SKILLMAN, N.J. – The Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team continues to earn accolades in recognition of its banner season of 2012-13. On Tuesday, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced fifth-year Head Coach Todd Wojtkowski as the Wilson/ITA Central Region Men's Coach of the Year and freshman Christopher Krimbill (Scottsdale, Ariz./Shadow Mountain) as the region's Rookie of the Year.
Wojtkowski has led a remarkable turnaround for the program that culminated in the first NCAA Championship Tournament berth in team history this past weekend. Throughout the course of the year, the No. 14 nationally-ranked Spartans (22-7) established a school record for wins and reached as high as No. 7 in the ITA national rankings as well as No. 2 in the ITA Central Region – both program bests.
The team also landed a program-record six players on the All-University Athletic Association Team and produced an NCAA Championship-qualifying doubles team for the second-straight season.
The Spartans won their NCAA Tournament debut on Saturday, May 11 by a score of 5-0 then went down to the wire in an epic match with No. 2 Kenyon College in the Central Region Championship on Sunday.
Wojtkowski has led the Spartan men to a combined record of 49-23 over the past three seasons with back-to-back third-place finishes at the prestigious UAA Championship Tournament and back-to-back UAA Rookies of the Year.
Krimbill, this year's UAA Rookie of the Year, finished his freshman campaign with a team best-tying 25-10 record with 15 of his matches at first singles. The first-year Spartan also finished 31-8 in doubles with the No. 11 singles and No. 8 doubles ranking in the ITA Central Region.
Although the team portion of the season has come to an end, the No. 1 doubles tandem of senior Nicolas Howe (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) and junior John Healey (Columbia, Md./Atholton) will represent the program at the NCAA Doubles Championship on May 23-25 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.