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Bode appointed as new head coach of men's tennis

Bode appointed as new head coach of men's tennis
Bode appointed as new head coach of men's tennis

 


HONOLULU Hendrik Bode has been named the new head coach of men's tennis at the University of Hawai'i, Athletics Director Craig Angelos announced. Bode will be the program's fourth head coach in the modern era.

Originally from Lehrte, Germany, Bode has served as the head coach of men's tennis at his alma mater, Division II Hawai'i Pacific University, for the past 13 seasons. He also served as HPU's interim women's coach during the 2023-24 campaign.

The highlight of Bode's career was leading the Sharks to HPU's first-ever men's national tennis championship in 2016. His teams also finished nationally second twice (2014 and '15), appeared in the Final Four three times and reached the Elite Eight nine times.

Bode compiled a 200-64 overall record in 13 seasons with six PacWest Conference titles. He was the 2015 ITA National Coach of the Year, a five-time recipient of the PacWest Conference Coach of the Year (2013-17), and a four-time ITA Division II West Regional Coach of the Year (2012, '13, '15, '16).

In 2016, Bode led the Sharks to a historic season. HPU reached its third consecutive NCAA Championship game, defeating top-ranked Saint Leo 5-3 in the title game. HPU finished the season ranked No. 1 in the final ITA rankings for the first time in school history.

As a player, Bode was a member of three NCAA Tournament teams, including a third-place national finish in 2009. His senior year, he was ranked second in the West Region and was selected as the ITA Senior Male Player of the Year. His highest national ranking was No. 5.

Bode finished his three-year career at HPU with a 39-13 overall singles record, almost exclusively at the No. 1 position. He also had a 45-15 career doubles record. As an academic, Bode was named to the 2009 ITA All-Academic Team.

After his college career, Bode became an assistant coach at HPU in 2010 and was promoted to head coach for the 2011 season.

Bode currently serves on the NCAA Tennis Committee, the ITA Operating Council and is co-chair of the ITA DII Operating Committee. He has served as the National Chair for the DII Ranking Committee and has chaired the USTA Hawai'i Pacific Section Coaches Commission. He has also served on the Hawai'i Pacific Section USTA Youth Tennis Committee.

Bode graduated from HPU in Management in 2008 and received his Master's degree in Business Administration in 2010. He currently resides in Hawai'i Kai with his wife Lauren Conching, who was the head coach of the HPU women's tennis team from 2010 to 2023, and their nine-year-old daughter Lana and one-year-old daughter Ayla.

“We are excited to welcome Coach Hendrik to our UH Athletcs 'Ohana!” said Angelos. “He is a proven head coach with success at the highest level and a network in Hawaii and around the world that will benefit the team. We look forward to ushering in a new era of Rainbow Warrior tennis under Coach Bode. Go 'Bows!”

“I have been fortunate enough to call Hawai'i home for over two decades, and it is an absolute honor and privilege to be named the next head coach of the University of Hawai'i men's tennis team,” said Bode. “I would like to thank Athletic Director Craig Angelos and the entire search committee for the opportunity to represent the university. I look forward to building on the program's many accomplishments and will continue to push us to be better every day. I can't wait to get started. Go 'Bows!”

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