Lama Named 2014 USPTA College Coach of the Year
Tennis Head Coach Wins Award for Second Time in Career
MARBLE FALLS — Is this guy good or what? North Texas tennis head coach Sujay Lama has been named the 2014 Texas College Coach of the Year by the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA). This marks the second time in his career Lama has received the award; the first being in 2009. Lama accepted the award February 21 at the USPTA Texas Annual Conference at the Horseshoe Bay Resort in Marble Falls.
"I want to thank the USPTA for this prestigious award and I humbly accept this on behalf our team," Lama explained. "It's truly an honor to be recognized by my peers and I feel blessed. I'm very fortunate to have the opportunity to coach an incredible group of ladies and to have a great support staff around me."
Lama has turned around a North Texas tennis program that was ranked among the lowest in the country following the 2005-06 season when he took over. After one season of transition and a 2-19 record, the Mean Green has accumulated an overall 106-65 record under Lama over the last seven years and through nine team matches this season. Among that success has been three Sun Belt Conference championships, which translated into three NCAA Tournament appearances.
The three Sun Belt championships in 2010, 2012 and 2013 were the program's first since it won the Southland in 1990. Lama's three Sun Belt Coach of the Year awards in 2010, 2012 and 2013 were the program's first since David Gray in 1996.
Also of note is North Texas' national ranking, which has been as high as No. 40 in 2011, but has hovered regularly in the 60's over the past five seasons. Because of that, the program receives more national attention than it had ever before.
Lama made sure to add, "A special thanks goes out to my Associate Head Coach Jeff Hammond, who has impacted our tennis program greatly with his work ethic, energy, passion and knowledge."