April 28, 2007
Contact: Josh Rattray
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - After leading the Cleveland State men's tennis team to its best regular season league finish in school history, head coach Brian Etzkin was named Horizon League Coach of the Year at the league's pre-championships banquet Friday night. Men's players Phil Orno, Ryan Hamning and Brad Groleski and women's players Sarah Galon and Charlotte Gibbons were named all-Horizon League in a voting by the league's coaches.
In his fifth year at
"I am excited for the honor, but in the end, the only reason I won the award is because of the hard work of our program," Etzkin said. "The award is dedicated to our players and (assistant David) Coach Howell, who works as hard as anyone."
Etzkin, who is Cleveland State's all-time coaching wins leader in both men's and women's tennis, has a combined record of 119-127 and has guided the team from a perennial last place team to a league contender. The
The success of both teams has led to individual league honors for five players as well. Orno, a freshman Denmark native, led three all-league men's players by garnering first team All-Horizon League honors after posting a 20-16 record playing Nos. 1 and 2 singles. He went 4-1 in league play, including wins in his last three matches of the season.
Hamning and Groleski each garnered second team honors. Hamning, a
Hamning and Orno were nearly automatic as a No. 1 doubles combo, posting a 26-6 record.
"All of our guys were competitive and had great years," Etzkin said. "For us to have three of the 12 all-league players shows where how far our program has come."
Galon a senior from
"It was great for the league to recognize the great job Sarah has done here at
Galon also captured the league's Herb Foster Sportsmanship award for the second straight year.