Coupe Named ITA National Assistant Coach Of The Year

May 19, 2009

SEATTLE - Husky women's tennis assistant coach Damon Coupe has been named the National Assistant Coach of the Year, it was announced today by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).

The winners were unveiled Tuesday night during a ceremony at The Zone Club/Kyle Field on the campus of Texas A&M University, which is where the NCAA Team and Individual Championships are currently being held. Coupe was named as a co-winner of the award, along with Oliver Foreman of Florida State.

This is Coupe's second year at Washington working with head coach Jill Hultquist. The Huskies have made the NCAA Championships in both of his seasons in Seattle, after the women missed out on postseason play the preceding two years. This year the Huskies won 18 matches and reached the NCAA Round of 16 with a huge upset of 7th-ranked USC in the second round.

Coupe was previously named the ITA Northwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year, making him eligible for the national honor. Hultquist was also named Northwest Region Head Coach of the Year. She also was National Assistant Coach of the Year in 2001 for UW when Patty McCain headed the program.

'It's a great honor to win this award considering all of the great coaches out there,' Coupe sad. 'This has been such an exciting season for the team and they really deserve the credit. They have bought into the culture we as coaches have set and they work extremely hard. I thank them for their dedication and I hope we can enjoy many more success together.'

Coupe and Hultquist remain in College Station, Texas this week to coach 19th-ranked sophomore Venise Chan in the NCAA Singles Championships, which get underway tomorrow, May 20.

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