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2012 Hall of Fame Spotlight - Coach Dave Morin

Courtesy: Nathan Palcowski, Staff Writer
Release: 10/26/2012
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Current head men's tennis coach Dave Morin will be inducted into the WMU athletic hall of fame on Friday along with five other inductees.

Morin, who has coached at WMU from 1996-present, has won seven Mid-American Conference championships and nine MAC tournament championships that led the team to the NCAA tournament each time.

"I'm thrilled to be in the Hall of Fame," said Morin. "It's special recognition to still be coaching here and be inducted."

Throughout his coaching career at WMU, Morin has put a main emphasis on ‘student-athlete.' His teams have been named Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Team (3.20 GPA) 14 out of the past 15 years. The crowning achievement was in 1999 when his team set the then school record with a 3.69 GPA.

"We want all our student-athletes to get degrees because tennis doesn't last forever," said Morin. "If the students work hard in the classroom, that's usually a good indicator of how hard they will work on the tennis courts."

Morin owns a 318-191 collegiate head coach record with 276 of those wins coming at WMU. He also owns a career MAC record of 113-37, which is a winning percentage of 75 percent.

"It's been fun" said Morin. "I take great satisfaction in being part of this program."

The success on the tennis courts has been tremendous for Morin and the WMU men's tennis team. Since 2000 his teams have had 29 dual match wins against the Big Ten conference and currently have a winning streak of 10 consecutive years with at least one Big Ten dual match victory. As a part of that streak, the 2005-2006 team set the school record for victories (25-5) and had four Big Ten wins.

"We've been able to do some great things with a collective effort of support from assistant coaches to the trainers and athletes," said Morin.

Morin along with the other five inductees will be honored Friday and then Saturday during the halftime show of the home football game versus Northern Illinois.