Western Michigan University is a Division I NCAA member that competes in the Mid-American Conference and has won seven of the last 13 MAC championships (1999, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011) and advanced to nine of the last 14 NCAA Tournaments in in 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012. WMU leads the conference with 23 championships in its illustrious history, and has been ranked as high as #37 nationally. The Broncos have also earned 29 victories against Big 10 schools in dual matches during head coach Dave Morin's tenure.
Post Season Highlights
Since the NCAA team tournament went to automatic qualification in 1999, the Western Michigan University men's tennis team has qualified 9 times, including five trips in a row from 2006-10. Most recently, the Broncos advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2012 after defeating top-seeded Buffalo 4-0 in the 2012 MAC Tournament. The Broncos also qualified in 1999, 2001, and 2004.
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Western Michigan University has also had much success on the individual level led by recent graduate Brady Crosby (Livonia, MI) who was ranked #52 in D I singles in 2007 as well as #21 in doubles with Tim Bradshaw (Bromsgrove, England). This tandem also qualified for the NCAA doubles championships in 2007.
The Broncos have produced five MAC Players of the Year, most recently in 2012 with Nadin Indre.
Recent Bronco graduate Ravishankar Pathanjali (2004) played the ATP tour for several years after college, and was ranked as high as 614 in singles and 368 in doubles.
An eight-time Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year while at WMU (1998, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012) and a 2012 inductee into the WMU Athletics Hall of Fame, Dave Morin has had the Broncos consistently in the hunt for conference championships and NCAA Tournament appearances during his 14 seasons in Kalamazoo.
His tenure has been highlighted by seven regular season MAC championships (1999, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011) and nine MAC Tournament championships that led to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012. En route to those accomplishments, the Broncos have encountered the type of individual and team success often associated with Western Michigan’s proud tradition.
The only coach to win MAC Coach of the Year honors at two different schools (Bowling Green, WMU), Morin is 318-191 as a collegiate head coach with 276 of his wins coming at WMU. Morin’s teams have been especially dominant in the MAC with an 110-36 (77-18 at WMU) record in regular season and tournament play. The Broncos have advanced to the MAC title match 11 times in his 14 seasons as head coach at WMU
Perhaps more impressively, Morin's teams haven't blinked when facing some of the best in the region: the Broncos have won 29 matches against Big Ten opponents since 2000, with wins in 10 consecutive years and an impressive 29-12 mark between 2003-07. It was in that span that the Broncos achieved their highest national ranking in program history, reaching #37 during the 2006 season.
Individually, a total of 19 players have earned all-conference accolades during Morin’s tenure; his list also includes four MAC Rookies of the Year, an ITA Region IV Freshman of the Year, and the 1999, 2001, 2004, 2009 and 2012 MAC Player of the Year.
In the classroom, Western Michigan has been named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Team for 14 of the past 15 seasons. The program was one of 11 NCAA Division I teams to earn that honor in 1999 after posting a school record 3.69 team GPA. There also have been 27 players who have been named to the Academic All-MAC roster. WMU players have also earned academic accolades at the national level, including two-time Academic All-America honoree Jeff Brink.