ITA Announces NAIA National Award Winners

ITA Announces NAIA National Award Winners

SKILLMAN, N.J. - The ITA has announced its 2010 national award winners for NAIA men's and women's tennis. Highlighting this year's awards are the Wilson/ITA National Coaches of the Year: Kris Miller of Oklahoma Christian University (men) and Rich Hills of Point Loma Nazarene University (women) and the ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship: Oliver Sindayigaya of Lewis-Clark State College (men) and Sheryl Bon of Azusa Pacific (women). 

2010 Men's Award Winners: 

Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year - Kris Miller, Oklahoma Christian University (Edmond, OK)
ITA Assistant Coach of the Year - David Goodman, Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, CA)
ITA Player of the Year - Matthijs Bolsius, Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, Calif.) 
ITA Rookie Player of the Year - Martin Poboril, Oklahoma Christian University (Edmond, OK)
ITA Player to Watch - Joel Myers, Point Loma Nazarene University (San Diego, CA) 
ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship - Oliver Sindayigaya, Lewis-Clark State College (Lewiston, ID)

2010 Women's Award Winners: 

Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year - Rich Hills, Point Loma Nazarene University (San Diego, CA)
ITA Assistant Coach of the Year - Viviana Yrureta, Oklahoma Chrisitian University  (Edmond, OK)
ITA Player of the Year - Natasa Zoricic, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach, FL) 
ITA Rookie Player of the Year - Caroline Nilsson, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach, FL) 
ITA Player to Watch - Gabriela Bergmanova, Vanguard University (Costa Mesa, CA)
ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship - Sheryl Bon, Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, CA) 

Miller has recorded an outstanding career with a winning percentage over seventy, a national title in 2003, and over 40 ITA All-Americans. This year, he has quite possibly done his best coaching job, taking over for a second stint as coach at Oklahoma Christian. Coach Miller had to rebuild the program, leading to record-setting year for the number of wins and a national ranking of seventh.  

Hills has been a great coach for many years but this year, in particular, he has put together a team that is exceptionally strong.  Rich has found a way to motivate and encourage his team, and especially his team captain to new heights with a 15-2 record and a national ranking of No. 15. 

Sindayigaya's name maybe somewhat complicated to enunciate but he is one of the easiest individuals to approach on the streets. Oliver has become the most popular among his teammates, the tennis club members, the campus community and more specifically, his opposing team members. He competes with heart and good sportsmanship, thus very much appreciated by his opponents. He has amassed a singles record of 23-36 and a doubles record of 19-32. However, Oliver's contribution to his team and to the college reaches boundaries beyond the playing field. 

Bon has been described as a truly amazing person with a heart for others, consistently going out of her way to help friends, teammates, and opponents. She is also very driven to give back to other people in her community. Through being a servant, she has great ability as a leader. She has been the captain of the women's team the past two years and has a great reputation with other teams and is respected within the league. 

For a full list of NAIA 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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