Dielen, Weinacker named SAA Tennis Coaches of the Year, six Panthers earn All-Conference honors

Dielen, Weinacker named SAA Tennis Coaches of the Year, six Panthers earn All-Conference honors

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern Head Tennis Coaches Ann Dielen and Jimmy Weinacker have been voted the Southern Athletic Association Women's and Men's Coaches of the Year, the league office announced today.

Additionally, six Panthers - three men and three women - earned All-Conference honors.

On the women's side, sophomore Carlee Petro was voted First-Team All-Conference, freshman McKenzie Courtney was voted Second Team, and freshman Mary Madison Taylor was voted Honorable Mention All-SAA.

For the men, junior Alex Makarenko and sophomore Jacob Weinacker were voted to the First Team, and senior Patrick Hire was voted Second-Team All-Conference.

No stranger to the tennis courts, Dielen captured her first SAA Coach of the Year in 2016. Though in her 39 years of leading the Panthers, she's no stranger to winning awards either. She led the Panthers to a 15-5 overall record and a 6-1 mark in SAA contests this season as 'Southern was topped by Sewanee in the 2016 SAA Championship match. A past president of the National Tennis Association, Dielen is a seven-time NAIA District Coach of the Year award winner. In 1992, she was selected as the ITA Women's Tennis Coach of the Year. Dielen is also an inductee in the Alabama Tennis Hall of Fame and was a 1997 recipient of the USTA Community Service Award.

In his first full season at the helm of the Panther program, Weinacker guided the Panthers to a share of their first SAA Men's Tennis Regular Season title in 2016. He led Birmingham-Southern to a 16-6 overall record that included a 6-1 mark in conference play. Prior to joining the Panther staff, Weinacker was the Director of Tennis at Pine Tree Country Club in Birmingham, Ala., since 2006. He was inducted into the Alabama Tennis Hall of Fame in 2010.