July 20, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State University Athletics Director
Dave Hart announced Tuesday the hiring of Dwayne Hultquist as the new head
coach of the Seminole men’s tennis program.
“Everyone who came into contact with Dwayne during his interview
process was impressed with his energy and expertise,” said Hart. “We are
excited to have Dwayne aboard to lead our program to greater heights.”
Hultquist takes over at Florida State after serving the last eight
years as an assistant coach at the University of Texas. At Texas,
Hultquist’s responsibilities included fund-raising, scheduling, recruiting
and video analysis. He also spent eight years as the co-director of the
ITA Collegiate Championships, and was the Director of both the USTA
National 16 Zone Team Championships and the University of Texas Elite
Tournament Training Camp for the past four years. Hultquist was named the
ITA Regional Assistant Coach of the Year in both 1997 and 1999.
During his tenure at Texas, Hultquist helped produce six
All-American players. Texas also reached the NCAA Tournament round of 16
all eight years, finished in the national Top 10 the last seven and won its
conference championship in six of the last seven seasons. Additionally, he
recruited two former top-ranked junior players from the state of Florida –
Jack Brasington and B.J. Stearns – to play at Texas.
“My family and I are very excited about joining the Tallahassee
community and becoming Seminoles,” said Hultquist. “The program has great
potential and is backed by an outstanding administration that is committed
to excellence. I want to recruit the best players in the state and
nationally to take the program to the next level.”
Hultquist played collegiately at Penn State University. As team
captain in 1986, he earned all-conference honors in both singles and
doubles and was an NCAA Tournament qualifier in doubles. Hultquist played
professionally in the United States, Asia and Israel before going to work
for the United States Tennis Association. From there, he worked at the
Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Prior to joining
the Texas coaching staff in 1991, Hultquist served as a graduate assistant
at the University of Kentucky.
Hultquist graduated from Penn State with a degree in Speech
Communication in 1986. He will take the reigns of a program which has
enjoyed 13 straight winning seasons.
Hultquist and his wife, Angela, have an 18-month-old daughter, Devan.