ITA Announces 2011 NCAA Division II National Award Winners

ITA Announces 2011 NCAA Division II National Award Winners

ITA Announces 2011 NCAA Division II National Award Winners

SKILLMAN, N.J. - The ITA has announced its 2011 national award winners for NCAA Division II men's and women's tennis. Highlighting this year's awards are the Wilson/ITA National Coaches of the Year: Greg Prudhomme, Grand Canyon University (men) and Avi Kigel, Barry University (women) and the ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship: Agnel Gladwin-Peter, BYU-Hawaii (men) and Cheryl Martin, Bentley University (women). 
2011 Men's Award Winners:
Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year - Greg Prudhomme, Grand Canyon University (Glendale, AZ)
ITA Assistant Coach of the Year - Timmer Willing, University of California-San Diego (San Diego, CA)
ITA Player of the Year - Philip Pakebusch, Valdosta State University (Hamburg, Germany)
ITA Rookie Player of the Year - Hans Hoch, Abilene Christian University (Ciliacan, Mexico)
ITA Player to Watch - Willi Wolfer, Lynn University (Troisdorf, Germany)
ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship - Agnel Gladwin-Peter, BYU-Hawaii (Vashi, India)

2011 Women's Award Winners: 
Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year - Avi Kigel, Barry University (Tel Aviv, Israel)
ITA Assistant Coach of the Year - Timmer Willing, University of California-San Diego (San Diego, CA)
ITA Player of the Year - Elwen Li, BYU-Hawaii (Chengdu, China)
ITA Rookie Player of the Year - Barbora Krtickova, Armstrong Atlantic State Universtiy (Nove Mesto Nad Metuji, Czech Republic)
ITA Player to Watch - Annie Hwang, BYU-Hawaii (Tainan City, Taiwan)
ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship - Cheryl Martin, Bentley University(Pittsfield, MA)

Greg Prudhomme, 2011 Wilson/ITA Men's Coach of the Year, has taken a team that has only been in existence for the past three years and in that short time has been able to take the team from last place in the region, to their current ranking of #3 in the region and #23 in the National Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings.  Known for his competitive spirit yet very fair and sportsmanlike character amongst his coaching peers, his players display a great amount of respect for him because of his dedication, knowledge of the game and ability to motivate his guys at the right time, which has proven to be a winning combination.

In just his third season, the 2011 Wilson/ITA Women's Coach of the Year, Avi Kigel has helped return his women's tennis team to elite status in the nation while instilling good sportsmanship and a sense of pride in the players on his squad. After recently winning the Sunshine State Conference Championships, his fourth-ranked team improved to 20-1 overall with their only loss coming to then third-ranked Lynn University. During the regular season, this coach notched 12 wins over ranked opponents including No. 1 Armstrong Atlantic, Amherst, ranked No. 1 in Division III, and the second-ranked Auburn Montgomery Lady Senators of the NAIA. In addition to his success on the court, Kigel has worked hard to teach his players the importance of sportsmanship, pride, and a good work ethic.

Winner of the 2011 Men's Arthur Ashe, Jr. Leadership & Sportsmanship Award, Agnel Gladwin-Peter is a quiet and humble young man who is known to make friends quickly, with comrades on nearly every team he has ever played against. This friendship sometimes leads to giving the benefit of doubt to his opponent in every situation, sometimes to the detriment of himself or his team.  Peter often appears to be more concerned about the experience that he and his opponent are having rather than the outcome of the match he is playing.  He truly sees college tennis as an extra-curricular activity that will help him grow and introduce him to new friends from around the country and the world. Our winner, who hails from Mumbai, India, consistently volunteers for the A+ program at the Laie Elementary School for children who need additional after school help in academics and has volunteered to teach tennis for 10 days at "America's Camp" in Hinsdale, Massachussetts, a camp for the children of the victims of the September 11th tragedy in New York City.  However, this senior is now just a wonderful example of sportsmanship but he is also outstanding on the court and in the classroom. On the court, AGP has tallied a 72-17 singles record over 4 years, while capturing the USTA/ITA West Regional Doubles title in 2008, and a runner-up finigh in singles in both 2008 and 2009. As a student, he plans to graduate with a 3.4 GPA with a major in International Business Management and a Theater minor, who has already starred in three  university plays and seven films.

Cheryl Martin chose to model herself after the man for whom the award is name for - Arthur Ashe. This 2011 Women's Arthur Ashe, Jr. Leadership & Sportsmanship Award winner and team captain makes sure to set an example each time she sets foot on the court or in the classroom.  Her efforts have been rewarded by being named to the University's Dean's Honor Roll List as well as being accepted into the Five-Year MBA Graduate Program. Last summer, Martin was selected to be a Community Park Leader, which involved creating and offering programs to children in the community free of charge through the Parks Department. Similarly, she is one of the tennis representatives for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, while also volunteering at the Relay for Life and Junior Falcon Day on campus. However, the most rewarding honor for this Ashe follower was being selected as an Admissions Fellow at her university. As an Admissions Fellow, she meets and interviews prospective students, as part of a great experience being able to take part in the students' college search process while promoting the University she loves.

For a full list of NCAA Division II Regional award winners, visit 

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 comprised 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 20,000 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
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