May 18, 2012
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University Head Coach Lisa Hart has been named the 2012 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Northwest Region Coach of the Year, it was announced recently.
The honor is the first of Hart's career and adds to a stellar season in which she was named the Pac-12 Conference Coach of the Year while guiding the Cougars to the 2012 NCAA Women's Tennis Championship. Hart is the second Cougar coach to be recognized for the award, joining Cari Groce, who received the honor in 2002.
`It is always nice to be recognized by your peers," said Hart. `As with all the accolades Cougar tennis has received this year, it's a reflection on the commitment and determination of our players as well as assistant coach Eka Burduli."
Hart, in her ninth year in Pullman, led the Cougars to a 19-7 record in 2012 and a second-round showing at the NCAA Women's Tennis Championship. This season Cougar tennis has recorded many highlights, including wins over six nationally-ranked teams, a first-round victory over No. 36 Florida State at the NCAA Championship, a weekend sweep over No. 26 Arizona and No. 27 Arizona State, the first time that has occurred in school history and the first win over Arizona State in 19 matches. The Cougars also posted six conference victories, more than any previous WSU team, and finished fifth in the Pac-12 Conference.
Hart will accompany Cougar junior Liudmila Vasilieva to the NCAA Singles Championship next week in Athens, Ga., where Vasilieva is one of 64 players named to the women's field.