ORINDA -- It's not often you run into a doubles zen master such as Miramonte High boys tennis coach Michael McCollom.
The Matadors coach knows all the angles on the court and how to configure his doubles lineup to turn cliffhangers in his favor.
Moreover, McCollom's Matadors doubled their pleasure with a second consecutive North Coast Section Division I team title. They were 27-0 against NCS opponents.
Thus, McCollom was an easy choice as Bay Area News Group East Bay Coach of the Year in boys tennis for the second straight year.
McCollom, a former multisport athlete who emphasizes accountability, marvels at the caliber of his players. He describes them as "the most interesting group of kids I've ever been around."
The Diablo Foothill Athletic League champions beat Pleasant Valley-Chico 6-1 in the NorCal tournament before they lost 4-3 against Serra-San Mateo in the semifinals.
In his fifth year coaching the boys team, McCollom tried to keep everything the same during his extended winning streak, which included two 5-4 wins over talented Dougherty Valley.
"After going 19-0, I didn't move my shoes on the patio. I ate the same Pop-Tarts every morning," he said with a chuckle.
The Matadors (28-1) had five sophomores, so they should be solid next year as well. They were led by Peter Martin, Alex Hwang and Loyola Marymount-bound Luke Bohuslav. The Matadors bested opponents in doubles in 27 of 28 dual matches.
In the DFAL tournament, Miramonte's Martin and Neil Weikert outlasted teammates Logan Boersma and Andrew Tan 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 in the doubles championship match. Bohuslav beat Hwang 6-3, 6-1 for the DFAL singles title.
McCollom believes doubles players are too readily overlooked in the annual race to crown the king of the singles bracket.
"I just really push the doubles development," he said. "Truthfully, that's where most of the coaching is."
In the NCS singles and doubles tournament, Miramonte had an impressive five players among the 12 semifinalists. The doubles team of Tan and Martin beat Weikert and Sasha Lilichenko 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 in an all-Miramonte showcase. Bohuslav wound up fourth in singles after dropping his semifinal and the third-place match.
Clearly, the spring was doubly delicious for the Mats and their fans.
"It's been a great year," McCollom said.