Indiana Womens Tennis Coaches Garner ITA Regional Accolades
1!-- ... -->
Bloomington, Ind. Indiana womens tennis head coach Lin Loring and associate head coach Ramiro Azcui were honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association as the Midwest Coach of the Year and the Midwest Assistant Coach of the Year.
Loring and Azcui are now among the eight national finalists for the awards. National winners will be announced at the NCAA championships in Athens, Ga.
After being plagued by injuries in 2003, leading to a record of 9-17 overall and 1-9 in the Big Ten, the Hoosiers made 2004 a turnaround season. Loring and Azcui led Indiana to a 17-7 overall record and 9-2 in the Big Ten. Indiana also earned a share of the Big Ten regular season title and was given an at-large bid into the NCAA Championships.
This is the seventh time Loring has earned Midwest Coach of the Year recognition, as he was honored with the award in 1981, 1982, 1989, 1991, 1992 and 1995. Loring earned the National Coach of the Year award twice, in 1982 and 1992. Loring has been honored as the Big Ten Coach of the Year four times, 1982, 1988, 1992, and 1995.
In 2001, Loring received the Bill Orwig Medal (former IU athletic director), which recognizes a non-alumnus for unique and significant contributions to IUs athletic program from the IU Alumni Association. He was also honored at the 2000 Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Convention with the Rolex/ITA Meritorious Service Award for his service to collegiate tennis. This award has only been given 11 times in the history of mens and womens collegiate tennis.
Loring added to his list of many accomplishments this season. Indianas 6-1 win over Michigan State on April 11 gave Loring his 600th coaching victory at Indiana. He is the winningest coach in Division I women's tennis history with 646 career victories in 26 years at Indiana and four years at UC Santa Barbara (1973-1977).
This is a nice accomplishment for the team and the coaching staff for all the hard work they have put in this year, Loring said.
Azcui just finished his 12th season at Indiana. He came to Bloomington in 1992, and has helped the Hoosiers win five Big Ten titles and to 10 NCAA appearances. This is his third Midwest Assistant Coach of the Year award, as he also won the award in 1997 and 1999.
For the past seven years, Azcui has served as the Midwest Circuit Director for the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit, and he has been the director for the ITA Summer National Championships, the last three years. Azcui also teaches tennis lessons for the Bloomington community.
This is an honor for me to receive this award, Azcui said. I give credit to the players and the coaching staff.