GREENSBORO, N.C. - North Carolina’s Sam Paul has been named the 2014 ACC Coach of the Year after leading the Tar Heels to a 24-5 overall record and a current ITA ranking of 7th in the country. Paul joins Virginia’s Brian Boland, former Clemson coach Chuck Kriese and former Duke coach Jay Lapidus as the only coaches to earn the distinction six times since the award’s inception in 1980.
Conference awards were announced Thursday by the league office in Greensboro. UNC freshman Brayden Schnur of Pickering, Ontario earned accolades as the league's freshman of the year for the 2013-14 campaign. Schnur, who enrolled at Carolina in January, was Carolina's #1 singles and #1 doubles player all year. He has earned individual NCAA invitations in both singles and doubles (with Brett Clark). He is 16-4 in singles play this spring and 18-5 in doubles overall.
Freshman Ronnie Schneider (Bloomington, Ind.) was also named first-team All-ACC and sophomore Brett Clark (Naples, Fla.) was accorded honors on the second-team All-ACC squads. Both Schneider and Clark have won over 30 singles matches during the 2013-14 season. Clark is 35-11 in singles action and Schneider is 31-7. Clark and Schneider have won 26 and 24 matches, overall, in doubles play.
Paul’s team is one victory away in next week’s NCAA Tournament from tying the school record (25 set in 1992, 2006) for most wins in a season. North Carolina advanced to the finals of the ACC Tournament for the first time since 2007. The Tar Heels defeated five top 20 teams, including #9 Texas, while also recording five road wins over top 50 teams.
“To a large degree, this award is a reflection of the hard work and dedication by my associate herad coach, Tripp Phillips and my student-athletes. Their commitment to success on and off the court are something I am extremely proud of," Coach Sam Paul said.
Individual honors, as well as the All-ACC teams, were determined by a vote of the league's 12 head coaches.
Virginia's Alex Domijan, a native of Wesley Chapel, Fla., is the fourth Cavalier student-athlete to be named ACC Player of the Year, joining Brian Vahaly (2000, 2001), Somdev Devvarman (2008) and Jarmere Jenkins (2012).
North Carolina's Schnur joins the likes of Paul Harsanyi (1994), Bjorn Rencken (1999) and Chris Kearney (2007) as Tar Heel student-athletes that have captured Freshman of the Year honors.
Paul moved into a tie for first all-time for most ACC Men's Tennis Coach of the Year honors with Chuck Kriese (Clemson), Jay Lapidus (Duke) and Brian Boland (Virginia).
Eleven ACC institutions had representatives on the All-ACC team, led by five honorees from Virginia. Duke had four representatives, while North Carolina, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest each had three members. Clemson, Florida State and NC State had two honorees apiece, while Georgia Tech and Miami rounded out the field with one representative each.
Individual Award Winners
Player of the Year - Alex Domijan, Virginia
Freshman of the Year - Brayden Schnur, North Carolina
Coach of the Year - Sam Paul, North Carolina
All-ACC First Team
Mitchell Frank # Jr. Virginia
Greg Andrews Sr. Notre Dame
Alex Domijan % Sr. Virginia
Brayden Schnur Fr. North Carolina
Amerigo Contini @ So. Virginia Tech
Jason Tahir Jr. Duke
Ronnie Schneider Fr. North Carolina
Romain Bogaerts* So. Wake Forest
Hunter Harrington*@ Jr. Clemson
Fred Saba*@ Sr. Duke
All-ACC Second Team
Dominique Maden Sr. Clemson
Ryan Shane So. Virginia
Austin Powell @ Jr. NC State
Dominic Cotrone @ Jr. Florida State
Brett Clark So. North Carolina
Omar Aly Sr. Miami
Andreas Bjerrehus @ So. Virginia Tech
Nathan Rakitt So. Georgia Tech
Robbie Mudge @ Jr. NC State
All-ACC Third Team
Quentin Monaghan So. Notre Dame
Mac Styslinger @ So. Virginia
Adam Lee @ Sr. Wake Forest
Bruno Semenzato So. Duke
Joao Monteiro So. Virginia Tech
Raphael Hemmeler Jr. Duke
Thai-Son Kwiatkowski Fr. Virginia
Cristian Gonzalez Mendez Jr. Florida State
Maksim Kan* Fr. Wake Forest
Ryan Bandy* Sr. Notre Dame
* - Denotes a tie in voting
@ - Two-time selection
# - Three-time selection
% - Four-time selection