April 23, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico men's tennis head coach Alan Dils was named Coach of the Year by the MWC for the 2007-08 season. Three student-athletes were named to the singles All-MWC team while two doubles teams garnered honors.
Dils, the winningest coach for the Lobos, is in his 12th season. In those 12 seasons he has collected a 162-111 (.593) record and 42-27 (.609) in conference play. He surpassed Joe Ferguson, who led the Lobos from 1962-74 with a 157-69 mark, with the victory over MWC foes Utah on April 4 in a home match. The 2007-08 squad collected Dils' most wins in a season with 18 and UNM still has the MWC tournament to play. This is Dils third Coach of the Year honor by the MWC. He was also honored in 2000 and 2004 and in both seasons the Lobos went on to win the MWC tournament.
Dils commented, "This has been a team effort all the way from the team to the coaches and this award is for all the coaches on our staff including Loren Dils and Eduardo Provencio as well as myself. Tim Cass has also played a part in this team's success."
Senior Max Jones, a native of Chicester, West Sussex, finished the regular season with a 17-11 record. He went 12-9 during the spring and 11-8 at the No. 1 spot. He is currently ranked No. 69 nationally and has held a ranking as high as No. 35. Jones has faced nine ranked players this spring with a 3-6 mark in those matches. His biggest upset came against No. 15 Jack Baker from South Alabama on March 21. This is Jones' fourth consecutive singles honor.
Juniors Johnny Parkes and Graeme Kassautzki were also named to the All-MWC singles team. Johnny Parkes, a Southport, Merseyside native, earned his third consecutive award. He finished with a 19-11 overall record and 14-9 this spring. He primarily played the No. 2 spot collecting a 13-6 mark at that spot.
Kassautzki, from Vancouver, British Columbia, finished the regular season at 20-9 and a 6-match win streak. He played at both the No. 3 and No. 4 spots with 11-6 and 5-1 records respectively during a 16-7 spring. Kassautzki defeated both ranked players he faced, No. 69 Brent Werbeck from Boise State on Jan. 25 and No. 82 Ilya Babincuic of Texas Tech on Feb. 29. This was his first time earning the honor.
Jones was also named to the doubles team with partner Kamil Pajkowski. The duo went 25-6 during the regular season including an 8-match win streak during a 19-4 mark during the spring at No. 1. This is the third straight honor for the pair.
The Parkes brothers, Chris Parkes and Johnny Parkes were also named as a doubles team. The pair went 16-7 this season and 15-4 during the spring where they had a 10 straight victories. The duo was honored as All-MWC doubles for the first time.
"It has been an exceptional team all year and these awards reflect upon that. It was nice to see Graeme [Kassautzki] get recognized for his hard work. It was also nice to see the brothers [Chris Parkes and Johnny Parkes] get the honor as a doubles team."
The Lobos begin postseason against Air Force on Thursday at 1 p.m. CT at the MWC Championship in Fort Worth, Texas.