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Carless Chosen as Wilson/ITA Southwest Region Coach of the Year

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly men's tennis head coach Nick Carless was announced as the Wilson/ITA Southwest Region Coach of the Year on Tuesday morning.

Coaches from 12 total regions around the country were chosen. Conferences throughout southern California, including the Pac-12, Mountain West and WCC, were represented in the southwest distinction; geographically, the next-closest coach to be recognized was Oregon's Nils Schyllander, who claimed the Northwest accolade.

The honor comes two weeks after Carless was also selected as the Big West Conference Coach of the Year.

He recently finished his third season with the program by leading the Mustangs to their second NCAA Tournament appearance on a full team basis during his tenure.

Cal Poly lost 4-0 at sixth-seeded UCLA in the first round Saturday, but the Mustangs had third-set leads at Nos. 1 and 2 singles (pictured at right) versus the two top-ranked players in the nation at the time of stoppage.

Cal Poly went on a midseason spree during which it won 11 of 16 matches, culminating in winning the Big West Tournament championship, 4-1 against top-seeded Hawai'i in the final at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on April 27.

The Mustangs saw Ben Donovan earn the Big West Freshman of the Year award, and had two seniors, Marco Comuzzo and Jurgen De Jager, each finish their careers ranked among the top 10 in school history at the Division I level for total singles winning percentage during dual matches.