MUNCIE, Ind. - Ball State University head men's tennis coach Bill Richards has been named the 2011 Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year. The announcement was made by the league office this afternoon in Cleveland. In addition sophomore Dalton Albertin and junior Cliff Morrison also earned All-MAC accolades.
This is the 12th time in Richards 39 seasons at the helm of the Cardinals that he has received the honor. The last time was in 2005 when Ball State earned the MAC Tournament title crown in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Under Richards' tutelage Ball State has won 20 MAC titles in program history, including 16 undefeated MAC seasons and seven NCAA appearances. Ball State has participated in the MAC for the last 31 years, claiming 36 regular season and/ or tournament championships. The legacy began in 1984 after the Cardinals posted a 19-5 overall record and an 8-0 stint in league play. Since the MAC tournament format started in 1997, the Cardinals have won the league tournament six times (1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2011).
Albertin was named First Team All-MAC for the first time in his career. He was named to the All-MAC Tournament team in 2010.
Morrison garnered Second Team All-MAC honors for the third straight season. Morrison also received The Most Outstanding Player of the MAC Tournament Award along with being voted to the All-MAC Tournament team for the 2011 season.The Ball State men's tennis team, after winning the MAC Tournament Championship this past weekend, awaits its NCAA destination for the first and second rounds which will be announced today at 5:30 p.m