Todd Wojtkowski, who is in his 13th season at the helm of the Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team in 2020-21, has built CWRU into one of the top programs in Division III during his time with the squad.
In his first 12 seasons at the team's helm, Wojtkowski has compiled a 206-101 record in dual matches, good for a .671 overall winning percentage, while going 19-14 (.576 winning percentage) in University Athletic Association play, one of the premier Division III tennis conferences in the country. Under Wojkowski's leadership, the Spartans have qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships three times, most recently during the 2016 campaign, as the team advanced to the round of 16. He has coached his players to 12 All-America honors, including one NCAA Division III Doubles Championship and one ITA Cup D3 Doubles Title, while mentoring his athletes to three CoSIDA Academic All-America honors and one NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
Wojtkowski picked up the 200th win of his career during the pandemic-shortened season of 2020, with a 7-2 win against Occidental College on March 8. He led the team to an 18-1 record during the campaign, falling just four wins short of the program record, with nine matches remaining on the schedule at the time competition was stopped. The Spartans' only team loss during the year came to second-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, and the squad was ranked ninth in the final ITA poll, as Wojtkowski brought home USPTA Midwest Division College Coach of the Year honors. He also helped develop ITA National Rookie of the Year James Hopper and All-American Matthew Chen during the season, as the duo claimed the 2019 Fall ITA Cup D3 Doubles crown.
Wojtkowski coached Matthew Chen to an NCAA Division III Singles Tournament berth in 2019, while leading the team to a 21-9 overall record and a final ITA ranking of 12th in Division III. The Spartans also received both the ITA All-Academic Team Award and the ITA Regional Community Service Award during the year.
During the 2016 season, the Spartans tied a program record for wins in a season with a 22-8 overall record, and reached a program-high fifth in the ITA National Rankings on March 17th. In addition, CWRU hosted and finished third at the ITA Indoor Championships, while seniors CJ Krimbill and Louis Stuerke reached the semifinals of the NCAA Doubles Championships for the second straight year, with both earning All-America honors. Krimbill was also named to the Academic All-America First Team and received an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. The Spartans would again match the program's win record the following season, going 22-6 in 2017.
In 2014, Wojkowski coached Eric Klawitter and CJ Krimbill to the 2014 NCAA Doubles Championship. The national title, a program first, came just days after the Spartans became the first team in school history to play in the NCAA Elite 8. Academically, Krimbill was named just the third Capital One Academic All-American® in team history, and Derek Reinbold became the first CWRU student-athlete to win a prestigious NCAA Elite 89 Award. Collectively, the Spartans earned an ITA All-Academic Team award.
In 2012-13, Wojtkowski was named the ITA Central Region Coach of the Year as the Spartans reached the NCAA Sweet 16. Along with earning the first team berth to the NCAA Tournament in program history, the Spartans (22-7) shattered the school record for wins and reached as high as No. 7 in the ITA national poll. Then a freshman, Krimbill became the school’s first ITA All-American as well as Central Region Rookie of the Year. He was also the second CWRU player in as many years to be tabbed UAA Rookie of the Year as a program-record six Spartans landed on the All-Association Team.
Wojtkowski was named to his post on August 25, 2008 as only the second dual head tennis coach in school history. He guided the Spartan women in addition to the men for his first five years. Both teams Wojtkowski inherited that fall sat near the bottom of the UAA and were unranked in the ITA Central Region. However, he quickly established a new standard of play and turned the program into one of the best in the nation.
On the women’s side, Wojtkowski’s five seasons as head coach were highlighted by the first national ranking in program history, a team-record for wins (18 in 2011-12) and the first NCAA qualifier in team history (freshman Sara Zargham in 2013).
Prior to coming to University Circle, Wojtkowski spent two seasons as an assistant coach at NCAA Division I The Citadel. During his time in Charleston, South Carolina, he helped the program to its first-ever national ranking and a 16-9 record in 2007-08 after winning just two matches the previous year.
The Youngstown, Ohio-native and 2012 Ursuline High School Athletic Hall of Fame inductee spent three years playing at the University of Toledo before transferring to The Ohio State University. As a scholarship student-athlete at Toledo, Wojtkowski was a three-time Varsity T award winner, Team Leadership Award winner and team captain.
He redshirted his senior (first) year at Ohio State, playing for the Buckeyes during his first year of graduate school. The team won a Big Ten Championship and rose to a No. 5 national ranking. Wojtkowski earned several awards, including the Ohio State Scholar-Athlete Award, the 2006 Senior Leader Award and the Men’s Varsity "O" Post-Graduate Scholarship.
Wojtkowski earned his bachelor's degree in middle childhood education in 2006 from Ohio State and completed a Master of Business Administration at The Citadel in 2008. He and his wife, Julie, and their son, Owen, reside in Solon.
- 2014 NCAA Doubles Championship (Eric Klawitter & CJ Krimbill)
- 2019 ITA Cup Division III Doubles Champions (Matthew Chen & James Hopper)
- NCAA Championship Tournament Round of 8 (2014)
- 2020 ITA Division III Rookie of the Year (James Hopper)
- 2016 ITA Indoor Championships (Third Place)
- Two Academic All-America First Team Selections (CJ Krimbill & Matthew Chen)
- 2015 UAA Most Valuable Player (CJ Krimbill)
- 2014 NCAA Elite 89 Award winner (Derek Reinbold)
- 2014 ITA National Team Indoor Championship Semifinals
- 2013 Wilson/ITA Central Region Coach of the Year
- 2013 ITA/USTA Sectional Campus and Community Outreach Award
- NCAA Championship Tournament Round of 16 (2013 and 2016)
- First team berth to NCAA Championship Tournament in school history (2013)
- Men's school-record 22 wins (2013, 2016 and 2017)
- Women's school-record 18 wins (2012)
- No. 7 ranking in ITA national poll (February, 2013)
- First ITA All-American and Central Region Rookie of the Year in school history (CJ Krimbill in 2013)
- Back-to-back UAA Rookie of the Year award winners (Will Drougas in 2012 and CJ Krimbill in 2013)
- Nine ITA All-Americans; 12 ITA All-America Honors
- First men's national ranking in school history (March, 2011)
- First women's national ranking in school history (March, 2013)
- Ursuline High School Athletic Hall of Fame (2012)
Wojtkowski Career Records
|2012-13||22||7||.759||2||1||3rd||NCAA Round of 16|
|2015-16||22||8||.733||2||1||5th||NCAA Round of 16|
|12 seasons||206||101||.671||19||14||.576||3 NCAA Team Appearances|
Updated July 2020