Men's Tennis Coaching Staff
Sander Koning
Assistant Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Assistant Coach
Hometown: Oosthuitzen, Holland
Alma Mater: Clemson, '05
Experience: 2 Years

Sander Koning was named the Old Dominion University men's tennis assistant coach, head coach Aljosa Piric announced in October 2011.

Since then, Koning has been hard at work for the Monarchs. In the spring of 2014, Koning helped guide the Monarchs to a 12-10 record, including an 11-6 showing in home matches. Koning also helped lead ODU to victory over the No. 64 ranked College of Charleston at home.  He was an integral mentor for Carlos Lopez Villa who was recognized by C-USA for his accomplishments on and off the court. The junior from Madrd, Spain was named to the All-C-USA Singles First Team and was also named to the C-USA All-Academic Team. Additionally, Lopez Villa received the Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award in May.

In the fall of 2013, Koning helped guide junior Carlos Lopez Villa to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships. Prior to the National tournament, Koning helped lead Lopez Villa to a USTA/ITA regional crown, which was just the second time a male from ODU accomplished such a feat.

During the 2012-13 campaign, Koning helped the Monarchs knock off 27th ranked Harvard. The squad also landed Carlos Lopez Villa on the All-C-USA First Team for singles action and Lopez Villa and Can Cetinel on the All-C-USA Second Team for doubles play. After the 2012-13 season, Koning and the team were awarded the coveted Monarch Cup for being the most influential team in regards to community service and giving back at Old Dominion University.

"We are excited to have Sander join our coaching staff. He brings a wealth of experience as a player and a coach, and should be a big asset in recruiting, having developed many great contacts throughout Europe in the last several years," Piric said. "His vision, passion, and commitment to development of our student-athletes is second to none and I look forward to him being a great mentor and a role model for our guys."

Koning played collegiate tennis at Clemson, where he was a two-time All-ACC performer and a four-time All-Academic student-athlete. His highest ranking as a singles player was No. 64 and he helped the Tigers achieve a No. 5 team ranking.

Koning earned his Bachelor's degree and Master's degree in sports management from Clemson. While he was finishing his masters, he worked as a Volunteer coach for the men's tennis team.

Following completion of his master's, he returned to The Netherlands, where he competed in the highest club competition. He was ranked as high as No. 16 in singles and No. 7 in doubles.

For the last year and a half, he worked for the Dutch Tennis Federation.