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Radovan Chrz named to NCAA Division II 40th anniversary tribute team

Former menís tennis star one of 48 student-athletes honored on anniversary team

INDIANAPOLIS – In celebration of the 40th anniversary of NCAA Division II, 48 former student-athletes were named to the NCAA Division II 40th Anniversary Tribute Team. Former University of West Florida men’s tennis star Radovan Chrz was included in the elite group that will be honored by the NCAA throughout 2013 through its media channels.

“This group of former student-athletes is meant to reflect the core values of Division II athletics,” said Josh Looney, associate director of Division II. “Commissioners have helped identify a diverse group of championship individuals from Division II’s 40-year history. Not only did these former student-athletes act as champions in athletics and in the classroom, they’ve gone on to live championship lives as well. This group is a true representation of Division II’s commitment to providing its student-athletes a ‘Life in the Balance’ that extends beyond athletics.”

Chrz, who was inducted into the UWF athletics hall of fame in January, was the most successful tennis player in the UWF tennis program’s 33-year history.  Chrz was a four-time singles All-American, four-time doubles All-American, a two-time individual national champion, and he led the Argonauts to an NCAA Division II team national championship as a senior in 2004.

The Argonauts advanced to the Division II national championship tournament each of Chrz’s four years at UWF, and the team won two Gulf South Conference championships during that span.  He was a GSC “Top Eight” selection as a senior, an award given to the top four male and female student-athletes across all sports in the conference based on athletic, academic and extracurricular achievement.

After finishing his time at UWF, Chrz moved back to his home country the Czech Republic, and he is currently the head of marketing for Mercedes-Benz Czech Republic.

“We’re proud of Radovan for being honored as one of the elite student-athletes in Division II history,” said UWF athletic director Dave Scott. “Here at UWF we are big believers in the Division II motto of ‘Life in the Balance,’ and Radovan was a great example of what you can accomplish at the Division II level. He was successful on and off the court, and he’s now having success in the business world.”

Each of the 23 conferences in Division II were asked to submit a list of 40th anniversary team nominees that represent Division II’s ideals.  The team includes male and female student-athletes from each conference, plus two at-large nominees.

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