UC Irvine is the 2011 Big West Conference champion in men's tennis.
Has a nice ring to it.
But that's not the ring the UC Irvine men's tennis coach Trevor Kronemann longs for.
The Anteaters are piling on success after success these days. They won the conference tournament last year, earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament. They won regular-season conference co-championships in 2008 and 2009.
This year's team has the conference player of the year in Chris Kearney and the co-freshman of the year in Ryan Cheung. Kronemann was named conference coach of the year for the second season in a row.
But it's not enough.
"I want somebody to win a national championship at UCI," Kronemann said. "Whether that's a team championship or individual championship."
Kronemann has UCI on the right track, and they'll begin their quest for a national team championship next week when the Anteaters start play in the 64-team NCAA Tournament. But Kronemann also knows national championships don't come quick and easy. They take perseverance and patience.