ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - Steve Barsby, head coach of the men's and women's tennis teams at Georgia College & State University, was named Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Men's Coach of the Year at an awards banquet for the NCAA Finals Tuesday night.
Now in his ninth season at the helm of the Bobcats, Barsby has guided the team to an 18-3 mark this year, earning the first Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championship in program history. He was named PBC Coach of the Year as well for his efforts, which included a 5-4 thrilling victory over defending National Champion and then-No. 1 Armstrong Atlantic State University Feb. 24.
The 18 victories by the Bobcats this season ties the 2005 squad for second-most in program history. The three losses are the fewest since the 1987 squad went 12-2.
Barsby is just the second National Coach of the Year for Georgia College in any sport, as GCSU Athletics Hall of Famer Duward Whelchel earned the honor in men's tennis in 1995.
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