Coach Bill Wright Earns Region Honor

May 18, 2004

Arizona men's tennis coach Bill Wright earned the Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year Award in the West Region (VIII), for the 2003-04 season. Wright led the Wildcats to a 15-9 overall record and a 3-4 mark in the Pac-10.

Wright is in his 18th season at the helm of the Wildcats, and earned his second West Region VIII Coach of the Year Award. The honor is the fourth coaching accolade of his 27-year career. He was named National and Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 1982, while coaching the California Golden Bears. During the 2001 season, Wright garnered the West Region VIII Coach of the Year honors after leading the Wildcats to a 12-10 record.

The Wildcats enjoyed one of the most successful seasons under Wright in 2004. Arizona has been ranked in the top-25 since the March 9 ranking period and it is the first time since 1996 that Arizona reached such rankings.

Also, Arizona swept California in league play for the first time in school history. Individually, the team had two ranked players in senior Tom Lloyd and sophomore Roger Matalonga, one ranked doubles team of Matalonga and Colin O'Grady, and two 20-win seasons for Matalonga and junior Paul Warkentin.

'Arizona's success this season has come from the team's depth, not just from one or two players,' Wright said. Arizona routinely took the lead early by winning the doubles point as well as winning matches through its solid play and its depth.

Wright and the No. 24-ranked doubles team of Matalonga and O'Grady will next compete in the NCAA Doubles Championships on May 26, in Tulsa, Okla.

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