May 14, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State men's tennis head coach Gene Orlando has been named Wilson/ITA Midwest Coach of the Year, as announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association this week. Orlando, who just finished his 20th year at the helm of the Spartans, led the Green and White to its best season in program history with a record of 18-9.
This marks the first Wilson/ITA Midwest Coach of the Year honor for Orlando, and for MSU.
The 2010-11 Spartans finished three positions outside of making their first NCAA Championships appearance in program history.
Notable wins for MSU on the year included an upset win over then-ranked No. 21 Wake Forest, 6-1. Back-to-back victories over Northwestern to end the regular season and open the Big Ten Championship gave Michigan State its first appearance in the second round of the tournament in several years.
Michigan State opened its 2011 spring campaign with a program-best nine-straight wins to open the year. Due to the success the team had in the non-conference schedule, the team was ranked as high as No. 42 in the weekly ITA polls, the highest such ranking in program history.
Although the Spartans failed to make the NCAA Championships, they have much to look forward to during the 2011-12 year as they welcome back nine members from this year's squad, including five of the top six singles players.