September 25, 2022

AUSTIN, TX Justin Butsch was named assistant coach of the University of Texas women’s tennis program, head coach Howard Joffe announced Friday. Butsch served as a volunteer assistant at Texas during the recently completed 2021-22 season while helping the Longhorns win the NCAA championship.

Justin ButschHiring is a major blow to our program,” Joffe said. “As our season progressed, I had the opportunity to work alongside Justin and witnessed his tremendous young coaching spirit. I also got to see his kind and gentle nature live in harmony with the fierce competitor and winner that is Justin. Our players respond to him in a way that many seasoned veterans struggle to achieve. And based on that, it really was an easy and obvious choice. I am delighted for our program and, of course, for our players. Welcome Justin!”

In the 2021-22 season at Texas, Butsch helped the Longhorns post a 26-4 double-game record and claim their second and fourth straight NCAA tag team title in program history with a win. 4-1 against Oklahoma in the championship game in May. 22. Butsch played an important role in the development of Peyton Stearn, who won the Class of 2022 Honda Sports Award for Tennis and earned National Player of the Year recognition from the ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association). Stearns became the first player in program history to win the NCAA singles championship and finished the year with a 33-2 overall record in singles.

Prior to his stay in Austin last season, Butsch played professionally for four years (2018-21). He recorded a career-high ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) world ranking of No. 678 in singles (November 16, 2020) and No. 415 in doubles (March 2, 2020). Butsch has won five ITF (International Tennis Federation) doubles titles and was a singles runner-up in two ITF events.

Butsch was a letters winner for four years, a three-time team captain, and a two-time All-SEC at Louisiana State University from 2013-2017. During his four seasons at Baton Rouge, Butsch had 93 singles wins in career, which ranked him 10th on the school’s all-time singles winning list at the time. He also recorded a career doubles record of 76-54 for the Tigers. Butsch reached a career high in the ITA rankings of 27th nationally in singles and 17th in doubles.

As a senior in 2016-17, Butsch recorded 22 singles wins and earned a spot on the All-SEC Second Team. He competed with partner Jordan Daigle in the 2017 NCAA Doubles Championship and finished the year ranked 27th in the ITA Final Doubles Ranking and 82nd in the ITA Final Singles Ranking. Butsch received second-team All-SEC honors during his junior year in 2015-16, when he compiled a team-record 24 singles wins and finished the year ranked 78th in the national rankings. ITA singles final. He also earned a spot on the SEC All-Freshman team in his first season at Baton Rouge in 2013-14.

A native of Miami, Florida, Butsch received his bachelor’s degree in sports administration from LSU in December 2017. After graduating, Butsch served as a graduate assistant coach at LSU in the fall of 2018.

“I couldn’t be more excited to take on this new position and continue to work with Coach Joffe,” Butsch said. “After playing tennis most of my life, it’s very clear to me that coaching college tennis is my passion, and I’m thrilled to give it all my energy. Last year, I was so inspired by Coach’s ongoing commitment to empowering our players and pushing them to grow, both on and off the pitch. This group of women couldn’t be more impressive, and I’m proud to work with them and to support Coach’s tireless leadership to continue to make the University of Texas the best women’s tennis program in the country.”