May 15, 2012
Air Force women's tennis coach Kim Gidley was named Coach of the Year and junior Christine Molina won the Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship in the Mountain Region, announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The Mountain Region, one of 12 regions around the country, consists of 21 schools.
Gidley, who just completed her 14th season as head coach, led the Falcons to a 17-8 record this season, the most wins in one season since 1999. In addition, the Falcons secured a 3-4 record against Mountain West opponents, the most conference wins in one season since the program moved to Division I in 1996. Gidley, the winningest coach in program history with 182 victories, also placed three Falcons on the all-Mountain West teams, another Division I milestone for the program.
Molina, meanwhile, led the team with 24 overall singles victories and was 17-8 in dual matches, including a 14-7 mark at the No. 2 position. She went 3-4 against Mountain West opponents and earned her first all-Mountain West selection this year. The Cissie Leary award is given to a player who displays inspiring dedication and commitment to her team, which has enhanced her team's performance and exemplified the spirit of college tennis.
Gidley and Molina will be one of 12 on the national ballot for their respective award, to be announced on Tuesday, May 22.