Article courtesy of Western Michigan University athletic media relations
KALAMAZOO -- The Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced its regional award winners and Western Michigan women's tennis assistant coach Ryan Tomlinson is the ITA Assistant Coach of the Year for the Midwest Region.
Tomlinson just completed his seventh season as an assistant coach for the Broncos and helped them win a fourth-straight undefeated Mid-American Conference championship. The Broncos finished the season 17-8, 8-0 in the MAC, and ranked No. 57 in the country.
"I'm very pleased that Ryan has been recognized for everything he contributes to the success of Bronco women's tennis," WMU head coach Betsy Kuhle said. "He is a very big part of our success and we couldn't do it without him."
"This is an outstanding honor and I'd just like to thank everyone at the ITA and in the Midwest region for this award," Tomlinson said. "I'd also specifically like to thank Coach Kuhle for giving me an opportunity to remain a part of the Bronco tennis family. I've had an opportunity to learn how to do things the right way from one of the all-time greats and I couldn't ask for anything more than that. This award is also a credit to our student-athletes for all their hard work and success that make this kind of recognition possible."
In his time helping to guide the Broncos, the team has compiled an overall record of 124-56 (.689) and 55-5 (.917) in the MAC with four conference championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances.
Tomlinson has worked with 10 All-MAC players and all three of WMU's MAC Players of the Year (Frederika Girsang-2003; Malena Remynse-2006; Kerstin Pahl-2008).
This accomplishment adds to his accolades as a four-year letterwinner (1997-2001) for the Brown & Gold. A two-time All-MAC honoree, Tomlinson won 178 career matches, which is still 10th all-time, and helped the Broncos win two MAC championships and reach the 1999 and 2001 NCAA Tournaments.
As one of the eight regional winners, Tomlinson is now eligible for the national ITA Assistant Coach of the Year Award that will be announced on May 20.
2008 ITA Assistant Coach of the Year
East: Paula Miller, Quinnipiac
Southeast : Darrell Jernigan, Clemson
South: Frank Polito, Georgia
Midwest: Ryan Tomlinson, Western Michigan
Central: Ruthann Allen, Utah
Southwest : Colin Foster, Texas Christian
Northwest: Sara Moreno, UC-Davis
West: Josh Goffi, Arizona State