ITA Announces Junior and Community College National Award Winners

ITA Announces Junior and Community College National Award Winners

SKILLMAN, N.J. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) has announced its 2009 national award winners for Junior and Community College men's and women's tennis. Highlighting this year's awards are the Wilson/ITA National Coaches of the Year: John Peterson of Tyler Junior College (men) and Jim Bowers of the College of DuPage (women).

2009 Men’s Award Winners:
Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year – John Peterson, Tyler Junior College
ITA Assistant Coach of the Year - Philip Wiley, Central Alabama CC
ITA Player of the Year - Moacir Santos, Laredo Community College
ITA Rookie Player of the Year – Cledson Carvalho, Laredo Community College
ITA Player to Watch – Ryan Coffey, Seminole State College
ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship - Elliott Clark, Meridian Community College

2009 Women’s Award Winners:
Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year - Jim Bowers, College of DuPage
ITA Assistant Coach of the Year -
Quynh Tran, Seminole State College

ITA Player of the Year – Monika Lalewicz, Abraham Baldwin College
ITA Rookie Player of the Year – Jillian O'Neill, Hillsborough Community College
ITA Player to Watch – Julissa Dominguez-Suarez, Central Alabama CC
ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship – Kelly Elizabeth Sterling, Meridian Community College

Peterson has continued his success as the head coach for the Tyler Junior College men’s and women’s tennis teams, as both are currently ranked in the top two of the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings. The Apaches enter the men’s NJCAA Championship with a 12-2 record, having won 11 straight matches, giving TJC a bye in the first round of the tournament. Since beginning his tenure at Tyler in 1987, his men's teams have won 10 national championships while his women's teams have nine national championships to their credit. In 2000, the ITA named Coach Peterson the Junior College National Coach of the Decade.

Bowers has led both the men’s and women’s College of DuPage tennis teams to multiple national titles since becoming head coach four years ago. Under Bowers’ guidance, the Lady Chaparrals finished 7-1 and placed third at the women’s NJCAA Championship. The COD women have won the Region IV tournament every year qualifying them for nationals, which they won in 2007 and 2008.

The women’s NJCAA Championships were hosted by the Randolph Tennis Center in Tucson, AZ, May 2-7, 2009 while the men’s NJCAA Championships will be held May 10-15, 2009 in Plano, TX, hosted by Collin County Community College.

For a full list of Junior and Community College 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.

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