ITA Announces Junior and Community College National Award Winners

ITA Announces Junior and Community College National Award Winners

SKILLMAN, N.J. - The ITA has announced its 2010 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: Jamie Donjuan of Laredo Community College (men) and Jason Haynes of Lee College (women) and the ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship: Andres Cepede of Meridian Community College (men) and Jamie Blackim of Cowley County Community College (women). 

2010 Men's Award Winners: 
Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year - Jaime Donjuan, Laredo Community College 
ITA Assistant Coach of the Year - Brian Slack, Vincennes University
ITA Player of the Year - Damian Hume, Collin College 
ITA Rookie Player of the Year - Kirill Sinitsyn, Fresno City College
ITA Player to Watch - Peter Thomason, Tyler Junior College 
ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship - Andres Cepede, Meridian Community College

2010 Women's Award Winners: 
Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year - Jason Haynes, Lee College
ITA Assistant Coach of the Year - Kimm Ketelsen, Tyler Junior College
ITA Player of the Year - Olivia Howlett, Hillsborough Community College 
ITA Rookie Player of the Year - Fanny Benincasa, Seward Community College
ITA Player to Watch - Avriel Tomaiko, Saddleback College
ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship -Jamie Blackim, Cowley County Community College

Donjuan's teams have won the last four NJCAA titles while Haynes is the coach for the reigning NJCAA Women's Champions.

Cepede has carried a full load all four semesters and has managed to keep a 3.95 GPA.  He received the University Scholar Athlete Award, MS/USA Academic First-Team honors, the faculty/staff association scholarship, the Coca-Cola Salute to Excellence, and has been nominated for the highest honor given on his campus, the H. M. Ivy Award and Scholarship.  He is a member of the Multicultural Club and Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society where he serves on the Executive Board. 

Blackim is a Dorm Resident Assistant, Tutor, College Ambassador, Team Captain, FCA member, PAWS organization member on campus. She has also worked on several community service projects all while maintaining a 3.4 GPA. 

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 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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