ITA Announces Division III National Award Winners

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ITA Announces Division III National Award Winners

SKILLMAN, N.J. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced the national award winners for NCAA Division III tennis. Highlighting this year's awards are the Wilson/ITA National Coaches of the Year: Andrew Girard of Carnegie Mellon University (men) and Marty Perry of the University of Chicago (women) and the ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship: Matt De Vlieger of Calvin College (men) and Julia Browne of Tufts University (women).

This year's ITA national award winners are: 

2010 Men's Award Winners: 
Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year - Andrew Girard, Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA) 
ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year - Brendan Kincaid, Salisbury University 
(Salisbury, MD) 
ITA National Senior Player of the Year - John Watts, Washington University
-St. Louis (St. Louis, MO) 
ITA National Rookie of the Year - Mark Kahan, Amherst College (Amherst, MA) 
ITA National Player to Watch - Austin Chafetz, Amherst College (Amherst, MA) 
ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship - Matt De Vlieger, Calvin College(Grand Rapids, MI) 

2010 Women's Award Winners: 
Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year - Marty Perry, University of Chicago (Chicago, IL) 
ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year - Daniel Bickett, UW-Whitewater (Whitewater, WI)
 
ITA Co-National Senior Player of the Year - Grace Baljon, Williams College (Williamstown, MA) 
ITA Co-National Senior Player of the Year - Siobhan Finicane, Pomona-Pitzer Colleges(Claremont, CA)
ITA National Rookie of the Year - Kate Klein, Washington University-St. Louis (St. Louis, MO) 
ITA National Player to Watch - Ellen Yeatman, Washington and Lee (Lexington, VA) 
ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship - Julia Browne, Tufts University(Medford, MA) 

Girard is in his seventh year as head coach of both the men's and women's top 10-ranked tennis programs. Carnegie Mellon's continual climb up the national rankings has led both programs into a new era of expectations and achievement. In the most recent Campbell/ITA College Tennis Ranking, the men's team made the biggest jump among the top 30 teams to No. 7. Coaching for an institution historically known to be academically demanding, he has done an outstanding job at achieving a successful balance both on and off the court.

Perry's team has improved every year, while reaching a new plateau this year despite the University of Chicago's extremely competitive schedule. Known for being an outstanding recruiter, he continues to improve the play of his student-athletes, teaching them to continually compete at the highest level while conducting themselves with poise and good sportsmanship. An example of the continual improvement comes from turning a 3-6 result versus Emory in the final of the ITA Division III Indoors into a 5-3 win at the UAA conference tournament less than two months later, snapping the Eagles 22-year reign as UAA Conference Champions. 

De Vlieger's life completely changed in December 2009, when he was paralyzed from his chest down in a tragic scuba diving incident in Florida.  Prepared to be the No. 1 singles player this past year, Matt is anticipating his new role as student-assistant next season. He continues to recover in Florida and is already taking wheel-chair tennis lessons. With faith being first and foremost in his life, he has been able to maintain a positive outlook on life. 

Browne is truly a success story both on and off the court. A five-time ITA All-American who has won the ITA National Small College Doubles title twice while placing third in singles this past year, was named NESCAC Player of the Year as a sophomore, after being named NESCAC and ITA Rookie of the year in her first year. She is currently ranked #1 in the Northeast in both singles and in doubles and has been ranked in top 15 nationally since her freshman year. However, she learned at a relatively early age that with these privileges comes a responsibility to help improve the lives of those who have not been provided with the same advantages to succeed.  Realizing that no win on the court or athletic field could ever be as rewarding and gratifying as how it feels to make a tangible difference in others lives, the clinical psychology major, carrying a 3.7 GPA, intends to ultimately pursue a career as a psychologist with a primary focus being both research and patient treatment. The Psi Chi International Honor Society member is also a three-time member of SAAC

For the full list of Division III 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 is compromised of nearly 1,700 men's and women's varsity coaches representing over 1,200 institutions, administers numerous regional and national championships and the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings for over 15,000 college varsity student-athletes 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 web site is 
www.itatennis.com.
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