Minnesota seniors Felix Corwin and Matic Spec and assistant coach Urban Ljubic received ITA Central Region Postseason Awards on Monday.
The Minnesota men's tennis team went 21-8 and won a Big Ten title in 2014-15
Geoff Young, Urban Ljubic, Leandro Toledo and Matic Spec each earned 2015 ITA Division I Central Region awards
Ljubic among 12 candidates for National honor
Men's and women's teams head out to the fairgrounds tomorrow
Urban Ljubic has coached the Gophers nine seasons after rejoining in the 2014-15 season after taking a year away.
In addition to actively coaching during practice and matches, Ljubic is primarily in charge of recruiting for Minnesota.
Ljubic helped coach the team to one of its best seasons in 2014-15 when they finished No. 21 in the nation, were undefeated at home and went 10-1 in the Big Ten to win a share of the conference title. Ljubic also won the ITA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year award for his second straight time. Off the court the team was strong as well with all seven players earning Academic All-Big Ten honors along with winning the Outsstanding Academic Team Award and the Men's Team Community Service Award at the Golden Goldy Awards.
Ljubic was highly responsible for the success the team saw during the 2012-13 season. After the team struggled at the beginning of the year, Ljubic helped lift the squad back to a 15-11 overall finish. The Golden Gophers banded together to go on a 9-1 run to close out the regular season in second place, Minnesota's highest placement since 2000, among the heavy hitters of the Big Ten Conference and earn its fifth-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Men's Tennis Championship. For his efforts, Ljubic was recognized by his peers and named the ITA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
A native of Ljubljana, Slovenia, Ljubic came to Minnesota after spending two seasons as an assistant coach under Minnesota head coach Geoff Young at the University of Denver. He has helped the Gophers advance to the second round of the NCAA three times and has seen the team make seven trips--including five straight--to the NCAA tournament in his eight seasons at Minnesota.
Ljubic joined the Denver staff after a stellar three-year playing career for the Pioneers. Ljubic played No. 1 singles for most of his career and earned first-team all-Sun Belt Conference honors in 2002-03 after leading the Pioneers to a 16-10 overall record. Ljubic compiled a 43-34 career singles record despite battling injuries much of his senior season. His 43 career wins rank near the top all-time at Denver.
Ljubic, who was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2009-10 season, has a bachelor's degree in international business (Denver, 2004) and also graduated with an MBA from the Daniels College of Business at Denver in June 2005. He received his master's degree in Human Resources Industrial Relations from Minnesota's Carlson School of Management in 2011.
Ljubic transferred to the University of Denver from Lees-McRae College, an NCAA Division II school in North Carolina. He achieved a top-five ranking as a junior tennis player in his home country of Slovenia. Ljubic resides in Minneapolis.
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5/30/2018 - M. Tennis
A total of 161 student-athletes were honored by the Big Ten Conference on the Academic All-Big Ten Team.
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Felix Corwin saw an unforgettable season come to a close in the second round of the NCAA Singles Tournament on Wednesday at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.
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