PALATINE HILL -- Off historic runs in 2015-16, Lewis & Clark has added a former student-athlete who was a national standout to the Pioneers coaching staff.
Earlier this year, head coach Patrick Dreves added Paxton Deuel as a volunteer assistant coach. Deuel joins the staff after competing for Trinity University in Texas. He graduated last May.
A native of Bend, Ore., Deuel won three state championships while competing for Summit High School from 2009-12. He went on to win two regional championships for Trinity in 2013 and 2015 and earned a total of three singles All-American nods as well as one for doubles. The Political Science graduate also won the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award in 2016.
"The addition of Paxton to our coaching staff will make a big impact on our student-athletes," said Dreves, who is the reigning two-time ITA West Region Coach of the Year. "He's competed at the top level collegiately, which is where we want our team to continue to grow."
Last year, Lewis & Clark's men's team was ranked nationally for the first time in program history, while the women's team won the Northwest Conference championship.
Deuel was also the Southern Athletic Conference's Men's Tennis Player of the Year twice (2013-14, 2015-16) while making the Academic Dean's List in 2012. He was nominated for the National Student Leadership Forum in 2015.
The 2016-17 season for Lewis & Clark tennis resumes Jan. 28.
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