Nicholas Erturkner: More than the ITA Regional Assistant Coach of the Year

Nicholas Erturkner: More than the ITA Regional Assistant Coach of the Year

Nicholas Erturkuner, recently named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year, has brought his talent and leadership to the student-athletes on the men's tennis team on and off the courts.

Erturkuner's honor is now added to Head Men's Tennis Coach Todd Wojtkowski's ITA Men's Central Region Coach of the Year in 2013 and now Head Women's Tennis Coach Kirsten Gambrell's ITA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year in the same year.

Originally planning to be an active member of the tennis team, Erturkner won a combined 11 matches in 2012-13 before seeing his career shortened due to injury. Fortunately, he found a new role on the team and is concluding his second year as a student assistant coach under Wojtkowski.  

Under Wojtkowski and Erturkuner, the men's tennis team has continued its long history of success during the 2014-15 indoor and outdoor seasons.

"The accomplishments of this year's squad have been tremendous," said Head Coach Todd Wojtkowski. "We stayed ranked in the top 12 this entire season while replacing 75% of last year's elite 8 squad. We had a lot of growth and development to do and so much of this is attributed to Turk's incredible work ethic and leadership."

Not only has he helped the team be successful in their athletics, but he has also been a role model and a support system off the court for his student-athletes and peers.

"He is the sort person that you just know within five minutes of speaking with him that he is going to be someone special," Wojtkowski continued.

Erturkuner has led the team in fundraising and charity events. He also aids in the recruiting of student-athletes for the men's tennis program and keeps the team stats to help advance and enhance the players performances.

Erturkuner, who currently holds a 3.97 cumulative grade-point average, is planning to graduate from Case Western Reserve in December of 2015 with a bachelors degree is finance and a minor in entrepreneurship. 

He is also involved in the campus community as a residence assistant all while coaching tennis, doing research, involvement in CWRU Capital and serving as the treasurer for the Net Impact campus group.