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Nine days after leaving for Arizona State, Adam Steinberg returns as Michigan men’s tennis coach

June 24, 2016

ANN ARBOR – A little more than a week after Michigan men’s tennis coach Adam Steinberg left to head up the Arizona State program, he’s back with the Wolverines.

Michigan announced Friday that Steinberg, who resigned on June 15 after two seasons with the program, was reinstated as coach. A university news release indicated that Steinberg informed Arizona State on Friday he was not accepting the position and then asked Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel if he could return.

“This is a unique circumstance, but we are glad Adam came to the conclusion that leading the Michigan men’s tennis program was the best decision for him and his family,” Manuel said in the university press release. “We look forward to the continued success of the program.”

Steinberg posted an overall record of 28-25 in two seasons at Michigan. After a 7-17 record in 2015, the Wolverines went 21-8 this season for the third most victories in program history – the most since 26 in 1988 – and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. During a Michigan Board of Regents meeting on June 16, Manuel was asked about Steinberg’s resignation and admitted he was surprised by the move.

“I look forward to being at the University of Michigan for many years to come and to build upon what we have established the last two years,” Steinberg said in Friday’s press release. “I want to thank the athletics administration for their continued belief in me as a leader for the program.”

In May Arizona State announced it was reinstating its men’s tennis program, which was dropped in 2008, after Ray Anderson, the school’s athletic director, and his wife donated $1 million. On Friday, Arizona State released a statement regarding Steinberg.

“This morning Adam Steinberg informed us, due to personal reasons, he will not continue as ASU’s men’s tennis coach and will return to Michigan,” Anderson said in the release. “We wish Adam the best and we will resume our coaching search immediately.”

Prior to arriving at Michigan, Steinberg coached 13 seasons at Pepperdine and won a national championship in 2006.

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