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For Immediate Release: August 5, 2010
Contact: David O'Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Mike Stevens named head women's tennis coach at Cornell
In seven seasons at BU, he was the America East Coach of the Year four times

VESTAL, N.Y.-- Head women's tennis coach Mike Stevens, who has been at the helm of the Binghamton program since 2003, has accepted the head coaching position at Cornell. He departs the Bearcats after a stellar seven-year run which saw much success both on and off the court.

Under Stevens' guidance, Binghamton went 91-39 in dual matches and advanced to the America East finals five times (2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010). He was named the America East Coach of the Year four times (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010) and coached the 2005 and 2007 America East Player of the Year as well as the 2006 and 2008 America East Rookie of the Year.

"I want to thank Binghamton, and especially thank (current Interim Athletic Director) Jim Norris for all of the support over the past seven years," Stevens said. "It was an honor to coach all of the student-athletes and I wish Binghamton all the best in the future."

This past season, Binghamton was ranked as high as No. 68 in the ITA National Poll during the 2009-10 season and finished the year ranked No. 9 in the ITA Northeast Region. The Bearcats also had their first-ever Division I nationally-ranked singles and doubles players during the year.

In terms of classroom success, Stevens coached the 2006 America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year. In addition, the 2008-09 team attained a combined GPA of 3.47 during that spring semester. Furthermore, Binghamton has attained at least a 3.0 in nine of the last 10 semesters.

“We are very appreciative of the job Mike Stevens did for us during his tenure at Binghamton," Norris said. "Mike maximized his resources, built a highly competitive program that always represented us in stellar fashion and had a positive and lasting impression on the young people he coached. We wish Mike the best in his new position.”

A national search will begin immediately for Stevens' successor.

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