ITA Coaches Convention
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About the ITA Coaches Convention
An annual event since 1985, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Coaches Convention is one of the best professional development opportunities for collegiate tennis coaches today.
Nearly 300 men's and women's college tennis coaches at all levels gather each year for the convention. The four-day convention is highlighted by some of the most influential people in the sport of tennis. In addition to offering clinics, panel discussions, awards banquet, a trade show and a chance to exchange ideas, the ITA Coaches Convention serves as the venue for the association’s annual meetings, which includes its Board of Director and Operating Committee sessions.
“The convention is always a very exciting time of the year for our Coaches Association,” says ITA Executive Director David A Benjamin. “Besides being able to take in great clinics and workshops at a beautiful resort in a great city, the coaches also have a forum to meet and discuss the important issues within college tennis today."
The 2013 ITA Coaches Convention will take place at the Waldorf Astoria Naples in Naples, Florida, December 13-16, 2013. Highlights include the USTA Junior Showcase, clinics and the ITA Mini Trade Show & Passport Party presented by the USTA. The ITA Membership & Awards Banquet will feature keynote speaker, champion tennis player, Kathy Rinaldi, courtesy of Wilson as well as presentation of awards for Wilson/ITA Coaches of the Year, USTA/ITA Campus & Community Outreach and USTA/ITA Campus QuickStart Provider of the Year. In addition this year, are three new USTA/ITA awards for: Excellence in Collegiate Varsity Tennis, Collegiate Varsity Performer of the Year and Collegiate Varsity Volunteer of the Year.
Kathy Rinaldi is a former Top 10 player in both singles and doubles, ranked as high as # 7 in the world. She won three singles titles and two doubles titles on the Sony Ericsson WTA tour. Rinaldi served as coach of the U.S. Fed Cup team under Captain Zina Garrison from 2006 to 2008, and has served as the Touring Pro at the Breakers of Palm Beach, FL, for ten years. Rinaldi had an illustrious junior career as well, winning eight USTA national junior titles as well as the Girls’ 18s title at the Orange Bowl International Junior Championships in 1981 at age 14.
Rinaldi is currently a USTA Lead National Coach who works full-time out of the USTA Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, FL and has been instrumental in helping a number of young American girls achieve strong results in the past few years to include two World Junior Cup championships in the Czech Republic (2009 and 2010) and a Junior Fed Cup title this year in Spain. Rinaldi has also coached Samantha Crawford to a title win at the 2011 USTA International Spring Championships in Carson, CA, and Caroline Doyle to the girls’ 16s title at the 2011 Easter Bowl in Rancho Las Palmas, CA. In 2012 Crawford qualified for the US Open Women’s championship and also won the US Open Junior Singles title while improving her WTA ranking from 980 to 270. In addition, Rinaldi has coached Taylor Townsend to become one of the highest-ranked junior players in the WTA. Townsend also won the 2012 Australian Open single and doubles titles, Wimbledon and US Open doubles titles, and is currently the world number one ITF junior player.
Rinaldi over the last eight years has also been a guest analyst/commentator for ESPN International and in 2011 was named the National Coach of the Year in the sport of tennis by the United States Olympic Committee.
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