ITA Announces Wilson/ITA Division I National Coaches of the Year
2010 COY

ITA Announces Wilson/ITA Division I National Coaches of the Year

SKILLMAN, N.J. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced the Wilson/ITA National Coaches of the Year for NCAA Division I tennis. Peter Smith of Southern California was awarded the honor as the top men's head coach while North Carolina's Brian Kalbas was the recipient for the women.

Wilson has served as the Official Tennis Racquet Company, Tennis Ball and Stringing Accessory Company of the ITA since 1973. The ITA partnership with Wilson started in 1973 as the sponsor of the ITA Coach of the Year Award, while the Wilson tennis ball and racquet bacame offcial designations in 1988 and 1990, respectively.

In addition, Wilson serves as the title sponsor for the ITA National Promoter of the Year awards, which presents a wonderful opportunity for students to be recognized for their promotional efforts of their varsity tennis programs by receiving summer intern positions with Wilson Sporting Goods. 

"We are proud of this year's award recipients and their excellence in tennis. Wilson is appreciative of all they do for the athletes they work with every day and their contributions to our industry and college tennis," says Michael Wallace, Director of US Promotions for Wilson Sporting Goods Co. 

Peter Smith, the Pac-10 Coach of the Year, guided the defending NCAA Champions to a 25-3 overall record as the Trojans pin up their first back-to-back NCAA titles since 1993-94. The 2010 crown marks USC's 18th all-time NCAA men's tennis title, the most in NCAA history. Smith is the only men's tennis coach ever to lead four different men's programs to national top-25 rankings and is one of only two coaches to guide three different schools to the NCAA quarterfinals and top-5 national rankings (USC, Pepperdine and Fresno State).
 
Brian Kalbas led UNC to one of the most successful seasons in program history. The Tar Heels spent five weeks ranked No. 1 in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings, made the finals of the ITA Women's Team Indoor Championship andcompleted the first 11-0 regular season in ACC history. For Kalbas, the award is his sixth career Wilson/ITA Regional Coach of the Year honor and his second since coming to Chapel Hill. The seventh year head coach was also selected as the ITA National Coach of the Year in 1998 while at William & Mary.
 

Wilson/ITA National Division I Coaches of the Year:

 

 Men

 

 

 Women

2010

Peter Smith, Southern California

 

2010

Brian Kalbas, North Carolina

2009

Ty Tucker, Ohio State

 

2009

Jeff Wallace, Georgia

2008

Brian Boland, Virginia

 

2008

Claire Pollard, Northwestern

2007

Manuel Diaz, Georgia

 

2007

Bryan Shelton, Georgia Tech

2006

Adam Steinberg, Pepperdine

 

2006

Jay Louderback, Notre Dame

2005

Matt Knoll, Baylor

 

2005

Mark Guilbeau, Kentucky

2004

Ron Smarr, Rice

 

2004

Patty McCain, Washington

2003

Craig Tiley, Illinois

 

2003

Lele Forood, Stanford

2002

Dick Leach, Southern California

 

2002

Brian Fleishman, Wake Forest

2001

Manuel Diaz, Georgia

 

2001

Mike/Sonia Patrick, Tennessee

2000

Dick Gould, Stanford

 

2000

Jeff Wallace, Georgia

1999

Craig Tiley, Illinois

 

1999

Frank Brennan, Stanford

1998

Dick Gould, Stanford

 

1998

Brian Kalbas, William & Mary

1997

Greg Patton, Boise State

 

1997

Sheila McInerney, Arizona State

1996

Billy Martin, UCLA

 

1996

Andy Brandi, Florida

1995

Manuel Diaz, Georgia

 

1995

Ann Valentine, Brigham Young

1994

Dick Gould, Stanford

 

1994

Jeff Wallace, Georgia

1993

Glenn Bassett, UCLA

 

1993

Jeff Moore, Texas

1992

Bobby Bayliss, Notre Dame

 

1992

Lin Loring, Indiana

1991

Dick Leach, Southern California

 

1991

Jeff Wallace, Georgia

1990

Mike DePalmer, Tennessee

 

1990

Jan Brogan, California

1989

Kent DeMars, South Carolina

 

1989

Andy Brandi, Florida

1988

Jerry Simmons, LSU

 

1988

Frank Brennan, Stanford

1987

Greg Patton, UC-Irvine

 

1987

Frank Brennan, Stanford

1986

Jerry Noyce, Minnesota

 

1986

Ian Duvenhage, Miami

1985

Dave Snyder, Texas

 

1985

Carol Plunkett, San Diego State

1984

Dick Leach, Southern California

 

1984

Anne Pittman, Arizona State

1983

Dennis Ralston, SMU

 

1982

Tut Bartzen, TCU

 

1981

Chuck Kriese, Clemson

 

1980

Dan Magill, Georgia

 

1979

Bill Wright, California

 

1978

George Toley, Southern California

 

1977

Bob McKinley, Trinity

 

1976

Glenn Bassett, UCLA

 

1975

Bill Potter, Florida

 

1974

Glenn Bassett, UCLA

 

1973

Dick Gould, Stanford

 



As the governing body of collegiate tennis, the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community. The ITA, which is compromised of nearly 1,700 men's and women's varsity coaches representing over 1,200 institutions, administers numerous regional and national championships and the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings for over 15,000 college varsity student-athletes at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior College levels. The ITA also has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics, leadership and sportsmanship. The official ITA web site is www.itatennis.com. 

Wilson Racquet Sports is a division of Chicago-based Wilson Sporting Goods, one of the world's leading manufacturers of sports equipment and owned by Amer Sports. Wilson designs, manufactures and distributes sporting goods throughout the world and focuses on making technologically advanced products which help players of all levels perform better. Wilson's core sport categories include: Football, Basketball, Baseball, Volleyball, Soccer, Youth Sports, Uniforms/Apparel, Golf, Footwear and Racquet Sports (Tennis, Racquetball, Squash, Badminton and Platform Tennis). For more information, visit www.wilson.com.

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