- 2000 Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year - 1996 ITA Central Region Coach of the Year - 1990 ITA Central Region Coach of the Year - 1989 Big Eight Coach of the Year - Second-longest tenured coach in Kansas State history (Ward Haylett - 34 years)
Kansas State women's tennis coach Steve Bietau will enter his 28th season as coach of the Wildcats in the 2011-12 season. Bietau, who is the second-longest tenured head coach in school history behind legendary track and field coach Ward Haylett (34 seasons), eclipsed the 200-win plateau in 2006 and his teams have won 247 dual matches in his prior 27 seasons as the leader of the Kansas State program. The continued success of his teams both on and off the court has shown Bietau's knowledge and commitment to Kansas State University and the Wildcat tennis program.
Bietau guided K-State to one of the finest seasons in the program's 35 years of women's tennis history during the 2011 season, as the Wildcats registered a school-record for wins in a season with its 16-7 overall record. The Wildcats were also stellar in Big 12 action, as the squad registered the most Big 12 victories for the program since the 2006 season with a 6-5 mark. The outstanding season did not go unnoticed, as the Wildcats finished the season ranked No. 46 in the final Campbell/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Team Rankings and No. 5 in the Campbell/ITA Central Region team rankings. The national ranking capped a run of 14 consecutive weeks ranked among the top-75, including the program's highest ranking in school history at No. 31 on March 29.
The Wildcats jumped out to a fast start to begin the spring with a 7-0 record to begin the season, which was the best unbeaten stretch since the 1989 season. K-State did not register wins against lower competition during its record setting season, as K-State defeated four squads ranked at the time of competition in the Campbell/ITA Top-75 including a 4-3 upset at No. 10 Baylor and the program's first ever win over No. 25 Texas A&M. Bietau's 2011 squad was led by freshman Petra Niedermayerova and sophomores Karla Bonacic (21-9) and Ana Gomez Aleman (20-13). The trio all surpassed the 20-win mark and combined to tally a 65-32 record including a 23-8 record in Big 12 action.
Niedermayerova capped a stellar debut season in Manhattan with a 24-10 record and became the fourth player in school history to garner an appearance in the NCAA Singles Championships. The product of Brno, Czech Republic concluded her first season with a number of honors including: ITA Central Region Rookie of the Year, ITA Central Region Player to Watch, Big 12 Player of the Year and Big 12 Freshman of the Year. Niedermayerova became just the second player in Big 12 history to garner both Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors in the same season.
Besides Niedermayerova, Kansas State has produced six other conference singles champions under Bietau's tutelage - Tamar Kvaratskhelia (2005 Big 12 No. 2 singles), Alena Jecminkova (2002 Big 12 No. 1 singles), Kathy Chuda (2000 Big 12 No. 5 singles; 2001 Big 12 No. 4 singles), Karina Kuregian (1996 Big 8 No. 2 singles), Michele Riniker (1992 Big 8 No. 1 singles) and Helen Schildknecht (1990 Big 8 No. singles). Bietau has also developed five conference doubles champions during his time with the Wildcats.
Olga Klimova enters her fourth year as K-State's assistant coach, following a four-year career under the tutelage of head coach Steve Bietau.
Klimova, a product of Brno, Czech Republic, has helped the Wildcats to steady improvement over the previous three seasons, as K-State has registered records of 4-15 in the 2009 season to a slight improvement of 7-13 in 2010 to a school-record for wins in a season with a mark of 16-7 during the 2011 campaign.
During her playing career in Manhattan, Klimova fought through knee injuries to record a 31-48 career singles mark. Klimova was a solid doubles player during her career, as she tallied a 50-49 doubles record and a 20-12 record in Big 12 doubles play.
She was also a standout in the classroom during her time as a Wildcat, earning an Academic All-Big 12 second team citation in 2007 while majoring in psychology.
"One of the things that set Olga apart is the way she interacts with those around her," said head coach Steve Bietau. "Her enthusiasm is genuine and will be a very valuable part of the championship-type culture we strive to develop within our team."