Hometown: Lincoln, Neb. Alma Mater: University of Nebraska
Joel Reckewey completed his fourth season as Concordia University’s head men’s and women’s tennis coach in 2017-18. He has also filled a game management role for men’s and women’s soccer.
Since taking over the tennis programs prior to the 2015 season, Reckewey has led his squads to a combined four GPAC tournament semifinal appearances. Spurred by standout Annie Horn (41 career singles wins), the 2018 women broke a program single-season record by winning 13 matches. Horn earned all-conference accolades each of her four seasons with the Bulldogs.
Most recently, Reckewey served as head girl’s tennis coach at Lincoln Christian High School, while also fulfilling a multitude of additional duties. The Lincoln native began Reckewey Tennis inside the Abbott Sports Complex in Lincoln in August of 2013, providing a venue for him to give professional instruction to players of all ability and experience levels. Reckewey continues to operate his full service tennis LLC alongside his duties at Concordia.
A USPTA certified teaching professional since 2008, Reckewey has also served positions as Nebraska Tennis Academy Coach at the Nebraska Tennis Center (2010-present) and Director of Tennis at Prairie Life Fitness (June 2010-present). He was a professional coach at the Mike Wolf Tennis Academy for more than a year (2006-07).
During his collegiate playing career, Reckewey lettered four times at the University of Nebraska Lincoln from 2001-05. As a prep, he won a Kansas State High School tennis championship in 2000 while competing for Shawnee Mission High School, located in Overland Park, Kan. Before moving to Kansas, Reckewey earned a Class A state tournament runner up finish for Lincoln Southeast High School in 1996.
Post college graduation, Reckewey won the Lincoln Open Tennis Tournament championship in 2011 and the Omaha Holiday Tennis Tournament championship in 2010.
Reckewey, who was born in Omaha, graduated from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration (emphasis in marketing) and minors in psychology and English.
Hometown: Moscow, Russia Alma Mater: Alcorn State University
Nikita Kostikov joined the Concordia University tennis staff beginning with the spring semester of 2018. A graduate of NCAA Division I Alcorn State University, Kostikov previously worked as a tennis professional and coordinator at Cliff Drysdale Tennis in Niceville, Fla.
Originally from Moscow, Russia, Kostikov earned numerous accolades during his four years at Alcorn State, located in Lorman, Miss. Kostikov collected All-South Western Athletic Conference accolades in singles, doubles or both in each collegiate season. He served as a team captain and rose to the status of No. 1 singles and doubles player for the Braves. He was voted the team MVP in 2016, the team’s best doubles player 2014 through 2016 and the most improved player in 2014. He helped Alcorn State win the SWAC championship in 2014.
During summer stay at Cliff Drysdale Tennis, Kostikov gave lessons to players of all ages and was closely involved with the operation of the tennis facility. While serving as tennis instructor and camp coordinator at Arcadia International Tennis Inc., in Brooklyn, N.Y., Kostikov performed many tasks, including providing lessons. He worked as a hitting partner with athletes that were recruited by St. John’s University and Binghamton University, respectively.
Nikita graduated from Alcorn State with his degree in accounting. He is currently pursuing an MBA in accounting. Nikita’s parents, Pavel and Natalia Kostikov, now live in Rishon LeZion, Israel.