Immediate Release: May 13, 2010
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton men's tennis coach Adam Cohen has been selected as the ITA Northeast Region Coach of the Year, the association announced Wednesday. Cohen, already the America East Coach of the Year, was chosen in a vote of the ITA regional committee. The committee also selected senior captain Moshe Levy for the ITA/Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award. The Northeast region is comprised of 39 teams spanning 11 different conferences.
Cohen, in his fourth season with the Bearcats, produced an historic season that could be considered the finest in school history in any sport. His team will carry a 25-1 record and national ranking of No. 47 into the NCAA Championship on Saturday. The Bearcats, making the program's third straight NCAA appearance and sixth in the last eight years, have the No. 3 seed at the Kentucky Regional and will face second-seeded and 24th-ranked ACC member Georgia Tech (17-7) in an opening-round NCAA match at 10 a.m. on Saturday in Lexington.
Binghamton won its third straight America East Championship and set program records for wins in a season (25), consecutive wins (20), win percentage (.962), highest national ranking (No. 43 on April 13) and highest regional ranking (No. 3 in Northeast).
Cohen pushed BU to the top of a region dominated by Ivy League schools for decades. Binghamton went 7-1 against Ivy League members with the lone loss being a narrow 4-3 setback to fellow NCAA entry and No. 45 Columbia in a match that two Bearcats had to retire with injuries before completion.
Senior captain and No. 2 Moshe Levy earned the Rafael Osuna Award, which goes to a player who displays sportsmanship, character, excellent academics, and has had outstanding tennis accomplishments. Levy, who received the prestigious Jake Pitler Award for career contributions from the University, was the Most Outstanding Performer at the 2010 America East Championship. He is a three-time singles and doubles all-conference selection and helped BU advance to the NCAA Championship in three of his four years. Levy is also an America East Scholar-Athlete known for his achievement and integrity.
Cohen and Levy are the first BU winners of ITA awards since the program transitioned to Division I in 2002.
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