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Kuhle earns sixth MAC Coach of the Year award

May 7, 2007

KALAMAZOO--For the sixth time in her career, Betsy Kuhle, head coach of the Western Michigan University women's tennis team has been named Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year.

This year marked Kuhle's 25th anniversary with the team, making her WMU's longest-tenured coach in any sport. The Broncos' first win of the 2006-07 season was Kuhle's 400th victory in the quarter century she's been with the University. A 2006 inductee into the WMU Athletic Hall of Fame, she is currently 418-210 (.665) overall and 159-23 (.874) in the MAC.

Since Kuhle joined WMU, the women's tennis team has placed third or higher in the MAC every year and has had four NCAA Tournament appearances. She has helped develop two MAC Players of the Year, four MAC Freshmen of the Year and 28 All-Mac players. The Broncos have won 26 straight regular season conference matches and claimed three successive MAC titles--10 overall. The team's academic record under Kuhle's direction has been equally as impressive, with a 98 percent graduation rate and 27 Academic All-MAC players.

A love for the game runs deep for this Decatur, Ill., native. For several years, she was a coach for the United States Tennis Association Western Section 16-and-under Zonal Championships. Before joining WMU, Kuhle was a tennis pro in Kalamazoo and in Carmel Valley and Monterey, Calif. She currently serves on the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Board of Directors and is a member of the operating committee.

Winner of the 1994 Intercollegiate Tennis Association's 35-and-over Championships, Kuhle earned a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Illinois, where she played singles. She received a master's degree in business administration from WMU.

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