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UM tennis assistant earns national honor

 

sdegnan@miamiherald.com

The University of Miami’s Alex Santos was named the 2013 ITA National Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year for NCAA Division I tennis during a ceremony at the University of Illinois, in conjunction with the NCAA Division I team championships.

Santos has been with the program for four seasons, three as an assistant coach. This is the first national ITA award in program history.

“This award belongs to the close family we have at the University of Miami,” Santos said. “I feel very fortunate to work and learn every day with a unique head coach, a tremendous staff and a very special group of young ladies.”

Said UM head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews: “His commitment to the program is unparalleled. I am so happy for Alex and this program.”

Elsewhere

•  UM football: Hurricanes defensive end Ricardo Williams, who was going into his redshirt sophomore season, is no longer on the team and has been granted his release, UM director of communications C hris Yandle confirmed.

Williams, 6-5 and 251 pounds, graduated from Homestead High and played in one game last year — against North Carolina.

Wide receiver Robert Lockhart Jr., who also, according to Canesport.com, was granted his release, is still on the roster. Lockhart is a 6-1, 183-pound redshirt sophomore who graduated from West Boca Raton High as a four-star recruit and came to UM from Fork Union Military Academy. He played in two games last season — UNC and FSU — but sustained a season-ending knee injury.

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