Program History


Started in 1980, SLUH Racquetball has found an unparalleled amount of success in the relatively short time that it's been around. That success can be attributed to many passionate and dedicated players throughout the years as well as one man who has been a constant throughout most of the programs life: Dr. Joseph "Doc" Koestner, head coach of SLUH Racquetball for other 30 years.

Doc took over as head coach in 1985, having played racquetball but not knowing much about coaching. Reading up on different coaching tactics, he implemented a style of play called "Percentage Racquetball" that is still used in the program today. The more engrained into the tradition Percentage Racquetball became, the more success the teams found and in 1995, SLUH won their first State Championship. That success continued to grow and in 1998, they were National Champions.

Percentage Racquetball proved to be the key as SLUH kept winning and other schools were looking at this program as the model of quality racquetball. In 2011, the program entered it's most successful period, starting a streak of eight consecutive national titles that still continues today. In total, SLUH Racquetball currently holds 18 State Titles and 12 National Titles, deeming it not only the most successful high school racquetball team in history but also the winningest sports team in SLUH history.

Currently, the team is run by Program Director Stephen Deves and Head Coach Robert Hoffman.