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Valentini honored with 2012 MIAC Steve Wilkinson Coach of the Year Award

valentini-tommy-201207.jpgTommy Valentini, a Kinesiology Ph.D. student in Sport and Exercise Psychology, has been honored with the 2012 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Steve Wilkinson Coach of the Year Award, named for the eponymous college tennis coaching legend. In his third season as the Gustavus Adolphus College head men's tennis coach, Valentini improved the team record to 22-8 this year (9-0 in conference), with a 6th playoff title and 24th consecutive MIAC title, with the team advancing to the NCAA regional finals. In addition, Valentini coached the doubles team of Amrik Donkena and Mya Smith-Dennis (both from Minnesota) who finished 2nd in the nation at the NCAA DIII National Doubles Championships. Valentini, whose research topic is sport and moral development, is advised by Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi and co-advised by Dr. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal.

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