Former Tennis Standout Mike Kreiss Passes Away

March 19, 2012

LOS ANGELES - The UCLA men's tennis team lost a former player and great supporter to the program recently, as Mike Kreiss, a letterman at UCLA from 1970-72, passed away on March 5 in San Diego following a long illness. He was 60 years old.

Playing for legendary head coach Glenn Bassett, Kreiss was a member of two NCAA Championship teams in 1970 and 1971. He would go on to earn All-American honors at UCLA in 1972. The Bruins also claimed two conference titles during his time in Westwood. Kreiss went on to play professional tennis, reaching a career-high world ranking of No. 136 in 1974.

Kreiss's brothers, Bob and Tommy, were also standout tennis players at UCLA in the 1970s, as Bob was a four-year letterwinner from 1970-73, while Tommy played at UCLA from 1972-75. All three brothers were on the 1972 team that finished third at the NCAA Championships.

In addition to the three brothers, Mike's sons, Nick and Loren, were also members of the UCLA men's tennis program, as was Tommy's son, Taylor.

"The UCLA tennis family is certainly mourning the loss of Mike," said UCLA head coach Billy Martin. "Besides being an excellent player along with his two brothers, he was a great supporter of UCLA men's tennis. From the day he left, he maintained strong ties to this program. It's just a sad time for UCLA."

Following his professional tennis career, Mike would go on to run the family business, serving as president and CEO of San Diego-based Kreiss Design Enterprises.

The family is considering a public memorial at a later date. For more information, please send an e-mail to: tennis@athletics.ucla.edu


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