DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke men's tennis team earned three ITA Carolina Regional honors on Thursday as head coach Ramsey Smith was named Coach of the Year, Josh Goffi was tabbed Assistant Coach of the Year and freshman Henrique Cunha received Rookie of the Year.
Smith is the second head coach at Duke to earn ITA Regional Coach of the Year as he collects the honor in just his second season at the helm of his alma mater. He joins Jay Lapidus, who won the award five times from 1995-2006. This season Smith has led the Blue Devils to an 18-8 record and second place finish in the ACC regular season standings. The Blue Devils made the championship match of the ACC Tournament for the first time since 2006.
Goffi joins Dave Hagymas as the only two Duke assistant coaches to ever receive the Regional Assistant Coach of the Year. Hagymas was awarded the honor in 1997 as an assistant under Lapidus. Goffi helped bring in the nation's No. 1 recruiting class for next season after the program notched his highest win total in four years.
Cunha added to his ACC Player and Freshman of the Year honors with the Carolina Regional Rookie of the Year. The only other Duke player to receive the award was Phillip King in 2001. Cunha has won 18 straight singles matches to climb to No. 2 in the ITA singles rankings. He is 33-5 overall and will be the No. 1 seed in both the NCAA singles and doubles championships. Along with Reid Carleton, the duo is ranked No. 1 in the nation with a school record 37 doubles wins.
All regional award winners are eligible for the national awards which will be announced May 25 on the final day of the NCAA Team Championships in Athens, Ga.