Bowdoin's Conor Smith Named ITA Division III Men's Tennis Coach of the Year

Bowdoin's Conor Smith Named ITA Division III Men's Tennis Coach of the Year

Courtesy Bowdoin Sports Information

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin head men's tennis coach Conor Smith has been named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division III Men's Tennis Coach of the Year in awards handed out earlier this week.

Named as the NESCAC Coach of the Year earlier this spring, Smith took the Bowdoin men's tennis program to another level in 2016. He guided the Polar Bears to a perfect 5-0 mark in the championship, including a pair of come-from-behind wins in the quarterfinals and semifinals en route to the program's first national title. The Polar Bears ended the year with a school-record 20 wins against just three losses.

He is the ninth Bowdoin coach to earn a National Coach of the Year Award, joining Nicky Pearson (field hockey, 2007, '08, '10, '13), Sidney Watson (men's ice hockey, 1971, '78), Terry Meagher (men's ice hockey 1986, '89), John Cullen (women's soccer, 1992), Michele Amidon (women's ice hockey, 2003) and Stefanie Pemper (women's basketball, 2004).