MUNCIE, Ind. - Ball State University head men's tennis coach Bill Richards has been named the 2013 Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year. In addition Alexandre Brym received the Jack Vredevelt Sportstmanship Award while teammates Ray Leonard, Dalton Albertin and Cliff Morrison also earned All-MAC accolades.
"Individual honors are always secondary to team accomplishments," said Richards. "After winning the conference championship these awards are a nice bonus for everyone."
"These student athletes did a great job all year and it is nice to see them rewarded. It is also a nice way for the three seniors that were honored to end their careers."
This is the 15th time in Richards 41 seasons at the helm of the Cardinals he has received the honor. The last time was in 2011 when Ball State earned the MAC Tournament title crown in Kalamazoo, Mich.
The Cardinals were crowned MAC regular season champions this season after finishing league play 5-0. The MAC regular season crown was the first for the Cardinals since the 2006 season. Ball State has now won 20 MAC titles in program history, including 17 undefeated MAC seasons. Ball State has participated in the MAC for the last 33 years, claiming 37 regular season and/ or tournament championships. Since the MAC tournament format started in 1997, the Cardinals have won the league tournament six times (1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2011).
Brym was recognized with the Jack Vredevelt Sportsmanship Award, an annual award presented to a senior who has displayed outstanding sportsmanship throughout his career.
Leonard was named First Team All-MAC for the second time in his career. Albertin and Morrison each garnered Second Team All-MAC honors.
Albertin was on the All-MAC Tournament team as a freshman, received First Team All-MAC as a sophomore and Second Team All-MAC his junior and senior seasons. Morrison earned the Most Outstanding Player of the MAC Tournament in 2011. He was also named Second Team All-MAC in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013.