This release is courtesy of MIT Sports Information.
TEMPE, Ariz. (May 24) -- MIT women's tennis head coach Carol Matsuzaki has been named as the Wilson ITA Division III National Coach of the Year, as announced by the ITA Office this week. This is the first time that Matsuzaki has earned national Coach of the Year honors.
Named as the ITA Northeast Regional Coach of the Year for the second time, Matsuzaki guided the Engineers to the program's second Elite Eight and a school-record 20 wins in 2017-18. The NEWMAC Coach of the Year for the ninth time in her career, Matsuzaki coached the team to nine wins over nationally-ranked teams, an undefeated NEWMAC regular-season mark for the sixth straight season and the team's ninth NEWMAC Tournament title.
"I'm just really honored and humbled, it's an award where peers nominate you so I'm just really humbled to be named as the recipient of this award," said Matsuzaki. "I'm just really thankful to have such great peers around me to work with and to learn from."
In addition to the team's performance on the court, Matsuzaki's teams are constantly focused on the best in sportsmanship at each match and respecting their opponents. She is also excellent in developing each person with their respective role on the team and has a way of keeping her players calm under pressure.