ITA Announces 2012 Regional Tennis Award Recipients

May 16, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

Seven Mountain West tennis student-athletes and coaches were among those honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) when the organization announced its 2012 Regional Awards on Tuesday.

Air Force head women’s tennis coach Kim Gidley was named ITA Mountain Region Coach of the Year after leading the Falcons to a 17-8 record this season, the most wins in one year since 1999. In addition, the Falcons posted a 3-4 record in Mountain West play, marking the most conference wins in one season for the Falcons since the program moved to Division I in 1996.

Air Force's Christine Molina was presented with the Mountain Region ITA Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship. The award is given to a women's player in each region whose dedication and commitment has enhanced her team's performance and exemplified the spirit of college tennis.

UNLV’s Mark Roberts was chosen as the ITA Mountain Region Assistant Coach of the Year after helping guide the 49th-ranked Rebels to a 16-9 overall record and 5-2 mark in MW play.

On the men’s side, Boise State head tennis coach Greg Patton earned ITA Mountain Region Coach of the Year honors. After falling to Florida State, 4-3, in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship, the 31st-ranked Broncos concluded the season with a 26-7 overall record and a perfect 5-0 mark in league play.

New Mexico’s Bart Scott was chosen as the ITA Mountain Region Assistant Coach of the Year after helping guide the 67th-ranked Lobos to a 19-8 overall record (3-2, Mountain West) during the 2011-12 campaign, while New Mexico’s Carl Ho was presented the ITA Mountain Region Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award. The Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award is the ITA's longest-running award and is given to a men’s player in each region who displays sportsmanship, character, excellent academics and has had outstanding tennis playing accomplishments.

Ho was also presented with the Mountain Region ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award, while San Diego State’s Javier Pulgar received Southwest Region ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship accolades. The award is given to a men’s player in each region who has exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.