WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW’s Matt DuBois has been tabbed the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Carolina Region Coach-of-the-Year after leading the Seahawks to their second Colonial Athletic Association championship in three years.

The 39th-ranked Seahawks closed out the year with a 21-5 record and lost to No. 23 Auburn, 4-1, in last week’s NCAA Regionals in Athens, Ga.

DuBois is one of 12 regional winners who will be placed on the national ballot. The Carolina Region includes every NCAA Division I program in North and South Carolina.

“I’m very honored and humbled to be selected for this award from the ITA,” said DuBois. “There are so many great programs and coaches I respect in this region that it really means a lot to me.”

It marks the second time DuBois has been honored by the ITA. He was named the Mideast Region Coach-of-the-Year in 2009 before the regions were reconfigured by the sport’s governing body.

“I’m very fortunate to have great people around me, especially our assistant coach Taylor Vaughn, our players, an excellent support staff, a committed fan base and an extremely supportive administration.

“To have a year like we did this year requires help from a lot of people and I’m very appreciative to everyone who has helped this program.”

Under DuBois, the Seahawks set a school record with 21 victories and achieved their highest ITA ranking by climbing to No. 38 on April 26, 2011.