Billy Martin Named Pac-12 Co-Coach of the Year

May 11, 2012

Walnut Creek, Calif. - UCLA head men's tennis coach Billy Martin was named co-coach of the year in the Pac-12 on Friday, as the conference announced its year-end awards. The Bruins also had four players earn all-league honors led by first-team selection Nick Meister.

Martin, who is in his 19th season at the helm of the UCLA men's tennis program, led the Bruins to a perfect 7-0 record in Pac-12 play this season. The highlight of the year came on April 20 at USC, as the Bruins posted a 4-3 victory over their cross-town rivals to win the Pac-12 regular season title. The win also ended the top-ranked Trojans' 45-match winning streak. UCLA also reached the Pac-12 Tournament final, falling to USC, 4-2. The Bruins head into this week's NCAA Tournament with a 22-3 overall record. Martin shares the honor with USC head coach Peter Smith. It marks Martin's second coach of the year honor, as he was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 1996.

Leading the way for the Bruins in the player awards was first-team selection Nick Meister, who was a unanimous selection along with USC's Steve Johnson. The redshirt senior from Trabuco Canyon, Calif. is currently ranked No. 16 in the country in singles. He owns a 19-5 overall singles record and is also 17-4 in dual matches, having played at both the No. 1 and 2 singles positions. Meister was an honorable mention selection in 2009 and earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors as a junior in 2010. He did not play in 2011 due to injury.

Clay Thompson and Adrien Puget were both named to the Pac-12 Second Team. Thompson, a sophomore from Venice Beach, Calif., is currently ranked No. 62 nationally in singes, owning a 24-11 overall record (14-7 in dual matches). Puget, a sophomore from Le Haillan, France, is UCLA's second highest ranked player at No. 46. He has lost just once in dual-match play this year (20-1) and is 23-2 overall. He is also ranked No. 44 in doubles with teammate Alex Brigham.

Rounding out UCLA's all-conference selections is freshman Marcos Giron, who earned honorable mention acclaim. Giron, from nearby Thousand, Oaks, Calif., is 24-7 overall in singles this year and is 17-5 in dual matches, playing mostly at the No. 4 spot.


First Team
Steve Johnson, Sr., USC*
Nick Meister, RS Sr., UCLA*
Bradley Klahn, Sr., STAN
Kyle McMorrow, Jr., WASH
Ray Sarmiento, So., USC
Daniel Nguyen, Sr., USC

*Unanimous selection

Second Team
Clay Thompson, So., UCLA
Ben McLachlan, So., CAL
Ryan Thacher, Sr., STAN
Nick Andrews, Sr., CAL
Adrien Puget, So., UCLA
Yannick Hanfmann, Fr., USC
Slim Hamza, Fr., UTAH

Honorable Mention
Emilio Gomez, So., USC
Marcos Giron, Fr., UCLA
Carlos Cueto, Sr., CAL
Robin Cambier, So., ORE
Dmytro Mamedov, Jr., UTAH


PAC-12 DOUBLES TEAM OF THE YEAR Steve Johnson/Roberto Quiroz, USC


PAC-12 CO-COACH OF THE YEAR Billy Martin, UCLA / Peter Smith, USC

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