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Recent grad named ITA Arthur Ashe Award winner

2018-06-13 07:36:49 - Feature

Brady Anderson - ITA Arthur Ashe Award winner

Winning the ITA National Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award for NCAA Division III Men's Tennis is the crowning achievement on Brady Anderson’s already stellar career at Coe.

The ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award recognizes outstanding individuals in all divisions at the regional and national level. This award goes to NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and JUCO men's and women's players who have exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership, as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements. Anderson also was the award winner for the ITA Central Region.

"I feel extremely honored to be awarded the Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award," Anderson said. "I certainly owe most of the credit to the amazing supporting cast I've had behind me consisting of my family and friends, as well as the incredible connections with my coaches, teammates and faculty at Coe College who have helped me along the way."

"Brady stands as the epitome of a scholar-athlete," Head Coach Eric Rodgers, a nine-time Iowa Conference Men's Tennis Coach of the Year, said. "Accomplished in both the classroom and on a tennis court, Brady serves as an example of what one can accomplish in life through lessons learned on a tennis court.

"In all aspects of his life, he applies himself — totally immersed in the desire to learn, to improve and become the very best he is capable of becoming," Rodgers said.

A team leader and excellent competitor from day one, Anderson’s leadership and technical skills flourished while at Coe. And it all began with a high school championship win in the Clark Racquet Center, a victory that led Anderson to choose Coe.

"It was certainly the right decision for me. I was able to develop and work on my game with access to the courts practically whenever I wanted — supplemented with a group of hard-working and passionate teammates," Anderson said. "The dedication Coach Rodgers instilled in our team on the court and the work ethic that I developed from tennis spilled over into the classroom as well, as his passion and commitment to doing everything possible to bring out the best in our games was inspiring."

Anderson recently was named the Iowa Conference MVP for the third-straight season. He has the most singles wins in school history at 109 and ranks eighth in school history for doubles wins in a season. His 100 career doubles wins are the most in school history.

A Cedar Rapids native, Anderson graduated in May with a degree in economics and mathematics. He will continue his education in the fall, pursuing a doctorate in statistics.

"I will also continue playing plenty of tennis, perhaps a few tournaments, and cheer on my freshly minted alma matter whenever I can make it to some home meets," he said.

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