March 11, 2008

Marty Coyne honored by USTA Middle States

VALLEY FORGE, Pa.-- More than 200 people gathered at the Green Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill, Pa., yesterday [March 9, 2008] to honor the section's best at the 2008 USTA Middle States Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon. Twenty-one awards were handed out to individuals and organizations that made significant contributions to the Middle States section and to the sport of tennis in 2007. In addition, awards were distributed to adult and junior competitors who garnered the year-end No. 1 ranking in their respective age divisions. Also honored were eight junior sportsmanship award winners.

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Marty Coyne

Among the honorees was Bloomsburg University tennis coach Marty Coyne. Although, Coyne was not in attendance, his vast accomplishments in 2007 were recognized.

Entering his 15th season as head coach of the men's tennis team, and 14th season at the helm of the women's squad, Coyne was awarded the Edwin J Faulkner College Coach of the Year award. He also received a USTA Middle States Community Service Award in 2007. The award honors a college coach for his or her significant contributions in developing community based tennis programs.

Coyne and his players have been instrumental in promoting the game of tennis in Bloomsburg and its surrounding communities. Notable accomplishments include the formation of the town park tennis program, hosting a Special Olympics training center, creation of the BU Tennis Club and playing host to the annual USTA tournament. The team also volunteers with Meals on Wheels and speaks at College Day programs throughout the state.

In the last 14 seasons, he has led the men's team to 11 appearances in the NCAA Division II Championship. His teams have advanced to the quarterfinal round in 1996, 1997 and 2003. He was a part of the school's 14 consecutive Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) championships (1987-2000) and is a four-time PSAC Men's Coach of the Year. He was named East Region Coach of the Year following the 1995-96 and 2002-03 campaigns, and holds a career record of 176-92 (.667). Before the PSAC changed championship formats, Coyne coached 36 PSAC singles champions and 16 doubles titlists. He holds the distinction of being one of the few individuals to win a PSAC title as both a player and coach.

On the women's side, he led the squad to 12 consecutive trips to the NCAA Division II Championships and seven PSAC crowns, five solo and two shared titles. During his 13 years with the program, he holds an overall record of 210-65 (.764) with 18 PSAC singles and five doubles champions before the change to a team championship format. Coyne was named PSAC Coach of the Year for the sixth time and third straight year following the 2007 season He also won the honor in 1995, 1996, 2004, 2005 and 2006. On a regional level, Coyne was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association ITA Northeast Region Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2006.

As a student-athlete at BU, Coyne was an eight-time conference champion and one of the Huskies' first All-America performers. He was named to the All-America team in 1983. He also won every singles and doubles conference championships he competed for. Coyne finished with a career record of 112-29 (.794), placing him second on BU's all-time winning percentage list.