A veteran of 30 years in the collegiate tennis coaching ranks Dr. Steve Strome is the winningest men?s tennis coach at Army with a 175-101 record in 10 years at the helm of the Black Knight program. Since he arrived at West Point in 1992, Strome has guided the Black Knights to winning season each year and back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
In his ten seasons at Army, Strome has lifted the Army tennis program to heights not seen since the 1960s. In his tenure, which includes 10 wins over archrival Navy, Army tennis has averaged 17.5 wins a season. In the last four season, Strome?s teams have combined for a 83-35 record, winning back-to-back Patriot League Championships in 2000 and 2001 after reaching the league tourney finals for the eighth straight season, winning five of nine titles in all. With wins over archrival Navy in the 2000 and 2001 league championships, Army advanced to their first two NCAA Tournament appearances.
Twice selected as coach of the U.S. Olympic Festival and once as the U.S. Intersectional?s coach, Strome coached many individuals to success. Twenty-eight players have been selected to the all-Patriot League team in the nine years.
Under Strome?s direction, Army tennis squads have reeled off 10 consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1940-49, and the Black Knights have rolled through Patriot League competition to the tune of five conference championships in the past 10 years. Since the league adopted a team-formatted championship tournament in 1994, Army has reached the finals every year but 2002, winning championships in 1994, 1995, 2000 and 2001.
Strome garnered Patriot League ?Coach of the Year? honors in 1993, 1995, 2000 and 2001. In 1994, he notched career win No. 400, and in 1999 he became only the 15th men?s tennis coach ever to reach the 500-win plateau. Strome boasts a career record of 541-253 (.681) as a collegiate tennis coach, including a 157-88 (.645) mark in nine years at West Point. Army?s 6-1 win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Apr. 22,1999 moved him past Leif Nordlie as Army?s winningest men?s tennis coach. Nordlie recorded 136 triumphs from 1947-63. Strome is also ranked eighth among active national coaches in career victories.
A 1964 graduate of Miami University (Ohio), Strome collected his first 383 wins in coaching stints at Miami, Louisiana State, and Duke. In the year prior to his arrival at West Point, he served as a collegiate director of athletics and chairman of a health and sports science department. Unable to shake the urge to get back into coaching tennis, Strome came to West Point prior to the 1992 fall season, and he promptly led his troops to a win over arch-rival Navy in only his second dual match as Army head coach.
Strome coached basketball for five years at Miami before beginning his tennis coaching career at his alma mater, where he guided the Redskins from 1969-79, being named the Mid American Conference ?Coach of the Year? five times. From 1979-82, he was the head tennis coach at LSU. All told, four of his players--three from Duke and one form Miami--went on to earn All-America honors.
Strome earned his masters degree in school administration from Miami in 1966, then went on to earn a Ph.D in physical education and athletic administration from Ohio State in 1972. He also earned teaching certificates in health, physical education and mathematics.
In addition to his coaching duties at West Point, he also serves as tennis director at the sparkling new Lichtenberg Tennis Center.
Strome and his wife, Barbara, have two children, Korin (24) and Erin (22).