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Dave Morin To Enter WMU Hall of Fame

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 08/01/2012
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - It was announced last week that Western Michigan head men's tennis coach Dave Morin will be among those inducted into the WMU Athletics Hall of Fame in October.  Morin is only the third coach in WMU history to reach the Hall of Fame while still actively coaching, joining current head women's tennis coach Betsy Kuhle and late cross country and track & field coach Jack Shaw.

An eight-time Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year while at WMU (1998, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012), Morin has had the Broncos consistently in the hunt for conference championships and NCAA Tournament appearances during his 14 seasons in Kalamazoo. 

His tenure has been highlighted by seven regular season MAC championships (1999, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011) and nine MAC Tournament championships that led to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012.  En route to those accomplishments, the Broncos have encountered the type of individual and team success often associated with Western Michigan’s proud tradition.

The only coach to win MAC Coach of the Year honors at two different schools (Bowling Green, WMU), Morin is 318-191 as a collegiate head coach with 276 of his wins coming at WMU. Morin’s teams have been especially dominant in the MAC with an 110-36 (77-18 at WMU) record in regular season and tournament play.  The Broncos have advanced to the MAC title match 11 times in his 14 seasons as head coach at WMU

Perhaps more impressively, Morin's teams haven't blinked when facing some of the best in the region: the Broncos have won 29 matches against Big Ten opponents since 2000, with wins in 10 consecutive years and an impressive 29-12 mark between 2003-07.  It was in that span that the Broncos achieved their highest national ranking in program history, reaching #37 during the 2006 season.

Individually, a total of 19 players have earned all-conference accolades during Morin’s tenure; his list also includes four MAC Rookies of the Year, an ITA Region IV Freshman of the Year, and the 1999, 2001, 2004, 2009 and 2012 MAC Player of the Year. 

In the classroom, Western Michigan has been named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Team for 14 of the past 15 seasons. The program was one of 11 NCAA Division I teams to earn that honor in 1999 after posting a school record 3.69 team GPA. There also have been 27 players who have been named to the Academic All-MAC roster. WMU players have also earned academic accolades at the national level, including two-time Academic All-America honoree Jeff Brink.