include 1992, when Kansas State finished second in the Big Eight and 1989 when the Wildcats tallied 14 victories.
Over the years Bietau's work has been respected and recognized by his peers, and for his efforts, Bietau has twice been honored by the ITA, winning the Central Region Coach of the Year honor in both 1990 and 1996.
In addition to his coaching duties, Bietau has served as a member of the ITA's Board of Directors. He also served as the ITA Central Region Chair from 1992-97. In addition, Bietau was a member of the NCAA Women's Tennis Committee from 1992-96 and served as chair of the committee in 1997.
Prior to coming to Kansas State in 1984-85, Bietau served as head men's and women's tennis coach at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College from 1980-84. There, he led Hutchinson to a 13th place finish at the National Junior College Championships in 1984. While at Hutchinson, Bietau also spent time as a teaching professional at Prairie Dunes Tennis Club in Hutchinson.
Bietau, a native of Rockford, Ill., prepped at Rockford West (Ill.) High School and attended Rockvalley (Ill.) Junior College before transferring to Doane (Neb.) College where he graduated in 1979. During his playing career at Doane, Bietau qualified for the NAIA National Tennis Tournament three times.
Bietau resides in Manhattan with his wife Connie, their three sons, Brad, Drew and Justin, and their daughter Kayla.