HRYNASHKA EARNS FIFTH BIG SKY WOMEN’S TENNIS COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State's Dima Hrynashka was named the Big Sky Conference women's tennis coach of the year for the fifth time in the last six years (2008-11, 2013), the league announced on Friday.
In his seventh season as the Hornets' head coach, the five-time Big Sky Coach of the Year has led the Hornets to a 125-58 overall record, a 57-0 league record, seven NCAA Tournament appearances, seven Big Sky Tournament championships and seven Big Sky regular season titles.
In addition, his players have accumulated 32 Big Sky all-conference awards, including seven MVPs and 22 first team selections during his tenure.
Senior Rebeca Delgado earned Big Sky MVP honors this season, and she was joined on the league's first team by freshmen Jennifer Nguyen and Olivia Boija. Junior Katharina Knoebl was named honorable mention.
Last weekend, the Hornets defeated Southern Utah and Montana in the Big Sky Tournament semifinals and championship matches, respectively. In the process, the program won its 12th straight Big Sky Tournament title and will advance to the NCAA Tournament for the 12th consecutive season. Sacramento State, which finished the regular season with a 13-13 overall record and a 10-0 conference mark, will play at USC in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, May 11.
Hrynashka not only led Sacramento State to a perfect league record, but also helped maintain the Hornets' ridiculous winning streak against Big Sky foes. In a streak which dates back to 2002, the Hornets have won 105 straight matches when facing a Big Sky opponent (regular season and tournament matches included).
Hrynashka began his coaching career in 1998, where he tutored youth players for three years at the Olympic Center of Belarus. In 2003, he moved on to coaching the 14-under girls and boys national team of Belarus. His time with the national youth teams was highlighted by his girls 14-under team winning the 2003 world championship.
As a player, Hrynashka was competing for the Belarus national team at 14 years old, and at age 16, was ranked eighth in Russia's junior class.