Western Herald – WMU men’s tennis coach Dave Morin and player Ross Vanderploeg receive honors
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WMU men’s tennis coach Dave Morin and player Ross Vanderploeg receive honors

Megan Wenzl
News Reporter

Senior Ross VanderPloeg was awarded the Mid-American Conference player of the week award for Feb. 20after helping the Broncos win a doubleheader on Friday,. From Holland, Mich, Earlier this season VanderPloeg was also honored as the MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week.

Coach Morin (L), VanderPloeg (R). Photos Courtesy of WMU Athletics.

According to WMUBroncos.com, VanderPloeg is a health services major from West Ottawa High School in Holland, Mich. He began college at Northern Illinois University, then transferred to WMU in 2009, but did not begin playing tennis until 2010.

VanderPloeg has earned a number of awards including Academic All-MAC, Second Team All-MAC, and the Hap Sorenson Coaches’ Award. He was also voted Single Player of the Year and member of Doubles Team of the Year by his teammates during the 2011-2012 season.

Junior Nadin Indre from Satu Mare, Romania was awarded the same award earlier this year, making VanderPloeg the second WMU tennis player to win the MAC player of the week award this season.

It’s no wonder that Coach Dave Morin was also honored this week.

In Troy, Mich. the United States Professional Tennis Association awarded Head Coach Morin the 2012 College Coach of the Year at the USPTA Midwest Division Conference award Luncheon, according to a press release.

In his 16 years coaching tennis at WMU, Coach Morin has been awarded Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year nine times. During his coaching career at WMU, Morin has taken the tennis team to seven regular season MAC championships and nine MAC tournament championships, according to WMUBroncos.com.

Prior to coaching tennis at WMU, Morin coached tennis at rival MAC school, Bowling Green University for five seasons. He is the only coach to win the MAC Coach of the Year award at two different schools.

Leading the Broncos to 16 MAC championships and nine NCAA tournament appearances, Coach Morin shows exemplary commitment to WMU’s men’s tennis team.

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