San Antonio - Trinity men's tennis Head Coach Russell McMindes and first-year Wilson Hamilton lead the latest accolades from the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Coach McMindes was elected the SCAC Men's Tennis Co-Coach of the Year, and Hamilton was tabbed as the SCAC Men's Newcomer of the Year. Voting was conducted exclusively among conference head coaches.
As a result of his efforts, Coach McMindes holds at least a share of Coach of the Year kudos for the eighth time in his nine-year tenure. Coach McMindes guided the Tigers to a ninth consecutive SCAC Championship, defeating Southwestern (TX) University 5-0 in the finals. The victory marked Trinity's 23rd overall men's tennis SCAC Championship.
Hamilton is sporting a 9-9 singles record, largely on the top line. He is ranked ninth in the West Region by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. First-year Jace Akagi-Okuma stands at 18-8 in singles and is on a 13-match win streak. Hamilton and Akagi-Okuma are ranked 13th Regionally in doubles with a 17-7 record.
Junior Wilson Lambeth is now a three-time All-SCAC honoree. He has a 13-12 singles mark this season, is on a 10-match win streak, and is ranked 24th in the West Region. Sophomore Jordan Pitts was elected to the All-SCAC Team for the second straight year and holds a #22 Regional ranking. Pitts has amassed a 12-11 singles record.
Lambeth and Pitts are ranked third in the Region as a doubles team and have won 16 matches in a row at the #1 position. They have chalked up a 20-5 dual-match record.
First-year player Lars Wiik was selected for the All-SCAC Honorable Mention Team. Wiik has won seven of his last 10 singles matchups.
The Tigers are ranked 15th in the NCAA Division III and fourth in the West Region. Trinity has amassed a 15-11 overall record and is 14-8 against Division III opponents.
Trinity will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship on May 7. The first three rounds are set for May 11-13 at sites to be determined. The quarterfinals, semifinals and championship are slated for May 21-23 at Claremont, California. The singles and doubles championship will be played May 24-26 at Claremont.