ITA tabs Parkes National Assistant Coach of the Year

ITA tabs Parkes National Assistant Coach of the Year

SKILLMAN, N.J. - A week after earning South Region Assistant Coach of the Year honors, Saint Leo men's tennis assistant coach Martin Parkes was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Division II National Assistant Coach of the Year, as announced at the NCAA Division II Tennis Championship banquet, Wednesday evening.

Parkes was selected from a group of eight regional recipients and was honored for his efforts in assisting the nation's No. 5 ranked Lions.  

With the help of Parkes, the Saint Leo men's tennis squad was able to continue its national prominence, earning the program a postseason berth in the South Region.  The Green and Gold concluded the season with a 16-6 record, a campaign that included the program's first-ever victory over Lynn University and finished the year competing in the South Region final, another first in Saint Leo history.

The award marks the first National Assistant Coach of the Year honor for Saint Leo since the award's inception in 2009. Previous men's assisant coach Beth Daub was honored as the South Region's top assistant for the 2012 season as the Lions only other regional recipient.

2015 ITA Men's Award Winners

Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year: Hendrik Bode, Hawaii Pacific University
ITA Assistant Coach of the Year: Martin Parkes, Saint Leo University
ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship: Mark Heimberger, Palm Beach Atlantic University
ITA Player to Watch: Ahmed Triki, Barry University
ITA Senior Player of the Year: Armand Levandi, Lewis University
ITA Rookie Player of the Year: Marko Lenz, Hawaii Pacific University
ITA Most Improved Senior of the Year: Kacper Boborykin, Midwestern State University

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