Middlebury

Men's Tennis Players Earn NESCAC Honors - Schwarz Is Coach Of The Year

May 1, 2008

Three members of the Middlebury College men's tennis team earned All-NESCAC honors when the teams were announced today. Senior Filip Marinkovic (Toronto, Ont.) earned first-team honors in singles and doubles, sophomore Andrew Thomson (W. Bloomfield, Mich.) was a first-team doubles selection, while sophomore Andrew Lee (Eden Prarie, Minn.) earned a spot on the second team as a singles player. Middlebury head coach Dave Schwarz earned NESCAC Coach of the Year honors for the third time. The Panthers are preparing to host this weekend's NCAA Regional on campus.

The doubles team of Marinkovic and Thomson have been impressive all season for the Panthers, earning a record of 22-5 as a doubles team. The duo captured the ITA National Doubles Championship this past fall and will make a run at the NCAA doubles title this spring. Thomson earned the league's rookie of the year honors a year ago.

In just his second season on the squad, Lee has been Middlebury's #1 singles player for much of the season. Lee has been steady all season long for the Panthers, earning an 11-12 record in the top spot.

The Clarence Chaffee Sportsmanship Award was shared between two individuals for the third year in a row, with Marinkovic earning a share of the honor. The Clarence Chaffee Award is given annually to the individual who best combined and displayed a high standard of tennis coupled with the highest levels of sportsmanship.

After earning Coach of the Year honors in '02, '04, Schwarz was honored for the third time by the league. Now in his eighth season, he has led the team to seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances and four NESCAC Titles ('04-'07). The Panthers have appeared in the NCAA Championship matches, capturing the national title in '04 with a school record 22 wins. Schwarz has a career record of 127-30 over eight seasons, earning National Coach of the Year honors in '04.