NAPLES, FL - The 26th annual Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Coaches Convention will take place at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Fla., December 16-19, 2010.
The 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 ITA Coaches Convention. The four-day convention is highlighted by some of the most influential people in the sport of tennis.
Luke Jensen, Nick Bollettieri and Emilio Sanchez headline a line-up of outstanding clinicians. In addition to offering clinics, panel discussions, an 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 include the ITA Board of Director and Operating Committee and General Membership meetings.
Jensen, courtesy of Wilson Sporting Goods, will be the featured keynote speaker at the ITA Welcoming and Awards Banquet, honoring the 2010 Wilson/ITA National Coaches of the Year and the USTA/ITA Campus & Community Outreach and the USTA/ITA Campus QuickStart Provider of the Year Award winners.
A former highly successful professional player and tennis broadcaster, Jensen began his coaching career with Syracuse in 2007. His professional resume includes 10 ATP Tour doubles titles and singles victories against world-renown athletes. Jensen was a member of the 1991 and 1992 Davis Cup teams and won the 1993 French Open doubles title with his brother, Murhpy. In addition to his on-court experience, Jensen has served as a tennis analyst for ESPN since 1994, covering all four major tournaments, including Wimbledon and the French, Australian and US Opens.
Nick Bollettieri is one of the most influential people in the world of tennis and a legend who has transcended the sport. In 1978, he founded the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy (NBTA) in Florida. The NBTA was the first full-time tennis boarding school to combine intense training on the court with a custom-designed academic curriculum. What was once a program of primarily on-court training has evolved into a multi-faceted approach which includes blending the technical and strategic on-court training with specialized performance physical training and mental conditioning. The Bollettieri approach not only builds athletes on the court, but more importantly, prepares them for a successful life off the court as well.
Emilio Sanchez, courtesy of Academia Sanchez-Casal, is a Spanish great who achieved his major success on the pro tour in the late '80's and early '90's, particularly in doubles. In all, Sanchez claimed 15 singles titles, reaching as high as No. 7 in singles while amassing 50 doubles titles (including five Grand Slams), a No. 1 world ranking and a 1988 Olympics Silver Medal in doubles. After retiring in 1997, Sanchez captained the Spanish Davis Cup Team for three years before joining the Brazilian tennis confederation where he is currently stationed.
In continuing with the success of the ITA mentoring program, four highly experienced head coaches will lead the inaugural ITA Coaches Mentorship Forum, sharing their insight on important topics for today's young coaches. This small group format will provide a setting that will encourage discussion between the moderator and all participants at each of the four stations.
"The convention is always a very exciting time of the year for our Coaches Association," ITA Executive Director David A Benjamin said. "Besides being able to participate in great clinics and workshops at a beautiful resort in a great city, the coaches also have the special opportunity to meet and discuss the important issues impacting college tennis today."
As the governing body of collegiate tennis, the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community. The ITA, which is comprised of nearly 1,700 men's and women's varsity coaches representing over 1,200 institutions, administers numerous regional and national championships and the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings for over 15,000 college varsity student-athletes at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior College levels. The ITA also has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics, leadership and sportsmanship. The official ITA web site is www.itatennis.com.