Steve Bickham has completed three seasons as the head coach of men's tennis at Pomona-Pitzer, and has quickly lifted the program to new heights.
In 2016, the Sagehens ended the year with a 16-9 overall record. Pomona-Pitzer finished as the No. 9 team in Division III and held as high as the No. 4 spot during the regular season. The Sagehens also added two more All-Americans to their list as Spencer Simonides and Graham Maassen earned All-American honors in doubles.
In 2015, the Sagehens finished the season with a 26-7 record while climbing as high as No. 3 in the national rankings, earning Bickham the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) West Region Coach of the Year Award. Of the 26 wins, 16 came against teams that were nationally ranked, eight of which were in the top 15, including a 6-3 win over No. 1 Amherst and a 5-4 win over No. 3 Middlebury.
In his first year at the helm, Bickham guided the Sagehens to a 17-8 record, a No. 10 national ranking, and a runner-up finish in the NCAA West Regionals, after Pomona-Pitzer had finished with an 11-14 record and missed the postseason the year before he arrived. In addition to his success on the court, Bickham earned the 2014 Sectional Community Outreach Award for Southern California from the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and ITA in his first season with the Sagehens.
Bickham arrived at Pomona-Pitzer with over 25 years of experience in the tennis industry, as a player and coach, in private industry and in the non-profit sector. He spent the previous two years as executive director of the USTA Idaho District in Boise, where he managed all district operations. He also served as executive director of the Idaho Tennis Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports the youth and education programs developed by USTA-Idaho.
Areas of Expertise
- Sports management
Master of Business Administration
Thunderbird School of Global Management
Bachelor of Arts
University of New Mexico
Prior to working for USTA-Idaho, Bickham served as director of tennis and operations for Youth Tennis San Diego from 2005-2010. He was responsible for the operation and management of the Barnes Tennis Center, a public facility with 25 tennis courts, a 3,000-foot conference room and education center. His facility hosted NCAA events, USTA junior and adult national championships, and dozens of USTA events, while he oversaw recreation and education programs for over 250 kids and adults monthly. He was named the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) San Diego Tennis Pro of the Year in 2009.
Bickham's coaching experience includes three years as the head coach of both men's and women's tennis at Division I Northern Arizona University from 2001-03, where he led the women's team to its first ever top 75 ITA ranking. He also spent three years as an assistant coach with the men's tennis program at Arizona State, helping the Sun Devils to a No. 15 national ranking in 1995, while also coaching the NCAA singles champion (Sargis Sargsian).
Bickham's involvement with tennis has also extended to private enterprise, as he was the owner and president of Performance Management International for 15 years, founding the company in 1990 to assist with club management, player coaching and event management in the tennis industry. His clients included tennis programs in Michigan, Vermont, Arizona, New Mexico and Montana, while he continued to serve as a Professional ATP Tour Coach for Sargsian, including trips to Wimbledon, the French Open and the U.S. Open.
A 1987 graduate of the University of New Mexico with a major in history and a biology minor, Bickham was a Division I All-American tennis player for the Lobos and played professionally on the ATP tour for four years after graduation, earning a top 500 world ranking. He also has an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona.
Recent Courses Taught
- Community Engagement Through Tennis (CP)
- Tennis: Advanced
- Tennis: Beginning
- Tennis: Intermediate
- Varsity Team: Tennis Men
Awards & Honors
Awards & Honors