Borja Zarco recipient of annual Johnny Donnelly Scholarship

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Former Golden Eagle tennis standout and current fifth-year student assistant coach Borja Zarco (center in photo) was recently presented with the 2009 Johnny Donnelly Scholarship.

Borja is in his first season as a student assistant coach after having one of the most successful careers in the history of the program. During his senior season, he became the first Golden Eagle to participate in the NCAA Singles Championship in Tulsa, Okla. He earned his after going 27-5 during the season including wins over several ranked opponents. He himself earned a national ranking, also the first for a Golden Eagle. He capped off the season being named the OVC Player of the Year as well as first-team All-OVC honors.

During his career, Zarco earned All-OVC honors three times including two years as a member of the first-team his junior and senior seasons. During his final three seasons, he helped the Golden Eagles to a 26-1 record in the conference, including two outright championships and one co-championship. After winning the 2007 OVC tournament, Tech played at Texas in the first round of the NCAA championship.

Now on the bench, Zarco helps head coach Dan Silverstein at the indoor tennis center, conducting tennis clinics in addition to the on-court instruction he provides to both Golden Eagle tennis programs.

Johnny Donnelly was the first fan and the youngest person to be inducted into the Tennessee Tech Sports Hall of Fame. The Award is given is Johny's memory by his parents, John and Marti Connelly either side of Zarco). On the court for the presentation with the Donnellys was Tom Sergio (right), one of the major donors to he Scholarship Endowment, and TTU Director of Athletics Mark Wilson (left). Steve Copeland is another major donor to the endowment, but was unable to attend the presentation.