STEVE CUNNINGHAME HEAD COACH
Steve Cunninghame returns for his 16th season as coach of the Sonoma State men’s tennis team. Last year’s team finished 7-10 after going up against some of the top competition in Division I and Division II tennis. They also qualified for the NCAA West Regionals for the second straight year and fourth time since the program was resurrected in 1998. A player for the Cossack tennis team in 1979 and again from 1981-83, Cunninghame served as an assistant coach to Jay Potter from 1984-87, focusing his coaching skills on the men’s team.
CAREER RECORD YEAR
In 1988, he was named the head coach of the women’s team and took over the head coaching duties for both teams the following year. As head coach of the SSU women’s squad, Cunninghame compiled a 70-42 record, coached the Cossacks’ first tennis All-American, and led five nationally ranked teams, including the 1989-90 team that finished ninth in the nation. In men’s tennis, Cunninghame compiled a record of 36-64 before the sport, along with five others, was dropped at the end of the 1991-92 school year due to budget constraints. The team was resurrected in 1997-98, and Cunninghame also returned to lead the team to a 11-9 mark in their first season back in NCAA competition.
JOAQUIN LOPEZ ASSISTANT COACH
Joaquin Lopez enters his fifth year with the Sonoma State men’s tennis team in 2007. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Lopez was named the university’s top student-athlete as a senior. He then played four years of professional tennis, defeating several Top 100 ATP players. In 1996, Lopez received his Master’s Degree in Sport Psychology in Spain. He has coached top juniors in Germany and has worked as a tennis psychologist with professional players in Spain. Lopez graduated in May 2000 from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology with a Master’s in Counseling Psychology. Currently, Joaquin has a psychotherapy and sports psychology private practice. He also teaches Transformational Tennis at La Cantera Tennis Club. He resides in Forestville with his wife Aimee and two children, Ian and Vida.
2010 Sonoma State men's tennis media guide