Sep 4, 2013
Men's tennis coach Ian Duvenhage and men's golf coach Scott Limbaugh were recently named Vanderbilt's 2012-13 Coaches of the Year by Vice Chancellor David Williams.
Duvenhage, who is entering his ninth season at Vanderbilt, completed his most successful year in 2013 by leading the Commodores to an 18-11 record and a trip to the Sweet 16 at the NCAA Championships. It was Vanderbilt's first visit to the Sweet 16 since 2003 when the Commodores made it to the NCAA Championship match.
The men's tennis team also finished the season ranked No. 15 by the ITA - its highest ranking since 2003. Additionally, the 18 wins were the most by a Vanderbilt squad since 2003.
Individually, Duvenhage helped Ryan Lipman earn All-America honors as a junior. Lipman also earned first team All-SEC honors, joining teammate Gonzales Austin. Kris Yee was an SEC All-Freshman selection.
In his first season as head coach of the Commodores, Limbaugh took Vanderbilt's program to heights never experienced before. The Commodores won three tournaments in Limbaugh's first season - the most in school history - and also led the team to its first NCAA Regional appearance in three seasons. Vanderbilt finished the season ranked No. 36 in the Golf World/Nike Coaches' Poll and cracked the top 20 at one point during the season.
Until the 2012-13 season, Vanderbilt's previous tournament title came in 2009. Vanderbilt's 2012-13 titles came at the ASU Fall Beach Classic, Jim West Intercollegiate and Mason Rudolph Championship.
The title at the Mason was the team's first championship at its home event since 2002.
Individually, Hunter Stewart was named to the PING All-Southeast Region Team as a sophomore after leading the Commodores with a 72.97 scoring average.