Krauel Hired as Head Coach of Men's Tennis Team

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University has hired Toby Krauel as the head coach for its men's tennis team. He will begin working at Willamette immediately. Krauel previously was the head coach at Gonzaga University for seven years (1993-00) and was an assistant coach at the University of Portland for one year (1990-91).

"We are excited about adding Toby to coach our men's tennis team," said Mark Majeski, director of athletics. "He did an excellent job of upgrading Gonzaga's tennis program and has shown tremendous commitment to tennis, both as a player and as a coach."

Krauel graduated from Portland in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He also holds a law degree from the Gonzaga University School of Law (1994). He currently serves as an adjunct professor in the School of Law at Lewis & Clark College.

He played tennis as an undergraduate and achieved the West Coach Conference Scholar-Athlete Award in 1988-89 and 1989-90. He was Portland's Most Inspirational Tennis Player three times.

Krauel continues to be active as a tennis player. He was ranked third in the United States for Men's 35 Doubles in 2004 and 2005. At the same time, he was ranked 23rd in the U.S. in Men's 35 Singles. In 2006, he ranked seventh in the nation in Men's 35 Doubles. He was ranked #1 in the Pacific Northwest in Men's 35 Doubles in 2005 and 2006.

In addition to participating in competitive tennis, Krauel is an active distance runner. He has completed six marathons.

As a coach at Gonzaga, he built a competitive team after taking over a program that was struggling prior to his arrival. He put together a tough schedule for the Bulldogs and served as the first tennis liaison between the West Coach Conference and the men's tennis coaches. Krauel also has been an instructor since 2005 at the Linfield Tennis Camp and Academy.

The Willamette men's tennis team reached the semifinals of the Northwest Conference Tournament each of the past two seasons. Both times, WU entered the tournament seeded #5 and won its first round match over the #4 seed. This year, the Bearcats edged Whitworth in the first round, 5-4, before falling to eventual champion Whitman College in the semifinals, 6-3, and losing to Linfield College in the third place match, 6-3.

In dual matches, Willamette was 8-8 in the NWC this spring, while going 9-11 overall. In 2006-07, the Bearcats also went 8-8 in the conference and finished 10-12 on the season.

"I'm really excited to take over a program that's been heading in the right direction the last few years," Krauel said. "And I want to bring my experience from Gonzaga to Willamette at the Division III level and hopefully develop a team that can compete for Northwest Conference championships and qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

"I think that Willamette is a great opportunity to build a strong tennis program," Krauel added. "It's a solid university academically and it's located in a city that has a significant history in tennis. I'm committed to establishing a strong program. I'm not just going to be here for a year or two."

Toby Krauel, who was the head coach at Gonzaga University from 1993 through 2000, is Willamette's new head men's tennis coach.

Toby Krauel, who was the head coach at Gonzaga University from 1993 through 2000, is Willamette's new head men's tennis coach.