Head Coach Larry Mason
Larry "Mace" Mason, a 1973 graduate of Morningside and one of the most successful players in the history of the college's tennis program, has been the head coach of the Morningside men's and women's teams since the 2008 season.
He was the Mustangs' assistant coach during the 2007 campaign.
Mason led the Mustangs to new heights during the 2011-12 season when both the men's and women's teams reached the championship round of the GPAC's post-season tournament. Mason was named the 2012 GPAC Women's Tennis Coach of the Year after he led the Mustangs to a 14-7 record and a runner-up finish in the GPAC regular season standings.
Mason played No. 1 singles all four years of his Morningside career. He compiled a 32-16 record in singles to set a school record for singled victories. Mason had a 27-18 record in doubles and 59 combined victories to set school records in both categories. He posted singles records of 9-4 as a junior and 9-5 as a senior. Mason and Russ McComsey teamed up for an 11-2 doubles record in 1973 to set a school record for doubles victories in a season.
After his graduation, Mason was the head tennis coach at Morningside for the 1974, 1975, and 1976 seasons.
Mason became head boy's tennis coach at Sioux City North High School in 1977. Over the next 21 years he guided the Stars to a 192-58 record in dual meets. His teams won 19 city championships and nine conference championships. He coached 69 state meet qualifiers and 18 state meet placewinners, including current Mustangs' assistant coach Mike Inman, who became Sioux City's first state singles champion in 1979. In state team competition, Mason guided North to 13 substate berths, four appearances in the state semifinals, and to a state runner-up finish in 1993. He had a 20-8 record in three seasons as North's head girl's tennis coach.
In 1999 he was certified as Professional 1 (the highest certification) by the United States Professional Tennis Association
Mason received the M-Club Coach of the Year award in 1979 and was inducted into the M-Club Hall of Fame in 1983.
He played his high school tennis at Sioux City Central, where his coach was M-Club Hall of Famer Herrold Asmussen.
Assistant Coach Nabil Sorathia
Nabil Sorathia returns to the Mustangs’ coaching staff for the 2012-13 season. He was previously an assistant coach with the Mustangs in 2009 before he served a three-season stint as the head women’s tennis coach at Briar Cliff University.
Sorathia is a 2008 Morningside graduate and one of the top players in the program’s history. He was a four-year starter at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles. Sorathia was a three-time All-GPAC performer in singles and a two-time All-GPAC performer in doubles. He finished his career with a 27-15 record in singles and had a 27-16 record in doubles. His 54 combined victories in singles and doubles is the second highest total in Morningside history. Sorathia had a 7-1 singles record as a junior to set a Morningside record for winning percentage at .875.
He played his high school tennis at Sioux City North, where he was a four-year lettermen at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles. Sorathia finished his high school career with a singles record of 62-19 and twice placed in the top eight at the Class 2A state tournament.
Sorathia is a certified tennis instructor by the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR). He has instructed and coached numerous regionally ranked juniors and high school state champions.
Assistant Coach Mary Horton
Mary Horton joins the Morningside coaching staff following a decorated playing career for the Mustangs that saw her establish school records with 32 career singles victories, 30 career doubles triumphs, and 62 career combined wins. She paired with Shannon Schroeder to post a 15-6 doubles record during the 2011-12 campaign to set a school record for doubles victories in a season.
Horton earned All-GPAC honors in singles as a junior and senior and was also an All-GPAC performer in doubles as a junior.
Aside from her success on the court, Horton also excelled in the classroom. She was a first-team Capital One Academic All-American as a senior, a second-team Academic All-American as a junior, and a two-time Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete.
Horton, a native of Sioux City, is scheduled to graduate from Morningside in December 2013 with a major in elementary education.