Dr. Oliver Trittenwein is in his seventh season as head coach of the men’s and women’s tennis teams at USC Upstate.
In his first season at the helm of the Spartan tennis program, Trittenwein had a total of five players named to the Atlantic Sun All-Conference Team. Ramiro Blanco was a first-team selection, while Ana-Sofia Camberos, Matias Di Pasquale and Marco Linconir picked up second-team honors. Gonzalo Blanco rounded out the ASUN Honorees as an All-Freshman selection.
Trittenwein guided the men's team to a third-place finish in the ASUN as they finished 12-11 overall and 8-2 in conference play. The men's squad closed out the 2011 campaign with nine wins in their final 11 matches.
In Trittenwien's second year at the helm of the Spartans' tennis programs he recorded 19 combined wins and eight ASUN victories. He coached Ramiro Blanco to First-Team All-Conference honors and All-Tournament honors on the men's side, while Isabel von Stryk was named Second-Team All-conference and earned All-Freshman honors on the women's side.
Trittenwein guided both Spartan tennis teams to successful seasons in 2013, leading the women’s team to a 14-8 overall record and a 5-3 mark inside the Atlantic Sun Conference en route to an appearance in the semifinals of the ASUN Women’s Tennis Championship for the first time in school history. Under Trittenwein’s tutelage, Upstate landed one of its athletes on the ASUN All-Freshman team and one on the All-Academic team.
On the men’s side, Trittenwein led the team to 10 victories and a 4-4 record in conference play, which included a four-match winning streak to end the regular season. Trittenwein produced the 2013 Atlantic Sun Player of the Year after helping Matthias Kidler post a perfect 7-0 record in league play and a 15-4 overall record. Kidler ended the regular season on an 11-match winning streak and was ranked for five consecutive weeks during the season. Ramon Simonetti was a unanimous selection to the ASUN All Freshman team under the direction of Trittenwein. Simonetti finished the regular season with back-to-back singles wins to help clinch Upstate’s second consecutive appearance in the A-Sun Championship.
The 2014 season was another success for Trittenwein, as he guided the men’s team to a 4-4 mark inside the ASUN and another appearance in the conference tournament. Upstate also experienced individual success as well, as Kidler earned a spot on the All-Atlantic Sun second team after posting a 5-2 league record playing primarily from the No. 1 position. Trittenwein also played an instrumental role in the breakout season of sophomore Jamie Yates. Yates posted a 13-4 overall record and a 6-2 mark inside the A-Sun on his way to tying for the fifth-most wins in the conference.
Trittenwein also produced two All-ASUN performers on the women’s side as well in 2014, helping von Stryk land on the first team and Anna Zoske on the All-Freshman Team. Von Stryk ended the season with a team-best 12-6 record in singles play, which was tied for the third-most victories of any player in the ASUN. She also turned in a 5-2 record in league play and was tied for the second-most wins in the league. Von Stryk is the first Spartan to be named to the All-A-Sun first team since 2009.
Trittenwein and the Spartans put together a breakout year in 2015, as Upstate won its final three matches of the season to finish with a 4-2 record in league play. The Spartans secured their highest seed in the ASUN Tournament since joining the league when Upstate earned the No. 3 seed after a win over Kennesaw State on Senior Day. Trittenwein and the Spartans would go on to reach the semifinals of the tournament before falling to host North Florida.
Individual success also continued under the guidance of Trittenwein, as four Spartans from the men’s team were tabbed all-conference.
The men's team had a breakthrough in 2016 after appearing in its first conference tournament championship game after defeated top-seeded Florida Gulf Coast 4-3. The Spartans hosted the 2016 ASUN Tennis Championship and faced 75th-ranked North Florida in the championship game. Upstate had four players named ASUN All-Conference in Ramon Simonetti, Jamie Yates, Ankush Arora and Lenhard Haupt.
Prior to arriving in Spartanburg, Trittenwein was the head men's tennis coach at the University of Texas-San Antonio. Trittenwein spent 12 seasons at the helm of the Roadrunners tennis program before resigning to pursue other opportunities. During his 12 seasons at UTSA, Trittenwein’s teams won a total of 133 matches.
Trittenwein led UTSA to its first two championships in school history — the 2001 regular season and 2002 Southland Tournament — and a spot in the 2002 NCAA Championships. He was named the 2001 Southland Coach of the Year in only his second season after he led the Roadrunners to a 13-11 overall record and perfect 6-0 mark in league contests. In 2002, Trittenwein’s club upset top-seed UT Arlington in the conference tournament to advance to the national tournament for the first time in school history.
In his first three seasons (2000-02), Trittenwein led the Roadrunners to a 14-2 mark in Southland play, which was the second-best mark in the circuit during that span.
Under his tutelage, Frederik Darmont earned 2000 Southland Newcomer of the Year honors and three Roadrunners — Jonas Hoglund (2003), Andre Moreira (2006) and Rodrigo Morgado (2007) — have been named the conference’s Freshman of the Year. Trittenwein has used his knowledge abroad to recruit 17 student-athletes who have earned first-team all-league honors and 15 others that have been named to the circuit’s second team.
In Fall 2004, Trittenwein helped oversee a major renovation project that transformed the UTSA Tennis Center into one of the top facilities in the Southwest. The complex underwent a face lift that included upgraded stands, covered seating for spectators, court resurfacing, new fencing, new wind screens, locker rooms and coaches office improvements.
The 2005 campaign saw the Roadrunners post 16 victories — their most since joining the Southland in 1992 — and UTSA posted a 4-2 record in league matches. Hetori Chaves (singles), Ricardo Almeida (doubles) and Dennis Andrade (doubles) earned first-team all-conference honors following the successful season.
Trittenwein began his UTSA career an assistant coach under Becky Roberts and was in charge of the men’s program during the 1998-99 season. One year later, he was promoted to head men’s coach.
A native of Johannesburg, South Africa, he played for Texas-Pan American from 1987-91. Trittenwein earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from UTPA in 1991 and then received his master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from St. Mary’s University in 1993.
Trittenwein earned his doctorate degree in sports & exercise psychology from West Virginia in 1998. While at West Virginia, he served as the men’s assistant coach during the 1994-95 season, and the following year, he was a volunteer assistant for the Mountaineers men’s and women’s tennis programs.
He has served as a teaching pro at the Hunters Creek Tennis Club in San Antonio and also is a member of the United States Tennis Association and the United States Professional Tennis Registry as a certified professional instructor.
Trittenwein and his wife, Kimberly, are the proud parents of twin daughters, Isabella and Grace.