ITA Announces Division III National Award Winners
SKILLMAN, N.J. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) has announced its 2009 national award winners for Division III men's and women's tennis. Highlighting this year's awards are the Wilson/ITA National Coaches of the Year: Roger Follmer of Washington University (men) and Marty Perry of the University of Chicago (women).
2009 Men’s Award Winners:
Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year – Roger Follmer, Washington University
ITA Assistant Coach of the Year – Michael Belmonte, Carnegie Mellon University
ITA Senior Player of the Year – Michael Goodwin, Emory University
ITA Rookie Player of the Year – Chris Goodwin, Emory University
ITA Player to Watch – William Zhang, University of Chicago
ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship – Dustin Phillips, UT-Tyler
2009 Women’s Award Winners:
Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year – Marty Perry, University of Chicago
ITA Assistant Coach of the Year - Brittany Biebl, Pomona-Pitzer
ITA Senior Player of the Year – Meghan Damico, Denison University
ITA Rookie Player of the Year – Laura Chen, Carnegie Mellon University
ITA Player to Watch – Janelle Arita, DePauw University
ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship – Karina Pikhart, MIT
FOLLMER led Washington University, the defending NCAA champs, to the national semifinals with a 23-2 overall record after capturing the first conference title in school history. The 2006 Wilson/ITA Division III National Coach of the Year and 2008 Missouri Valley USPTA College Coach of the Year received the 2008 Missouri Valley St. Louis President’s Award and was named head coach of the World Team Tennis St. Louis Aces in 2009.
PERRY has guided the University of Chicago to a 16-4 overall record -- including a 14-2 mark against Division III competition. The Maroons are currently ranked fourth in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings and reached the national semifinals for the first time in the program's history. The 2009 UAA Women's Coach of the Year is in his sixth year at the helm, compiling a record of 75-49 (.605).
The NCAA Division III Women’s Championships will be held May 19-24, 2009 in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Matches will be played at Collins Hill Athletic Club and are hosted by Oglethorpe University & the Gwinnett Sports Commission.
The NCAA Division III Women’s Championships will be held May 19-24, 2009 in Claremont, California. Matches will be played at Biszantz Family Tennis Center and are hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
For a full list of Division II Regional award winners, visit www.itatennis.com.
As the governing body of collegiate tennis the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community. The ITA, which was founded in 1956 and is based in Skillman, N.J., administers numerous regional and national championships, the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit presented by the USTA, and the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings for men's and women's tennis at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior College levels. The ITA also has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics, leadership and sportsmanship. The official ITA website is www.itatennis.com.