Idaho State welcomes four players for the 2017-18 season, as announced by coach Mark Rodel. The Bengals add junior college transfers Peter Trhac and David Felix, along with incoming freshmen Austin Gwilliam and Ryan Boddington.
“I am very excited to have all four players joining us at ISU, and I know that each player will enhance our program and university,” Rodel said. “I am in the process of finalizing two more recruits that will add additional depth that we need in order to continue our progress that we have made over the past two years.”
Trhac, a native of San Diego, California, arrives at Idaho State after a successful career at Palomar Community College. In his first season with the Comets, Trhac led the charge at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles. Trhac was named the Pacific Coast Conference Athlete of the Year after finishing with an overall singles record of 18-2, including an undefeated record in conference play. He also posted a 17-5 overall record in doubles play. Trhac was nominated for the ITA Player to Watch and ITA Rookie of the Year awards at the Ojai Junior College Tournament. Trhac is currently in his sophomore season with the Comets.
Rodel on Trhac: “Peter will be a fantastic addition to our team, who comes to ISU with a proven track record, and big time game that will challenge the best players in the Big Sky. Peter was a referral from current ISU player Francis Filipovich, and feel like we were fortunate to have signed him given his character and impressive results.”
Felix, a native of Niederwürzbach, Germany, arrives at Idaho State after a stellar two-year career at Mesa Community College. In his first season as a Thunderbird, Felix advanced to the NJCAA National Championship title match at No. 3 singles, falling to No. 1 seeded Federico Gomez; his runner-up performance earned him a second team All-American nod. Felix helped the Thunderbirds to a 6-0 conference record and regular-season ACCAC championship, as well as a regional championship and fifth-place finish at the NJCAA national championships. This season, Felix has been ranked as high as No. 14 in the NJCAA and has helped Mesa CC to a No. 7 ranking and a 10-5 overall record including a 5-0 mark in conference play. Prior to arriving at Mesa Community College, Felix was the German Junior National Champion in 2009 and was a member of the German National Team.
Rodel on Felix: “David truly understands what it takes to play at the highest levels, and the concept of team. David’s current coach, Ali Borhani, assessments of David have been spot on, his development continues to be staggering, and his results speak for themselves. David will be an immediate impact player at ISU.”
Gwilliams, a native of Winchester, England, will arrive at Idaho State as a freshman this fall. He has ranked nationally inside the top 30 in every junior age group under the direction of long-time coach Andy Sheridan. Gwilliams has played in successive national championships and in 2017, led his high school team to the national team finals. He has competed in and won multiple national and regional tour events at the junior level and is currently competing in British Tour Open events. Gwilliams is also an accomplished athlete in both cross country and soccer, and he has represented Hampshire County in both.
Rodel on Gwilliam: “Austin has had a stellar junior career in England and was my first signee for the 2017-18 class. If Austin’s game can match his enthusiasm and energy that he displayed throughout the recruiting process, then he will truly be an asset to our program on every level.”
Boddington is a native of Salt Lake City and is set to graduate from Skyline High School this spring. A standout of the tennis team, Boddington advanced to the semifinals at No. 1 singles his sophomore year; he placed third in the 4A division. Boddington will enroll as a freshman at Idaho State in the fall.
Rodel on Boddington: “Ryan will be joining ISU as an early high school graduate, and similarly his potential development is on a steep upward trajectory. I am excited to have Ryan join our team and continue his development.”