Prinos Accepts Executive Position in University of Pennsylvania Athletics Department
Prinos started with the ITA in the fall of 2001 focusing on the ITA Awards and Outreach programs and had her role expanded after only a few weeks to include oversight of all ITA Events & Championships and to help with the ITA Rankings program. She has navigated nearly all departments of the organization while working her way to her current role as Associate Director and COO.
"I would like to thank David Benjamin and the ITA Board of Directors for allowing me to serve the ITA, its members and the college tennis community for the past 14 years," Prinos said. "Even though I am very excited to begin a new chapter at the University of Pennsylvania, the ITA and college tennis will always have a special place in my heart. I'll take with me the extraordinary accomplishments of the association and will cherish the fond memories and the special relationships I've made along the way. It truly has been an honor working for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association."
During her time with the ITA, Prinos has been instrumental in overseeing and improving the ITA events, awards, communications and rankings programs. Among many other achievements, she orchestrated the expansion of the ITA Summer Circuit program, which has seen a 30% increase in program participation. Most recently, she has played an important role in helping to secure the ITA's major new partnership with Oracle.
"It is impossible to overstate the vital importance of Angel's role with the ITA", said ITA Executive Director David A Benjamin. "We have worked closely together on strategic planning, a wide variety of sponsorship programs and our key alliances with the NCAA and the USTA. Her understanding of the issues and challenges facing the ITA and college tennis, and her exceptional ability to network with so many of our ITA coaches and partners within and outside of the tennis industry, has been a major factor in the continuing growth of the ITA as the governing body of college tennis. We all wish Angel great success in her new career at Penn and we will miss her greatly."
At Penn, Prinos will work closely with M. Grace Calhoun, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation to help advance the division's strategic objectives and priorities.
"After having many, many conversations with Angel over the past year about this projected opportunity at the University of Pennsylvania, I can attest this was a decision she did not arrive at easily," Calhoun said. "Angel has always thrown her heart and soul into her work, and David Benjamin and the ITA membership have been like family to her. I saw this first-hand in the time we spent together at the Patriot League conference office earlier in Angel's career. While she won't be housed in the ITA office after July, the ITA will have a life-long friend and advocate."
Her dedication and service to college tennis and the ITA has been noted by many, many coaches, as highlighted by these comments from several members of the ITA Board of Directors:
"Angel has had a tremendous influence on the culture of the ITA," said Beverly Buckley, Rollins head women's tennis coach. "As the Associate Director and right-hand person to David Benjamin, her positive energy will be missed as she pursues another chapter in her life at Penn."
Sheila McInerney, head women's tennis coach at Arizona State University, said, "I just want to express how happy I am for Angel as she takes on this new leadership role at the University of Pennsylvania. Angel was the consummate professional who helped transform the ITA during her tenure. The ITA staff, coaches and student-athletes will miss her a great deal and we all wish Angel nothing but the best in her future."
"Angel Prinos has worked tirelessly and successfully at David Benjamin's side over the last 14 years to make the ITA one of the finest and most effective tennis organizations in the world," Harvard head men's tennis coach Dave Fish said. "We have always been able to count on her good judgment, dedication, sharp wit and keen sense of humor. Thank you, Angel, for your service and friendship, and good luck in your exciting new challenge."
About the ITA
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 Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings for over 20,000 college varsity student-athletes at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and junior/community 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 website is ITAtennis.com.