The ITA/Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award is the ITA's longest-running award and goes to a Division I men's player. The award was established in 1969 in memory of Rafael Osuna, who was killed in a plane accident at the age of 30. Osuna is one of the all-time great collegiate tennis players, winning three NCAA doubles titles (1961-63) and the '62 NCAA singles title as part of USC teams many consider to be the greatest of all-time.
As the only returning starter from last year’s team, Shields helped lead his squad to this year’s Round of 16 at the NCAA Championships. He is currently ranked No. 24 in the nation in singles and has compiled a record of 27-8 on the season. The 2009 WAC Conference Player of the Year has been named first team All-WAC and WAC Scholar Athlete three times.
Shields also earned the Mountain Region’s ITA/John Van Nostrand Memorial Award while freshman James Meredith snagged the 2009 ITA Rookie Player of the Year Mountain Region honor, going to the region’s top newcomer.
Two Bronco women have also earned regional honors with senior Klaudia Wlodarczyk winning the 2009 ITA/Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship for the Central Region. Junior Pichittra Thongdach earned the second award for the Bronco women, snagging the Central Region’s ITA Player to Watch award.
This year's ITA national award winners are:
2009 Men’s Award Winners:
Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year
ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year Kyle Spencer, Baylor
ITA/Farnsworth National Senior Player of the Year Arnau Brugues,
ITA National Rookie of the Year Bradley Klahn, Stanford
ITA National Player to Watch
ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship Blake Strode,
ITA/Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award Clancy Shields,
ITA/John Van Nostrand Memorial Award
2009 Women’s Award Winners:
Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year Jeff Wallace, Georgia
ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year (co-winners) Oliver Foreman,
ITA National Senior Player of the Year Kelcy Teft, Notre Dame
ITA National Rookie of the Year
ITA National Player to Watch Kristy Frilling, Notre Dame
ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship Dunja Antunovic, DePaul
ITA /Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship Kerstin Pahl, Western Michigan