Aug. 8, 2012
Former Minnesota tennis player Dave Morin was named to the Western Michigan University Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2012. Morin, who played for the Gophers from 1979 to 1982, joined the Broncos as head coach in 1996 and has since led the program to much success. With the honor, he becomes only the third active coach to ever be inducted into the WMU Hall of Fame.
Morin has collected 276 wins at the helm of the Bronco program, garnering eight mid-American Conference Coach of the Year awards. He has coached his teams to seven regular season MAC Championships, nine MAC tournament titles, and nine NCAA tournament appearances.
Individually, Morin has guided at total of 28 players to all-conference accolades. He has also helped four individuals earn the MAC Rookie of the Year awards and one individual claim the ITA Region IV Freshman of the Year honor. Under his direction, Western Michigan has boasted the MAC Tennis Player of the Year six times, including that of the past two seasons. In 10 of the past 11 seasons, WMU has been named an intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Team.
Morin's success with the Broncos mirrors the success in his collegiate career at the University of Minnesota. As a Gopher, Morin amassed a list of impressive accomplishments. During his junior season, he defeated the former No. 1 doubles team in the world (Ken Flach and Robert Seguso) as a member of the 1981 National Amateur Championship team. Morin worked his way to become the 1982 Big Ten singles champion from the No. 6 position. He also helped the Gopher squad to a Big Ten Championship finish that same year. He was also voted team captain as a senior. In 1983, Morin received Minnesota's prestigious Louis Ratner Memorial award, given to the player who has made an outstanding contribution to Golden Gopher Tennis.
Morin will begin his 17th year at Western Michigan University this fall. He, along with the rest of the 2012 Hall of Fame Class, will be honored at the induction ceremony to be held Friday, Oct. 26.