October 24, 2008
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association has announced the 2007-2008 Scholar-Athlete and All-Academic Teams. The 2007-2008 Indiana Tech men's tennis team is one of only 108 men's tennis teams in North America to receive the team award and three of the teams members received Scholar-Athlete Awards. Of the 108 team awards only 8 are NAIA member institutions, as is Indiana Tech. Nationally, 674 student-athletes received the individual award and of that number only 45 were student-athletes of an NAIA member institution.
The awards are given to NCAA, NAIA and Junior/Community College tennis programs and their student-athletes that meet the required GPA.
"This is a great honor for the team and the three student-athletes that received their individual award," states Head Tennis Coach Dan Moster. "Our priority is academics first, athletics second and in the 2 1/2 years that Indiana Tech has offered tennis, this men's program has set a high standard of excellence for itself both on and off the court, and they are achieving it."
The three student-athletes that received the ITA Scholar-Athlete Award are Brandon Barger, Craig Wassell and Daniel Yamamoto. This is Barger's second consecutive year to receive this award as he also received it as a freshman during the 2006-2007 school year. Wassell and Yamamoto were both freshmen. Barger and Yamamoto are both majoring in business, and Wassell is an engineering major.
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) has long been recognized as one of the best organized collegiate sports associations in the U.S. and North America. The Intercollegiate Tennis Association is a non-profit service organization, which serves as the governing body of collegiate tennis in the United States. Administering a comprehensive calendar of tournaments and events and a far-reaching awards program, the goal of the ITA is to improve the level of intercollegiate tennis competition and the quality of college tennis coaching.
The ITA is comprised of nearly 1,500 men and women's tennis coaches representing over 1,200 institutions across the U.S. and North America from all three NCAA Divisions, as well as the NAIA and Junior and Community Colleges. The ITA oversees activities involving over 15,000 college varsity tennis student-athletes.