June 3, 2005

Harris, Shaine, and Shamasdin Pick up ITA Northeast Regional Honors

June 3, 2005

PROVIDENCE, RI - Senior co-captain Adil Shamasdin (Pickering, ONT) has been honored with the ITA Northeast Regional Nomination for the John Van Nostrand Award, given to the outstanding senior men's player who plans to pursuer a professional career after college. In addition, the Brown coaching staff swept the Northeast Regional Awards, with head coach Jay Harris earning ITA Northeast Regional Head Coach of the Year honors, and assistant coach Matt Shaine earning ITA Northeast Regional Assistant Coach of the Year honors. For Shaine, this marks the second time in the past three years that he has earned ITA Northeast Regional Assistant Coach of the Year honors.

Shamasdin helped lead Brown to its second Ivy League Championship in the past four years as well as the Bears' third NCAA Team Championship berth in the same four years. An NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship qualifier as well, Shamasdin finished his Brown career with 216 combined (singles and doubles) wins, while becoming Brown's all-time combined wins leader. A First Team All-Ivy selection in singles, Shamasdin became the first Brown player to win an NCAA singles match, defeating 12th-ranked Doug Stewart, of Virginia, in opening round action. In doubles action, Shamasdin and his partner Philip Charm '06 (Concord, MA) advanced to the NCAA Doubles quarterfinals, before getting eliminated by tournament runners-up, Mark Growcott and Ken Skupski, of LSU. With the NCAA Team, Singles, and Doubles berths, it marks the first time in Brown history that the Bears have been represented in all three NCAA Tournaments.

In their third season together on the Brown coaching staff, Harris and Shaine helped to lead Brown to a 23-5 record, being ranked as high as 33rd nationally, which ties the highest ranking ever by a Brown tennis team. In addition, the 23 wins this season was the most ever in a single season for a Brown team. He coached the team to its second Ivy Title in four years, the first in the Harris era, while posting a perfect 7-0 League record.

"A sweep of the Coach of the Year awards is reflective of the collective team effort this season," said Harris. "These awards are TEAM awards and no team is more deserving than our team this year. With all of the obstacles faced throughout the year, we all had to perform at levels well above what was expected of us, to achieve what we did. This group just continued to grow and grow throughout the year until we captured the Ivy Championship and an NCAA Tournament berth, and an NCAA Doubles Tournament performance where we advanced all the way to the quarterfinals."