“Steve is highly respected throughout the sport for his knowledge, and our student-athletes will benefit from that experience,” Wetherbee said. “He has demonstrated the commitment to developing, recruiting and winning student-athletes that we value. It was clear when our team members met him that he will be a perfect fit for UM.”
Schram was the head coach of three previous schools, posting an all-time winning percentage of .710. He was selected as the 2015 ITA Southern Region Coach of the Year and helped Barry University win the 2017 and 2018 Division II National Championship.
“I want to thank Scott Wetherbee, Stacie McMullen, Erin Kido, and the entire athletics department for choosing me to be the next head coach of women’s tennis,” Schram added. “I’m so grateful for this amazing opportunity and can’t wait to get started! EMU is a very special place and the culture that has taken hold in the athletics department is truly amazing. Support and camaraderie will play an important role in achieving program goals on and off the field; and the support and camaraderie will help ensure that every member of the tennis team has the most positive student-athlete experience during their time as an Eagle.”
Beyond the stellar duel record in Hattiesburg, Schram helped Southern Miss to an undefeated 30-0 victory at home with triumphs over UAB, Louisiana Tech and the first time in program history beating South Alabama. The program also battled against other national powerhouses in the region, including taking doubles against Mississippi State.
In 2021-22, Schram helped the Golden Eagles go 13-5 overall and 2-1 in Conference USA action. USM finished the season ranked eighth in the South Region, the second best tally in program history. Ebru Zeynep Yazgan was selected to the C-USA All Singles second team after going 7-4 in singles competition. Overall, he helped the Golden Eagles to an unbeaten 8-0 record inside the Southern Miss Tennis Complex as the team extended their home unbeaten streak to 30 straight games.
The 2020-21 team went 8-3 overall, including a 3-1 C-USA record in the regular season. He scored the most championship wins on the program since 2013. Katia de la Garza (second-team singles, doubles) and rookie Suhana Das (second-team doubles) earned recognition from all conferences, marking the first instance of Southern Miss with multiple winners since 2017. De la Garza finished her doubles career 15-2 in her final two years, both with freshman partners. Sarah Medik also earned league All-Academic accolades. Southern Miss also defeated perennial NCAA Sun Belt regular favorite South Alabama for the first time in school history. Additionally, the team ranked 76th nationally in the final ITA rankings.
Overall, Schram’s club finished the season ranked seventh in the Southern Region, which was the highest regional ranking in the program’s history. The five teams ranked ahead of Southern Miss were from the Southeastern Conference.
The 2019-20 team got off to an 11-1 start before the COVID-19 pandemic ended the season, and that would have been the team’s best record in program history. Medik was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team, and four Golden Eagles were named ITA Scholar-Athletes while the team earned an award for a 3,389 GPA. Ebru Zeynep Yazgan also earned Player of the Week honors during the year. Tjasa Jerse was also a C-USA Academic winner in the 2019 season.
Schram was previously an assistant coach at Barry, hired in August 2016, and during his tenure was responsible for on-field coaching, player development, recruiting and administrative duties.
In 2017-18, Schram helped Coach Barry win his second consecutive NCAA Division II National Championship after winning the South Region, Sunshine State Conference Tournament, and regular season titles. The Buccaneers went 28-0 to extend their winning streak to 58 games in a row. Barry defeated West Florida, 5-0, in Surprise, Arizona, to win the national title. Sonja Larsen and Verena Schmid earned All-American honors and finished the season as the top-ranked doubles team.
Schram was named the 2018 NCAA Division II National Assistant Coach of the Year, in addition to winning the South Region Assistant Coach of the Year for the second straight season.
In his first season with the Buccaneers, Schram helped coach Barry establish a 30-0 record and the national championship, beating Lynn, 5-0. The women’s tennis team became the first in the school to win more than 30 matches and go undefeated for the national title after the men went 29-0 and won a ring in 2013. Schram coached four All- Americans in 2016-17, including Ana Pain, Sonja Larsen, Zuza Maciejewska and Dasha Salnikova.
Schram spent three years as head coach at Nova Southeastern University. He guided the Sharks to a 46-19 record in three seasons. He coached three All-Americans, 12 Scholar All-Americans and nine All-Sunshine State Conference selections.
He took the program to new heights in his second season, leading them to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009. He was named ITA Southern Region Coach of the Year, leading the team to a No. 4 national ranking and a final vote of No. 7. They won their first 16 games of the spring season and finished with an 18-3 overall record, finishing second in the conference with a mark of 7- 1.
The Sharks have won wins at No. 3 Saint Leo at home to No. 5 Lynn and against six other nationally ranked teams. They notched seven all-SSC nods, a first-team All-American to Sabrina Kierberg, and had two singles players and one doubles combination listed in the final national standings.
Schram had already made an immediate impact in his first campaign, as the Sharks were 13-11 overall with three conference wins. With virtually the same team from the previous season, he helped the Sharks to a five-game improvement from 2013 to 2014.
NSU started the 2014 season with a big win over No. 15 Florida Tech and would go on to pick up wins against strong teams such as No. 22 Tampa, Grand Valley State and Delta State. At the end of the season, six individuals finished the season with a singles winning record, a huge improvement from the previous season.
Additionally, Schram coached Klaudia Boczova, the nation’s second ranked singles player at the Division II level in 2015-16. She recorded an undefeated 14-0 mark in No. 1 singles with multiple wins over nationally ranked players. Boczova was also the sixth-best double alongside Sabrina Kierberg while earning All-American accolades,
Prior to Nova Southeastern, Schram spent two seasons as head women’s coach at Division II member Limestone College. With limited resources, he was able to turn around a program with just three combined wins the two seasons before he joined, to a team that was a regular contender for the Carolina Conference title the next two. In 2013, he guided the program to a 16-win season matching the most single-season wins since 2008. He finished his tenure with the Saints by compiling a 30-16 overall record (winning percentage of .652) and a 17-5 (.773 winning percentage) conference record while coaching first-team and third-team all-conference selections in his senior season.
He added the title of Senior Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach in July 2013 due to the progress and achievements of the women’s team.
Prior to Limestone, Schram spent five years at the Division I level as an assistant coach for men’s and women’s tennis while holding three separate positions. For three years, he was Bucknell University’s top male and female assistant, where he served all aspects of the program, including fundraising and recruitment coordinator. While in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, he helped the Bison Women’s Tennis Program finish second in the Patriot League in 2009 and 2010. Those same years he coached the league’s Female Rookie of the Year (2009) and player of the year. (2010).
Prior to working with the Bison, Schram spent a single season at Radford (2007-08) and Wofford (2006-07). At both institutions he worked in all aspects of the programs but notably helped Wofford’s men’s team to record wins against Division I opponents during the 2007 season.
As a college tennis player, he began his career at the University of Charleston (W. Va.) in 2001-02. After playing a season at the top of the Golden Eagles roster, Schram transferred to Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Fla., then a member of the DII. While at the FGCU, he wrote in each of his three seasons and helped the Eagles rank 9th nationally in the 2005 Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll, and was named the most improved in 2003.
Schram earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2006 and earned a master’s of education in transformational leadership from the University of Aspen in 2012.