Jaime Kenney Appointed Director of Member Programs of ITA
SKILLMAN, NJ (July 2) - Jaime Kenney has been appointed the Director of Member Programs of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, with her role set to begin on July 13, 2015. ITA Chief Executive Officer Timothy Russell stated, "With a renewed and heightened commitment to serving the needs of our membership and sport, Jaime's experience, boundless energy, and enthusiasm will contribute much to the exciting new era of the ITA. I am particularly delighted to add someone with a Division III background and involvement with Student-Athlete Advisory Committees to our team."
Kenney's responsibilities will include administering the ITA's extensive awards program, overseeing membership services, advocacy/outreach/community engagement, as well as other current and future member programs.
Kenney said, "Tim's commitment to the members is what really stood out when we met. I am honored he has entrusted me with the tasks of supporting the membership, building outstanding programs, and working to enrich our member's experience. The membership is the ITA. We need to be focused on continually doing whatever we can to be there for them, and support them so they can achieve their personal and program goals. Our member's success is the best way to grow our sport."
Kenney comes to the ITA after stints at Babson College (2014-15) and Tufts University (2009-14). Before taking the courts as a coach, she worked as a Senior Financial Analyst at Fidelity Investments after earning her B.S. in Management and Finance from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
While she was the assistant men's and women's tennis coach at Babson, the men set the program record for most wins in a single season and earned their first ever win against conference rival MIT, snapping the Engineers' 119-match conference winning streak. The women earned their first NCAA appearance in program history and achieved their highest national ranking (No. 13).
Billy Pate, head men's coach at Princeton University and chair of the ITA Division I Men's Operating Committee commented,"Jaime is one of the most passionate and hard-working individuals in the tennis industry. She's undoubtedly an ideal fit for the ITA and offers vast experience in coaching, athletic administration and leadership -not to mention experience in the private sector and financial industry. Her strong interpersonal skills will pay immediate dividends for the ITA."
At Tufts, she served as the assistant women's coach from 2009-11 before being named the men's coach in 2011, a role she held until her move to Babson in 2014. The women's team earned its first ever berth in the NCAA Quarterfinals and a program-high national ITA Ranking of No. 5. The Jumbos' achievements included the 2010 NCAA Singles Championship, an ITA National Team Sportsmanship Award, and an ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. National Leadership and Sportsmanship Award winner, while Kenney earned ITA Northeast Assistant Coach of the Year honors in 2011. Under Kenney's tutelage, the men's program made back-to-back conference championship appearances for the first time in program history and achieved ITA All-Academic Team honors all three years.
During her tenure at Tufts, Kenney was named lead faculty advisor for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, overseeing 70 student-athletes who were active in leadership and enrichment programs in the athletic department. She worked with academic deans, the university president and trustees in creating a voice for student-athletes - working to help implement programs such as Step Up, You Can Play, Level the Field, and the Special Olympics.
Tufts SAAC Vice President Johanna Clair reflected on her time working with Kenney by saying,"Jaime's dedication as a coach to her sport is unparalleled, but it's her passion for and commitment to developing student-athletes into better people that has always impressed me. I would not have been the student or athlete that I was at Tufts, nor would I be the person I am today, if it weren't for Jaime's influence."
Kenney added, "I love coaching tennis, but my time working with SAAC and interacting with student-athletes and faculty was incredibly rewarding. I'm so proud of the work we did collectively. It's what sparked a desire to transition to an even broader administrative, leadership role."
Alison Swain, head women's coach of the NCAA Division III powerhouse Williams College Ephs, expressed her delight in the hire, saying, "Jaime's skills in fostering community, supporting those she works with and passion for the game will all serve to make her an invaluable asset to the ITA and college tennis. Jaime not only understands college tennis at every level, she cares deeply about coaches and student-athletes. I have no doubt that she will bring innovation and enthusiasm to her new role with the ITA."
Kenney concludes, "I'm excited to work with Tim, Erica, and the entire ITA team. And I'm especially excited to begin working for our members. The ITA and college tennis have given me so many opportunities. I'm committed to giving back and working to ensure we are doing all we can to give -student-athletes, coaches, and entire college communities an unparalleled experience."
About the ITA
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) is the governing body of college tennis, overseeing men's and women's varsity tennis at NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College. The ITA administers a comprehensive awards and rankings program for men's and women's varsity players, coaches and teams in all divisions, providing recognition for their accomplishments on and off the court. For more information on the ITA, visit the ITA website at www.itatennis.com, like the ITA on Facebook or follow @ITAtennis on Twitter.