A Graduation Story: Master's For Tennis' Koenigsfeld

            Recently, the San Jose State University women's tennis team received a NCAA Public Recognition Award for achieving the highest possible Academic Progress Rate score that measures eligibility, retention and graduation over a four-year period. Of the nine Western Athletic Conference (WAC) members, San Jose State has garnered the most awards since the national awards program began in 2006.

            One of the student-athletes who factored into the tennis team's award-winning score was former All-WAC doubles player Courtney Koenigsfeld. The four-time letterwinner was a team captain, a team representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Council and accumulated more than 100 singles and doubles victories in her career. She was a San Jose State University Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-WAC honoree.

            "I had so many great tennis memories. I loved my coaches and teammates. It was like a little family. My whole life, it was school and tennis," said Koenigsfeld about her undergraduate days that spanned the 2004 through 2007 academic years.

            The Phoenix, Ariz., native turned down opportunities to attend schools in Iowa and North Carolina to enroll at San Jose State. She earned her bachelor's degree in four years majoring in public relations. Staying involved in her sport by picking up various teaching and instructional jobs with youngsters of all ages and adults, she decided to pursue a master's degree and was one of seven Spartans earning an advanced degree at the University's 2010 commencement exercise.

            Koenigsfeld's master's degree is in mass communications.  For her master's project, she created a public relations campaign for the Northern California section of the United States Tennis Association to promote junior team tennis.

            "All of my professors were great. I really liked the ones in my department," said Koenigsfeld, who singled out the media law classes taught by Professor Diana Stover of the mass communications department as among her favorites.

            Now, a two-time San Jose State University graduate, she is in the job market open to any career opportunities involving public relations, communications and the tennis industry.

            Courtney Koenigsfeld can take pride in her San Jose State accomplishments as a tennis player and student-athlete. Check back in a few years for an update on a promising professional career.

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