Edmunds of Middlebury Earns NCAA Sportsmanship Award

Courtesy Middlebury Athletic Communications

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Nate Edmunds (Birmingham, Mich.), a 2006 graduate of Middlebury College and a four-year member of the Panther men's tennis team, has been selected as the Division III men's winner of the 2006 NCAA National Sportsmanship Award.

The award is given annually by the NCAA to a male and female student athlete from each of the three divisions (six total). Nominees for the award have demonstrated good sportsmanship and ethical behavior in their daily participation in intercollegiate athletics, along with good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting and are in good academic standing.

A captain in each of the last two seasons for the Middlebury men's tennis team, Edmunds recently received the Intercollegiate Tennis Association/Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship. The award goes to a player who has exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.

Edmunds has helped the Panthers reach the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament in each of the last four years, with Middlebury capturing the NCAA Championship in 2004. Edmunds is a three-time NESCAC All-Conference honoree, earning Player of the Year recognition during the spring of 2004, along with being a three-time All-American in singles and a two-time NESCAC All-Academic selection.

"Nate's work ethic and leadership skills helped carry our program for the last four years," commented six-year head coach Dave Schwarz on Edmunds. "He is a very mentally tough person and has proven to be one of the most coachable players that I've had the pleasure to be around in my time at Middlebury.

"Nate has set the example for work ethic, sportsmanship, and community involvement for the entire team. He has been the hardest worker on the team during his four years at Middlebury. Nate has demonstrated tremendous respect for his teammates and opponents alike. He has been incredibly encouraging to his teammates and has served as a mentor both on and off the court for the younger members of the team."