Forood Named Wilson/ITA National Coach Of The Year
May 19, 2003
Gainesville, Fla. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announces its national award winners for NCAA Division I women's tennis. Stanford head coach Lele Forood has been tabbed the Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year, Frankie Brennan the Assistant Coach of the Year and freshman Amber Liu (La Mesa, CA) was selected as the Rookie of the Year for 2003.
Forood, in her third season, has guided the Cardinal to back-to-back NCAA Team Titles (2001 and 2002) and a runner-up finish in 2003. She is 82-3 as the head coach at Stanford and holds a 17-1 mark in NCAA tournament matches in her three years.
Brennan is following in the footsteps of his father, Frank, who guided Stanford to 10 NCAA titles as head coach and as named Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year on three occasions (and named Coach of the Decade of the eighties and nineties). Frankie is in his eighth year as a Stanford assistant and has been a part of four national titles.
Liu is currently ranked fourth in the nation in singles and has played a key role in leading the Cardinal to this year's championship match. She was also named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and is 17-6 at No. 1 singles this spring.
The ITA names the National Player of the Year and National Doubles Team of the Year next month.
This year's National Award Winners:
Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year - Lele Forood, Stanford
ITA Senior Player of the Year - Vilmarie Castellvi, Tennessee
ITA Rookie of the Year - Amber Liu, Stanford
ITA National Player to Watch - Christelle Grier, Northwestern
ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year - Frankie Brennan, Stanford
ITA/Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award - Karie Schlukebir, Indiana and Sarah Flood, Houston
ITA/Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship - Kristen Stubbs, Virginia Tech