Dima Hrynashka enters his 10th year as the head coach of Sacramento State women’s tennis program in 2015-16. Hrynashka had served as an assistant coach during the 2005-06 season before being promoted to head coach following the year. In his nine seasons leading the program Hrynashka has guided the Hornets to a regular season and/or postseason Big Sky title in each year, winning both seven times.
In his nine seasons as the team’s head coach, the five-time Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year has led the Hornets to a 154-87 overall record and a 75-3 Big Sky Conference record. Hrynashka has guided the Hornets to a Big Sky Tournament title and an NCAA Tournament appearance in eight seasons while also winning the regular season conference title eight times in nine years. His players have earned 40 all-conference awards, including seven MVPs and 27 first team selections. The team won 112 consecutive Big Sky matches dating from 2002 through 2014, an unmatched conference record in any sport.
Sacramento State's nearly 13-year Big Sky winning streak, dating back to 2002, was put in jeopardy by a rash of injuries during the 2014 season. The program saw its record 112-match conference winning streak come to a close with a 4-3 loss at Montana on April 11, ending the longest conference winning streak in any sport in Big Sky history. The Hornets finished the regular season with a 7-3 Big Sky mark but, as host of the Big Sky Tournament, won quarterfinal and semifinal matches to face Montana in the final. An epic match was clinched by sophomore Olivia Boija for a 4-3 win as the Hornets claimed their 13th consecutive Big Sky title and went on to face No. 3 UCLA in the NCAA Tournament. Senior Sophie Lohscheidt and sophomore Daria Savchenko were All-Big Sky first team selections while freshman Alina Soltanici was named to the second team and Boija earned honorable mention.
The Hornets regained their regular season Big Sky dominance in 2015, going a perfect 11-0 in league play. The team went 57-9 in individual singles play and 24-9 in doubles in completing an undefeated conference year with four 7-0 wins. As the top seed for the Big Sky Tournament Sacramento State blanked Northern Arizona 4-0 in the semifinals but was narrowly defeated by conference newcomer Idaho, 4-3, in the title match, marking the first time in nine years that the Hornets did not represent the Big Sky in the NCAA Tournament. Alina Soltanici, Daria Savchenko, and Deimante Bulatovaite were each all-Big Sky first team selections.
In 2013 the Hornets extended their incredible Big Sky winning streak to 105 consecutive matches. The team won its 12th conseuctive Big Sky title with a 4-1 win over Montana in the title match of the conference tournament, which they again hosted, and faced No. 5 USC in the NCAA Tournament. Senior Rebeca Delgado was named the Big Sky MVP for the first time after leading the team with a 10-0 conference record at No. 1 singles while Jennifer Nguyen and Olivia Boija joined Delgado on the All-Big Sky First Team and junior Katharina Knoebl was an honorable mention selection.
Hrynashka led Sacramento State to a perfect 8-0 mark in conference play for the sixth straight season in 2012. Sacramento State hosted the 2012 Big Sky Conference Tournament and defeated Northern Colorado, 4-0, in the semifinals before taking the tournament title, 4-0, versus Montana. Senior Tatsiana Kapshai earned her third consecutive Big Sky Conference MVP award in 2012 and was joined on the league’s first team by senior Clarisse Baca and junior Rebeca Delgado while senior Maria Meliuk earned second team all-league honors. The Hornets were ranked as high as No. 43 in the nation and went 17-9 on the season after playing a schedule which featured 10 nationally ranked foes.
In 2011, the Hornets (19-8, 8-0 Big Sky) were ranked as high No. 29 in the nation after going 6-2 in their first eight matches with their only losses to No. 5 ranked UCLA and No. 6 ranked California. Sacramento State was perfect in conference play, won the Big Sky regular season and tournament titles and Hrynashka earned Coach of the Year honors for the fourth straight season. Baca posted a 20-8 singles record to the Hornets, which was the first 20-win season for the program since 2008.
The 2010 season saw Hrynashka guide a young club that just one junior and one senio for most of the year. The Hornets once again posted a perfect 8-0 mark in Big Sky Conference play while they went 19-6 overall, posting a 4-6 mark against ranked opponents and lost just two matches to teams ranked outside of the top 20.
In 2009, Hrynashka led the Hornets to a 19-9 record and their eighth straight conference title. Hrynashka juggled a lineup that saw many of his top players miss time due to injury at various points of the season. The Hornets reached as high as No. 34 in the national rankings under his watch. The Hornets, who nearly upset 17th-ranked Michigan in the first round, had five players selected to the all-conference team, highlighted by Katrina Zheltova being named MVP for the third straight year.
In 2008, Hrynashka won his first Big Sky Coach of the Year award after leading a Hornet squad without a senior on the roster to a 21-7 record, including a perfect 8-0 mark in the Big Sky and an NCAA Tournament appearance. Zheltova, who was named the Big Sky’s MVP, gained All-America status by reaching the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Singles Championship and finishing the season ranked 28th in the nation.
In 2007, despite a roster that included six underclassmen (two freshmen and four sophomores), and only one senior, Hrynashka coached the team to a 17-7 overall record, a 7-0 mark in the Big Sky, a conference regular season and tournament championship, and an NCAA Tournament appearance.
Hrynashka began his coaching career in 1998, when he tutored youth players for three years at the Olympic Center of Belarus. In 2003, he moved on to coaching the 14-under girls and boys national team of Belarus. His time with the national youth teams was highlighted by his girls 14-under team winning the 2003 world championship.
As a player, Hrynashka was coached by current Sacramento State head men’s tennis coach Slava Konikov. At 14 years old, Hrynashka was competing for the Belarus national team, and at age 16, was ranked eighth in Russia’s junior class. He was a four-time Belarus youth doubles champion and won the junior national singles championship when he was 16 years old. At the age of 18, Hrynashka turned pro, but his career ended prematurely with a back injury that forced him to retire.