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November 28, 2010

Men's and Women's Tennis Coaches Win ITA Regional Awards

Courtesy of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association

SKILLMAN, N.J. -- The men's and women's tennis head coaches at Harvard and Yale were honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) with the New England regional awards for the 2010 USTA/ITA Campus and Community Outreach Awards and USTA/ITA QuickStart Provider of the Year Awards.

Harvard men's tennis head coach Dave Fish and women's tennis head coach Traci Green were honored with the QuickStart Provider regional award while Yale men's tennis head coach Alex Dorato and Danielle McNamara were selected for the Campus and Community Outreach regional honor.

The USTA/ITA Campus and Community Outreach Award honors ITA Head and Assistant College Coaches who provide a leadership role in promoting, organizing or participating in campus and community tennis programming that encourage tennis participation and that support the different USTA programs that includes: Campus Showdowns, Campus Kids' Days, coaches who are recognized as Campus QuickStart providers, coaches who assist with the Tennis On Campus program, as well as coaches who administer other recreational tennis programs on campus or in the local community.

The USTA/ITA QuickStart Provider of the Year Award recognizes coaches who have worked hard to bring the 10 & Under tennis and the QuickStart format to their campus. The USTA list of criteria to become a QuickStart Provider includes:  1) hosting free/low cost QuickStart festivals on campus, 2) hosting (or have attended) a USTA QuickStart training, 3) using QuickStart playing format on campus, 4) hosting a USTA sanctioned 10 & Under or 8 & Under tournament, 5) using QuickStart in the Adopt-a-school program, 6) involved in a 10 & Under JTT program, and 7) have agreed to or have already installed permanent QuickStart lines on campus tennis courts.

"The USTA is very proud of the contributions these outstanding coaches have made on their campuses and within their local communities," says Tim Russell, Chair of the USTA Collegiate Varsity Committee. "The passion and leadership of these extraordinary individuals demonstrates their commitment to assisting in the development of young collegiate players."

Brigham Young University men's tennis head coach Brad Pearce was named the national winner of the USTA/ITA Campus and Community Outreach Award and West Florida men's and women's tennis head coach Derrick Racine was named the national winner of the USTA/ITA Campus QuickStart Provider of the Year Award. Both coaches will be honored by the ITA and the USTA on Saturday, December 18 at the ITA Coaches Convention being held at the Naples Grande Resort and Spa in Naples, Fla., during the ITA Welcoming and Awards Banquet.

This year's national winners were selected from a group of USTA Sectional winners determined this fall. This awards program, which began in 2003, was open to over 2,000 ITA head and assistant coaches at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College levels.