Hastings Men, Elon Women Receive
March ITA National Team Sportsmanship Awards
SKILLMAN, NJ (March 10) - The Hastings College men's and Elon University women's tennis teams have been honored as recipients of the 2015 Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Team Sportsmanship Awards for the month of March.
The ITA National Team Sportsmanship Award is a monthly award that goes to one men's and one women's team that has exemplified outstanding sportsmanship, character and ethical conduct in the true spirit of competition and collegiate tennis. The winners are selected by the ITA Ethics and Infractions Committee from nominations received from all ITA member institutions (NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community Colleges). This monthly award began in 2004.
The Hastings College Broncos, an NAIA program, are coached by Comron Yazdgerdi. Yazdgerdi, in his seventh season as head coach, was also a four-year letter-winner for the Broncos as an undergrad. His past experiences as a successful Bronco player have resonated with his current players, who have been commended for being a true reflection of their coach.
"Everyone was excited to hear the news," said Yazdgerdi. "These young men are not only great athletes but also great men of character and I am humbled to even be called their coach. Wins and losses can come and go, but it is their character that matters to them individually and as a team on and off the court."
"I hold each athlete to a high standard," he added. "Coaching is a privilege and I feel it is my responsibility as their coach to teach them how to become men of character and with that to be a good sport."
Elon University, a Division I team, is led by eleventh-year head coach Elizabeth Anderson. Anderson's team was recommended for the Team Sportsmanship Award for its consistent display of sportsmanship, maturity, and fiercely competitive play.
"We are very honored to receive this award," said Anderson. "We consider ourselves fortunate to be part of a sport where we are able to encounter so many teams with such good sportsmanship throughout the season. Our team is very appreciative to be recognized by the ITA."
Elon is off to a 5-5 start this spring while the Hastings Broncos are 4-5.
About the ITA
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) is the governing body of college tennis, overseeing men's and women's varsity tennis at NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College. The ITA administers a comprehensive awards and rankings program for men and women varsity players, coaches and teams in all divisions, providing recognition for their accomplishments on and off the court. For more information on the ITA, visit the ITA website at www.itatennis.com, like the ITA on Facebook or follow @ITAtennis on Twitter.