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Vikings hire tennis coach

Ascher's men's and women's teams will begin play in 2007

Steven Ascher has been named head coach of Portland State's new men's and women's tennis programs.

Ascher was assistant men's tennis coach at the University of Portland from 2003-2004. He also played tennis while attending UP from 1992-1996. As UP assistant men's and women's coach from 2001-2002, Ascher coached two all-West Coast Conference singles players and two all-WCC doubles players. He also coached a nationally ranked singles player and nationally ranked doubles team. Ascher also served as UP assistant men's and women's tennis coach from 1997-1998.

From 1998-2000, he was assistant men's and women's coach at Millersville (Pa.) University.

'It's great to have a person who has local connections,' says Teri Mariani, interim director of athletics.

Portland State will begin competition in tennis in the 2007-2008 academic year. PSU had competed in tennis before 2003, but cut the program.

'I think it's a unique opportunity to rebuild here at Portland State and to work in the academic and athletic setting,' says Ascher, a Portland native.

At Millersville, Ascher's women's team went to the 1999 and 2000 NCAA Division II tournament, reaching the Sweet Sixteen both years. The team was Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference champion during those years.