Siegel Voted Big 12 Coach of the Year|
April 28, 2008
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech University has become the home to some of the elite coaches in Division I sports today, and their accomplishments have become recognized and renowned across the nation. Men's Tennis Head Coach Tim Siegel is among those elite as he was named the 2008 Big 12 Coach of the Year today, his second career accolade for this award.
Siegel's tenure with the men's tennis program began in 1993, where he has compiled a record of 213-171. His 200th career-win at Tech came earlier this season as the Red Raiders put away a 5-2 victory over Arkansas-Little Rock. Since taking over the men's team, Siegel has attained high levels of success on the national level. Now seven of the past 14 seasons the men's team has reached the NCAA Tournament and has been included among the top 30-ranked teams in the nation, as well as having singles and doubles players ranked in the top 100. He has also coached four singles players to the NCAA Singles Championships, and two doubles duos to the NCAA Doubles Championships.
Tech ended its 2008 regular season campaign with a solid 19-5 duals record, 4-3 in the Big 12, and is currently ranked No. 17 nationally. The team narrowly missed its first ever regular season conference title as they headed into the last week of Big 12 play tied for first with both Baylor and Texas. The team couldn't quite capitalize on the Bear's home-court advantage losing 5-2, and landing tied for second with Oklahoma State heading to the Big 12 Championships. After receiving the fourth seed in the tournament, Tech suffered a devastating 4-3 loss this past weekend to host Texas A&M, falling just short of the 20th win needed to secure a spot at hosting a 2008 NCAA Regional. Siegel has sparked Texas Tech to its first winning record in conference play since 2005, and has raised the team's overall winning percentage from .583 a year ago to .792 in 2008.
Two-thousand five was a milestone year for Siegel as he led his No. 15-ranked Red Raiders to a Sweet-16 berth and was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year and Co-Region Coach of the Year by his peers. The team returned to the NCAA Tournament last season after missing out in 2006, advancing to the second round after defeating Virginia Commonwealth, 4-1. Tech awaits its 2008 NCAA Tournament first and second round opponents as the selections will be released tomorrow, April 29, at 1 p.m.
Siegel has done an outstanding job recruiting the top student-athletes, locally, nationally, and internationally. He continues to provide the team with leadership and experience needed to be successful on and off the court, as the Tech men's team has led the conference for two straight years with five Academic All-Big 12 honorees, respectively. His team has also maintained a 3.0 GPA or higher since the fall of 1999, with a total 21 players over the past 16 years named to the All-Conference Academic team.