Aug. 13, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. - K-State women's tennis head coach Danielle Steinberg
announced the addition of assistant coach Mark Denenfeld
to her inaugural staff on Wednesday.
"I am very excited about Mark joining our staff," stated Steinberg. "Mark brings a lot of hunger and enthusiasm, but also a great level of maturity and tennis intelligence. He was a great college player himself, and spent the last year coaching one of the best teams in the country, alongside a top coaching staff which makes him a tremendous addition to our program. Most importantly I think he will fit right in with the culture we want to build and with the Wildcat family. "
Denenfeld joins Steinberg's staff after serving as the volunteer assistant coach at Michigan last season. The Wolverines finished the 2014 season ranked No. 17 in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings which included a 22-5 overall record and a Big Ten regular season title with an 11-0 mark.
While on the staff in Ann Arbor, Denenfeld was involved in a number of on court instruction and conditioning sessions. He was also involved in a number of recruiting activities for the Wolverines including the organization of all recruiting information and assisting the head coach and associate head coach during official and unofficial visits.
"I am thrilled to be in Manhattan as a member of the Kansas State family and the women's tennis program," said Denefeld about the opportunity. "Coach Steinberg is one of the finest young coaches in college tennis and I look forward to working with her to bring Kansas State tennis to the forefront of the Big 12 Conference and the nation."
Prior to joining Michigan, Denenfeld served as the interim assistant coach at Illinois during the spring of 2013. While with the Illini, he composed game plans and assisted with recruiting including evaluations of prospective student-athletes.
Before beginning his coaching career, Denenfeld was a four-year varsity letter winner at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was a two-time team captain for the Hornets and was a three-time All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) selection. While playing at Kalamazoo, Denenfeld was a member of four MIAA team championships and four NCAA Division III Tournament team appearances.
As a team entering the 2014-15 season, the K-State will welcome back six players from its 2013-14 lineup headlined by senior Amina St. Hill. The Wildcats will also add Tegan Louw into the mix as she missed the 2013-14 season due to injury and freshman signee Laura Hopton. K-State finished the 2013-14 season with a 10-13 overall record and ranked No. 6 in the ITA Central Region rankings and No. 68 in the ITA National Team rankings.