(Release courtesy of the Big South Conference)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Former Coastal Carolina men's tennis player Tomas Malik has been elected for enshrinement in the Big South Conference Hall of Fame along with Liberty men’s basketball player Peter Aluma, former Winthrop track standout Jeff Greene, women’s golfer Janet Wooten Collins of former member Campbell and former UNC Asheville women’s soccer player Jill Young Booth, it was announced by the League Thursday, April 3. The five individuals will be officially inducted on Thursday evening, May 29, 2008, during a special ceremony as part of the Conference’s annual spring meetings in Hilton Head, S.C. The Hall of Fame was created in 2003 as part of the League’s 20th Anniversary celebration, and now totals 35 former Big South Conference student-athletes, coaches, administrators and contributors.
Malik, who completed his stellar career in 1997, holds Coastal Carolina career records for singles victories (90) and doubles victories (79). He earned three Big South Conference Player of the Year honors (1995, 1996, 1997) and was named the Conference’s Rookie of the Year in 1994. Malik was a four-time All-Conference selection at both singles and doubles during his career, helped Coastal Carolina capture the 1994 Big South Conference championship, as well as two regular-season titles (1994, 1996) and a runner-up championship finish in 1996. He also excelled in the classroom, as he garnered Big South Men’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors in 1995, 1996 and 1997, and was a First-Team CoSIDA Academic All-American honoree in 1996 and 1997. Malik also received ITA Scholar-Athlete recognition in 1996 and 1997, was voted the Big South Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1996 and 1997, and received the Big South’s Christenberry Award for Academic Excellence in 1997. Following his Coastal career, Malik served as the hitting partner for Jana Novotna when she ranked among the world’s best and has also coached the Slovakian Women’s National Team to the Federation Cup Championship.