FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Heading into this weekend’s NCAA Regional, the Arkansas tennis team picked up a trio of Intercollegiate Tennis Association regional honors, including the Coach of the Year award for Robert Cox.
Cox has guided the Hogs to a 14-9 record, a No. 27 national ranking, a No. 1 ranking in ITA Central Region V and into the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight year.
Cox, who earlier this year became UA’s all-time victories leader, is 223-191 in 17 years at Arkansas and 331-216 in 20 years overall. He has led the Razorbacks into the NCAA Tournament eight of the last 11 years.
He also earned ITA Region VI Coach of the Year honors in 1988 and National Junior College Athletic Association national Coach of the Year honors in both 1985 and ’87 while at Tyler (Texas) JC.
Senior Nathan Price earned the John Van Nostrand Memorial Award and sophomore Adrians Zguns was named the Central Region V Player to Watch.
Price is 30-11 and ranked No. 38 in the nation. The Nostrand award is a stipend that goes to an outstanding senior men’s player who plans to pursue a professional career after college.
Zguns, who was last year’s Central Region V Rookie of the Year, is 33-9 and ranked No. 18 in the country. The second-highest ranked sophomore in the country, the Player to Watch award goes to a player who has an outstanding season and is expected to perform at a high level the rest of his or her career. This award’s criteria also includes a player’s sportsmanship and character.