May 25, 2011
Palo Alto, Calif. -- Senior Associate Athletic Director Tim Cass has been in charge of many big projects at the University of New Mexico in recent years. Most notably, he handled the renovation of The Pit, and now will be heading up the renovation of UNM's on-campus baseball field. However, Cass got his start in collegiate athletics as a tennis player and coach, and tonight, he will be honored for his fantastic coaching career, as he will be inducted as one of seven 2011 new inductees into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame. The new class will be honored with an enshrinement banquet at Stanford tonight at McCall Hall in the Arrillaga Family Sports Center.
Cass is the only coach in the 2011 class and the other six inductees were all players and include: Simon Aspelin (Pepperdine), Scott Davis (Stanford), Marcel Freeman (UCLA), Jim Grabb (Stanford), Gene Mayer (Stanford), and Jonathan Stark (Stanford).
Cass was also the head coach at the University of New Mexico from 1991 through 1996 and led the Lobos to five straight Western Athletic Conference (WAC) team titles and the 1995 team reached a school-best No. 6 ITA ranking. He then left and was the head coach at Texas A&M from 1997 through 2006 and helped lead the Aggies to the NCAA Championships every season and won the 2000 and 2001 Big 12 Tournament Championships as well as the 2001 regular season Big 12 title. The 2000 and 2001 squads reached as high as No. 4 in the ITA rankings, the highest of any Aggie tennis squad.
All told, Cass led teams to 16 straight NCAA tournament appearances and nine conference tournament titles, along with coaching numerous All-Americans and countless of graduates. Cass also was instrumental in fundraising at both New Mexico and Texas A&M to help build facilities: an indoor facility at UNM and an outdoor one at Texas A&M
"I am extremely humbled to be presented this honor," said Cass. "To be placed of alongside some of the greatest names in collegiate tennis is a wonderful honor. I share this recognition with my wonderful past players, the great university support at both UNM and A&M, and the fans of both programs." Cass added, "Collegiate tennis has been such a big part of my life for 23 years as a player and a coach."
Cass will be the fourth inductee from the schools that make up the current configuration of the Mountain West, but that will change in July, as the other three ITA Hall of Famers hail from the University of Utah, who leave the conference July 1.