Indiana's 300 Club
March 8, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's tennis team is in its 2006 campaign under the leadership of head coach Ken Hydinger. IU looks to help Hydinger reach an elite status among Hoosier coaches with 300 career wins at Indiana.
"I have been blessed in many ways during my time here at IU," Hydinger said. "Some of those great memories were being around some elite coaches. I've been blessed to be in a good place and to have had some great competitors on my teams."
Hydinger is in his 21st season as head coach of men's tennis and currently stands only two wins away from reaching the 300 plateau. He will join a group of seven elite Indiana coaches in school history to earn 300 career wins at the institution. Hydinger is second in wins only to women's tennis head coach Lin Loring for current Indiana coaching victories.
A graduate of Pepperdine University, Hydinger was also a successful tennis player. His college teams were ranked in the top 10 for three consecutive seasons.
Hydinger kicked off his career at IU by tying the school record for most wins in a season with 22. He has reached the 20-win mark with three other teams in his tenure at Indiana. Hydinger's teams have averaged just under 15 wins per season. He has led four teams to the NCAA Tournament and is the only coach in the history of Indiana tennis to have a player earn Big Ten Sportsman of the Year honors.
Hydinger's most successful season might have been in 1992 when he received the Big Ten Coach of the Year honor. Hydinger led his team to a 16-8 overall record and 9-1 conference mark. The conference record established a new school-record and gave the Hoosiers a runner-up finish in the Big Ten.
"Athletics have grown into more of a business than when I started coaching, but when you get down to it, the essence of it are still the same," Hydinger said. "The sacrifice and commitment still pushes athletes to strive for their best. To see someone train themselves to their utmost and then compete from their heart is beautiful. Pure athletics, with sweaty t-shirts and all, is one of the greatest art forms in the world."
The Hoosiers will play five games in six days over spring break. Indiana will open with a pair of matches on March 13 in Daytona, Fla. IU will face North Florida and Colgate on Monday, March 13, before traveling to Tampa, Fla., to face South Florida on March 15. The Hoosiers will face Army on March 16 in Tampa and finish the week with a March 18 affair against Central Florida in Daytona.
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