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Armando Espinosa
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Drury University
Experience: 9 Years
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Armando Espinosa
Release: 10/12/2007

Armando Espinosa is in his ninth season at Iowa State and his eighth as head coach of the Cyclone tennis team. In 2008-09, Espinosa served as the interim head coach and was promoted to head coach at the conclusion of the season.

Under Espinosa's leadership, the Cyclones have snapped a number of long streaks.

In his first season at the helm, Espinosa immediately upgraded the program, leading Iowa State to a 10-13 dual record and the team's first Big 12 Conference dual meet win in seven seasons, with a 4-3 victory over Kansas State.

In 2009-10, the Cyclones doubled their Big 12 win total from Espinosa's first season with victories over Missouri and Colorado. The 2010-11 Cyclones won a conference road match for the first time since 1997, defeating Colorado in Boulder.

The Cyclones beat Kansas for the first time in 30 years in 2011-12. The 6-1 victory over the Jayhawks marked the largest win margin of a conference match in school history since the seven-point scoring system was adopted in 2001.

In 2012-13, Iowa State earned its first win against West Virginia. The Cyclones also beat intrastate rival Northern Iowa for the fourth-straight time.

The 2013-14 Cyclones battled some key injuries in the lineup but earned a conference road win at West Virginia, just the second since 1997. 

Four of the top-10 Cyclones in career wins have played under the guidance of Espinosa.

Espinosa coached Erin Karonis to a number of honors and an outstanding career as ISU's No. 1 singles player. In 2008-09, Karonis became the first Cyclone in ISU tennis history to be named the Big 12 Player of the Week, after earning wins over Colorado and Missouri in the final week of the regular season. She also was named to the All-Big 12 First Team, becoming just the second ISU player in school history to garner such honors.

Meaghan Cassens, who graduated in 2015, finished with the third most overall wins in school history (133). Cassens had the second most career singles wins (74) under the direction of Espinosa.

Maria Fernanda Macedo (109) and Marie-Christine Chartier (102) moved into the top-10 in 2011-12. Chartier is fourth in career singles wins with 62, while Macedo ranks seventh with 60 solo wins in her career.

Liza Wischer (101) and Karonis (100) finished their careers ranked ninth and 10th, respectively, at Iowa State in total wins. Karonis broke the school record for most career conference singles wins with 15, while Wischer was second with 14 solo victories.

Espinosa's teams have also set high standards in the classroom. Thirty different times, Iowa State student-athletes have earned academic All-Big 12 recognition under the direction of Espinosa, including a league-high five times during the 2011-12 season.

Espinosa spent his first season at Iowa State serving as an assistant coach to Michele Conlon. He was promoted to associate head coach in July of 2007, before taking over as the interim head coach shortly after.

The Mexico City, Mexico, native came to Ames after serving most recently as the assistant coach at the University of Oregon during the 2005-06 season.

Prior to his time at Oregon, Espinosa served as the assistant coach at Marquette from 2003 to 2005, and Wichita State during the 2002-03 season. While at Wichita State, Espinosa helped lead the team to a 2003 Missouri Valley Conference Championship. Espinosa also served as the volunteer assistant at Arizona State in 2000.

During his collegiate career at Drury University, Espinosa played number one and three singles and number one doubles. During his senior campaign, Espinosa was ranked second in the nation. He was a two-year Division II NCAA All-American and a two-year Academic All-American.

Espinosa and his wife, Jodi, were married in 2012 and reside in Polk City. They have a daughter, Harper.

Coaching Career
2009-pres. Iowa State University, Head Coach
2008-09 Iowa State University, Interim Head Coach
2007-08 Iowa State University, Assistant and Associate Head Coach
2005-06 University of Oregon, Assistant Coach
2003-05 Marquette University, Assistant Coach
2002-03 Wichita State University, Assistant Coach
2000-02 Arizona State University, Volunteer Assistant Coach

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