May 14, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - University of New Mexico head men's tennis coach Alan Dils has been named Intercollegiate Tennis Association Mountain Regional Coach of the Year. His twin brother Loren, collected ITA Mountain Regional Assistant Coach of the Year honors. The Lobos finished the season with a 20-8 overall record and 5-1 in the MWC, sharing the MWC regular season title.
Alan Dils, a native of Belen, N.M., became the winningest Lobo men's tennis head coach this season with a 164-112 (.594) mark. He has been with the Lobo tennis program in one aspect or another since 1984. Alan Dils played for the Lobos from 1984-89 and earned a degree in Business Administration. He became the assistant coach under then head coach Tim Cass, current Senior Associate Athletic Director. Alan Dils took over the reigns in 1996 and has been the head coach for the past 12 seasons. This was the first regional coaching award for Alan Dils.
Loren Dils joined his brother as assistant coach in 1996 where he has also been for the past 12 seasons. He played tennis at Northern Arizona University from 1984-89 and earned a degree from NAU in 1989 before earning his master's degree from New Mexico in 1993. Loren Dils earned his third outright award and fourth overall honor (2000, 2004, 2005 & 2008).
"I think it is great that they have honored Alan both in conference and regionally to get this regional award," Loren Dils commented. "I think this shows the direction the program is heading and about our team. It also shows a great deal about the athletic administration with having Paul Krebs and Tim Cass in the main office."
The 20 victories is the most for Alan Dils at UNM. He has had three 17-win seasons as Lobo head coach. New Mexico went on a tear, collecting 11 straight victories that lasted from March 1-April 11. The streak was the longest since 1995 when Cass was at the helm and Alan Dils was an assistant.
UNM quickly passed by Air Force in the first round of the MWC tournament and advanced to the finals with a 4-0 victory over San Diego State. The finals against host TCU came down to one singles set on the No. 3 court. The Horned Frogs took the set, match and championship. The Lobos were left to watch the NCAA Selection show to hear their name but it was never called, ending the 2007-08 season.