|Title:||Assistant Tennis Coach|
A native of Cologne, Germany, Eva Huning enters her fourth year as an assistant coach with the Columbus State tennis program. She serves as the top assistant to head coach Evan Isaacs for both the men’s and women’s teams.
Along with Isaacs, Huning has helped turn Columbus State into a Division II powerhouse for tennis. On the women’s side, she has helped guide the Lady Cougars to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and a 64-12 overall record. In 2012, CSU set a new single-season record for wins (28) and reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in school history.
Huning also had an impact on 2012 All-American Paola Cigui, who arguably had the best season in CSU history. Cigui finished the season with a perfect 23-0 record (the only CSU player male or female to accomplish the feat), ended the season ranked fifth in the nation and became the first Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year for Columbus State.
Overall on the women’s side, Huning has helped coach six All-Americans and 12 All-PBC players. She was also named the 2011 ITA Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
For the men, it has been no different as the Cougars have had sustained success since Huning arrived on campus. In her first three seasons, CSU has won 20 or more matches two times, reached the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament twice and have hosted one of the two Southeast Regionals in all three seasons. Overall, the Cougars have posted a 62-14 record.
Huning has helped coach three male All-Americans and seven All-PBC players.
In 2012, Huning made history becoming the first female assistant coach to win the ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year for men's tennis in any NCAA division.
A former Lady Cougar, Huning played one year for CSU in 2009 and had an outstanding season. She was ranked number five in the ITA poll and went 18-1 in singles and 17-6 in doubles play. Her honors in the 2009 season include: Southeast Senior Player of the Year, NCAA Division II All American, PBC All-Conference first team in singles, and PBC All-Conference second team in doubles.
Prior to her season as a player for CSU, Huning spent three years as an assistant coach at the University of Louisville. As a player at Valdosta State University, she had three superb seasons and was a three-time All-American (2003-05). She also received the following awards: VSU Team MVP in 2003 & 2005, Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship and Leadership Award in 2005 and Female Student-Athlete Academic Award in 2005.
Huning currently holds a Bachelors of Administration Degree in Marketing from Valdosta State, as well as a Masters in Business Administration at CSU, completed in 2010.
The former Eva Petschnig married Toby Huning in 2011, a former collegiate tennis player and current professor at CSU, and they reside in Columbus. The couple has one son Max, who was born in 2011.