AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College men's tennis head coach Todd Doebler has been named the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Coach of the Year for the first time in his five seasons at the helm of the program.
To cap off the week, Wei earned a bid to the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Individual Singles championship, which will take place May 24-26 at Stowe Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Wei and Fung were selected as the third alternates for the doubles competition and will enter the bracket if three teams withdraw.
The number one singles player for the majority of matches this year, Wei has tested himself against the best players in the country. He collected nine singles wins in dual matches this year, eight of them at the #1 spot in the lineup, including victories at first singles against nationally ranked Carnegie Mellon, Claremont Mudd-Scripps, Swarthmore, Bowdoin, Williams and Middlebury.
A national semifinalist in last year's NCAA Division III singles tournament, Wei won 17 individual matches this year, including tournament play. He was a semifinalist this past fall at both the ITA New England Regionals and the Wallach Invitational.
Wei, ranked as the #6 singles player in the Northeast, defeated Grant Urken, the defending NCAA singles champion and current number one player in the region, during a five-point come from behind win over Bowdoin on April 14th. He also knocked off 22nd ranked Arturo Kam of Williams and #13 Noah Farrell of Middlebury in wins for the Mammoths.
The tandem of Fung and Wei check in as the #8 doubles team in the Northeast with a record of 7-3 at first doubles. The pair first played together and won 8-5 against Claremont Mudd-Scripps, as the Mammoths handed the Stags their only loss of the season.
The duo would go on to record three straight doubles wins, and then closed out the season winning four of their last five matches. During that stretch, they defeated the #2 tandem of Grant Urken and Yangeng Jiang from Bowdoin College, as well as picking up two victories over Lubomir Cuba and Peter Martin of Middlebury, one of them Amherst's only point in a 5-1 defeat to the Panthers in the NESCAC championship match.
In five seasons with the Mammoths, Doebler has coached his teams to an overall record of 87-32, a .731 winning percentage.
Under Doebler's watch, the 2019 Mammoths have compiled a 16-4 record. They went 7-1 against NESCAC opponents, earning the top seed in the conference tournament, and defeated Bowdoin for the second time this year in the NESCAC semifinals to reach the title game for the first time since 2014.
In his first season, he led the Mammoths to the NCAA quarterfinals and the first of two NESCAC semifinals appearances. The Mammoths have reached the NCAA tournament four of his five years, including trips to the Regional Finals each of the last two seasons.
Doebler becomes the third Amherst College coach to be named NESCAC Coach of the Year, following Chris Garner, who won the honor in 2009 and 2011, and Rick Edelmann (2007).
The Mammoths will play tomorrow at 12:00 PM in the NCAA Second Round against the winner of today's matchup between Wilkes and Nichols.