Steve Wilkinson, who coached the Gustavus Adolphus men’s tennis team to 923 victories, two national titles and 35 MIAC championships, died Wednesday at age 73.
Wilkinson, who was inducted into the U.S. Professional Tennis Hall of Fame in 2013, battled cancer for the past seven years.
Wilkinson coached the Gusties from 1971-2009. He won the NCAA Division III title in 1980 and 1982 and coached 46 All-America players. The Gusties won four national singles and six national doubles titles as well.
Wilkinson played college tennis at Iowa, and was ranked No. 1 in the U.S. in four different age divisions while coaching at Gustavus. He represented the U.S. in the Dubler Cup, Perry Cup and Austria Cup competitions, winning the world championship in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1989.
He and his wife, Barbara, founded the Tennis and Life Camps, which they ran for more than 35 years.
Funeral services will be Jan. 31 at 11 a.m. at Christ Chapel on the Gustavus campus in St. Peter, Minn.