Army West Point Head Men's Tennis coach Jim Poling was honored as one of the 2020 recipients of the Mike Krzyzewski Award for Excellence in Teaching Character Through Sport yesterday afternoon. The award is presented each year to coaches and cadets who have shown outstanding commitment to the development of noble character through athletic participation and leadership. The 1969 United States Military Academy (USMA) graduate takes time each spring to recognize awardees with a certificate and medal for their dedication to the advancement of the West Point community. This year, the awards were presented in a virtual setting with Coach K, USMA and ODIA staff, cadets and more.
"First, I would like to congratulate Coach Poling on receiving this prestigious award," said Mike Buddie, Director of Athletics, Army West Point. "Building honorable leaders is something we pride ourselves in here at the academy and Coach Poling has done an outstanding job guiding our athletes toward his mission. His commitment to the advancement of the Army West Point athletics community and his dedication to the development of our cadet athletes is beyond appreciated by our staff. I look forward to seeing the continued impact that Coach Poling has on the cadets here at West Point."
Poling will enter his 19th season at the helm of the Army West Point men's tennis program. He has dedicated his life to coaching over the last 34 years and with the Black Knights 9-6 record this season, surpassed his 500 career-wins mark, amassing a 506-346 record. Read more.