Love for Diaz


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Georgia head men’s tennis coach Manuel Diaz was named USOC National Coach of the Year for Tennis. Diaz was honored as part of the ceremonies at the U.S. Open tennis championship in September. Each year, Olympic and Pan American sport organizations select their nominations for the National, Developmental, Volunteer and/or Paralympic Coaches of the Year. The program seeks to elevate the status of coaching as a profession and recognize the best coaches in the United States. Coaches are judged based on coaching performance, the ethics and character of the coach, the attitude of athletes, service to the sport, and volunteer work within the sport. The 2009-10 season will mark the 22nd year for Diaz as Georgia’s head coach. He has led the Bulldogs to four NCAA Championships including their second consecutive title in 2008. Georgia has reached the NCAA final 11 times under Diaz, and he owns a career winning percentage of .830 (488-100).