Patrick Dreves
Patrick Dreves
College: Whitworth '95
Position: Head Coach
Experience: 3rd Year
Eastern Washington University men's and women's tennis head coach Patrick Dreves has changed the fortunes of the Eagle tennis programs at a stunning rate since his first season of 2005. His men's squad last year recorded its first winning mark (10-8) since the 1985 Eagle team went 13-10. That came after his initial team in 2005 went 3-17, accumulating in the process the same number of wins it had tallied in the previous three years combined (3-35). On the women's side, the 2006 team went 7-13 after going 4-17 his first year at Eastern. That marks the same number of wins as the Eagle women had attained in the four years prior to Dreves' arrival in Cheney (4-53). Dreves' recruiting efforts have shown themselves on the tennis court. The first player he ever recruited, Kasey Knox, has played at No. 1 singles the majority of the junior's time at Eastern. He has also recruited the men's team's Nos. 1 and 2 singles players, Pannhara Mam and Kyle Schraeder. Both of those players have split time at those two positions, while playing together at No. 1 doubles. In Dreves' coaching career, he has also been involved with junior tennis, college tennis and the United States Tennis Association (USTA). Maintaining his involvement with the USTA, Dreves led the boys U-18 Pacific Northwest Junior Davis Cup team to a fifth-place finish in a 17-team tournament in South Carolina in August 2004 while holding positions on both the Youth Competition Committee and the Junior Coaches Commission. The teams competing consisted of the top six players from the 17 United States Tennis Association (USTA) regions. Dreves' team, which entered the tournament unranked, defeated Florida and Northern California -- two of the top six teams in the tournament --- to get one of its highest finishes ever. The co-founder and assistant coach of the Northwest Tennis Academy, Dreves trained and developed top Pacific Northwest juniors to compete at the national and professional levels. Prior to his work with the Northwest Tennis Academy, he was the director of tennis and the NCAA compliance officer at Linfield College. In just three short years while at Linfield, Dreves took both the men's and women's programs from last-place finishes all the way to conference champions. During that time, he was twice honored as Northwest Conference Coach of the Year, won a pair of NWC titles and helped Linfield attain the McIlroy-Lewis All-Sports Trophy. Dreves' resume also includes a stint as the men's and women's assistant coach at Gonzaga, the head men's tennis coach at his alma mater of Whitworth College, and tennis pro at Spokane Athletic Club. As a student-athlete at Whitworth, Dreves was the captain of both the tennis and soccer teams and received NAIA All-America honors. He graduated in 1995 and earned a degree in business management. Dreves was born May 26, 1970. He and his wife, Theresa, who was an All-West Coast Conference volleyball player at Gonzaga, were married in July 2001 and have two children.
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