July 17, 2014
CONWAY - For the 12th time in 13 seasons, the Coastal Carolina men's tennis program has been recognized as an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic team and Jabor Al-Mutawa, Leo Christofides, Ted Nilsson, Renan Samed and Philippe Tsangarides have been named ITA Scholar-Athletes.
The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 2.) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters (including freshman thorough senior year).
"This accomplishment makes me very proud as coach and an adjunct professor," said head coach Chris Powers. "The tennis program has really blossomed in the court with consecutive NCAA appearances, but we haven't lost sight of the real meaning of being a student-athlete in the classroom as well. I can only hope that future teams will carry the academic torch that our teams from years past have carried."
Coastal Carolina's men's tennis team posted a GPA of 3.28 for the 2013-14 academic year and own a 3273 cumulative GPA.
Al-Mutawa posted a 3.556 GPA in communication for 2013-14, Christofides had a 3.682 GPA in finance, Nilsson had posted a 3.5 GPA in recreation and sport management, Samed had a 3.95 GPA in finance and Tsangarides had a 3.714 GPA finance.
Tsangarides became the first Chanticleer to play in the NCAA Singles Championship, earning the Big South's automatic berth to the national championship, and was named All-Big South in both singles and doubles. Christofides joined doubles partner Tsangarides as an All-Big South selection while Nilsson was named All-Big South in singles.
Under coach Powers, a total of 52 ITA Scholar-Athlete honors have been bestowed upon his player.