April 30, 2009
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - University of New Mexico men's tennis head coach Alan Dils was voted the 2009 Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year, his second straight and fourth overall, having picked up the distinction in 2000, 2004 and 2008. The award is voted on by the league's head coaches following the conference tournament this past weekend in Albuquerque.
Dils, now in his 13th season at New Mexico, guided the 41st-ranked Lobos to their third MWC Men's Tennis Championship title and its 11th overall NCAA Tournament appearance this season. The Lobos finished tied for second with Utah in the regular-season standings with a 4-2 record in league matches and a 20-5 overall mark. Three Lobos collected All-MWC honors this season (Johnny Parkes and Graeme Kassautzki in singles and Parkes/Miles Bugby in doubles) while Parkes took home Player of the Year honors.
The Lobos have been ranked in the top 45 nationally all season and won 15 of their first 17 matches. The 2009 squad also picked up the UNM Athletic Council's Most Improved Award for having the best improvement in team grade point average at the Lobo Scholar-Athlete Banquet on April 21.
Dils, the longest tenured coach in UNM men's tennis, holds the highest winning record in program history at 184-117 and has posted back-to-back seasons with 20 wins. Under Dils' tutelage, the Lobos have won five conference titles - three tournament titles and two regular season titles. Dils served as an assistant when the Lobos won five consecutive titles from 1991-1995. He is a 1989 UNM graduate.
The Lobos (20-5) will travel to Los Angeles, Calif., for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Team Tournament. UNM will face No. 33 Minnesota (18-7) on Friday, May 8, at 3 p.m. (MDT). If the Lobos advance, they will meet either USC or UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, May 9.