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Dave Morin gets fifth MAC Coach of the Year

May 25, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's men's tennis team, winners of the 2006 MAC Tournament championship and automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament, placed four players on all-conference teams and saw coach Dave Morin earn MAC Coach of the Year honors for the fifth time in his career.

Three Broncos were named to the All-MAC First Team, including senior Jose Orozco of Cali, Colombia, and juniors Tim Bradshaw of Bromsgrove, England, and Brady Crosby of Livonia, Mich. Sophomore Alex Birchmeier of Midland, Mich., was placed on the all-league second team.

Morin was selected by his peers after leading WMU to its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance of the past eight years, all under his guidance. This season, he coached the Broncos to a school-record 25 wins and only the seventh 20-win season in the 83-year history of WMU varsity men's tennis. WMU climbed as high as No. 37 in the nation during the season, the highest ranking in school history for a men's tennis team.

Morin reached a couple of personal milestones this season, winning his 200th career match March 15 against Ferris State University. His career record stands at 209-132. With the Broncos' two wins in the MAC Tournament, Morin's record at Western (167-85) surpassed legendary coach Hap Sorensen for second-place all-time in wins at WMU.

MAC Coach of the Year honors first went to Morin in 1994, when he was head tennis coach at Bowling Green State University. He has previously earned the honor at WMU at the conclusions of the 1998, 2000 and 2004 seasons.

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Media contact: Mat Kanan, (269) 387-4125, mat.kanan@wmich.edu

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