Feb. 21, 2014
HILTON HEAD, S.C. -North Texas women's tennis head coach Sujay Lama has been named the 2013 Jim Verdieck College Coach of the Year by the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR). This prestigious award is given by the leading tennis-teaching professional organization in the world.
"This is a tremendous honor and I am humbled to say the least," Lama said. "There is no better job in the world than being a college coach, and I have been blessed to be doing this for the last 19 years. For my peers to recognize me with this award means the world to me."
In the 2012-13 season, the Mean Green won its third Sun Belt Conference Championship, and third NCAA Tournament bid. Lama became the first coach in program history to receive coach of the year honors multiple times. He was named Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year in 2010, 2012 and 2013, and was named the USPTA Texas Collegiate Coach of the Year in 2009.
"Coach Lama has been instrumental in helping turn the North Texas tennis program into one that is respected on a national level," Director of Athletics Rick Villarreal said. "This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication that he has put in to helping develop young players and it is validation that the scope of his work is being recognized by his peers."
For more than 20 years, Lama has been a PTR professional. Collectively he has more than 200 wins. In eight years as head coach of North Texas women's tennis, he has become the program's winningest coach with a 97-71 record.
PTR's mission statement says, "PTR is the largest global organization of tennis-teaching professionals, with more than 14,000 members in 117 countries. It has the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization. PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying and servicing tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game."