Posted by Matt Sullivan on 1999-05-04

Samford University tennis coach Pat Breen was named the Trans America Athletic Conference Women's Coach-of-the-Year, in voting done by the conference head coaches and released by the conference office on Tuesday.

    Breen, who earned TAAC Women's Coach-of-the-Year honors in 1993, plus two men's Coach-of-the-Year awards, guided the Samford women to a 12-9 record and a second-place finish in the TAAC Tournament last month in DeLand, Fla.

    Samford placed Robert Sproul, a former Briarwood Christian standout, and Bernie Staub on the honorable mention men's team, while senior Danielle Dodds earned a spot on the honorable mention women's team.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.