USTA/ITA Campus & Community Awards

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Deadline: October 17,2014


2013 Outreach award scroll 

Barragan, Hultquist win USTA/ITA National Campus & Community Outreach Award

 Methodist, Florida State coaches also among eight Sectional Winners

 

SKILLMAN, NJ (Dec. 5) -- The Intercollegiate Tennis Association and United States Tennis Association have named head coaches Francie Barragan and Dwayne Hultquist as recipients of the 2013 USTA/ITA National Campus & Community Outreach Award, one of college tennis' most esteemed awards.

Barragan, of Methodist University, and Hultquist, of Florida State University, both receive a travel stipend to attend the 2013 ITA Coaches Convention at the Waldorf Astoria in Naples, Florida, where they will be presented with their awards during the ITA Membership and Awards Banquet on Sunday, December 15.

 

The USTA/ITA National Campus & Community Outreach Award is presented this year to one men's and one women's college coach who provides a leadership role in increasing tennis participation throughout his or her community, both on and off campus. Among the USTA/ITA partner programs available to assist coaches in giving back are Campus Kids' Days, Kids 10 and Under, Campus Showdowns and Tennis On Campus.

 

Since becoming Methodist University's women's head coach in 2005, Barragan has led the Monarchs to a 163-30 record with seven regular season conference championships, six conference tournament championships and six NCAA Tournament appearances.

 

In addition to her team's on-court successes, Barragan has led numerous initiatives to get her community more involved in tennis. She regularly hosts USTA/ITA Campus Kids' Days, which help expose junior players, their parents and coaches to varsity college tennis team matches. In addition, Barragan hosts USTA/ITA Campus Showdowns, which are one-day, short format tournaments open to juniors, college players, professionals and adults.

 

Working on these events is a highlight for Barragan, and she says it's incredible to host them at Methodist University. "We have great volunteers, and hosting Campus Kids' Days has helped get fans to Methodist University tennis matches. We have great crowds now."

 

Barragan is committed to working together with local players of all ages, and she's also helped support Junior Team Tennis by running free junior tennis jamborees in addition to working with her local parks and recreation department to offer wheelchair tennis clinics.

 

Barragan, who previously worked at the USTA's North Carolina office, said from day one at Methodist University she was focused on getting her team involved with the local community. "I was determined to stick with that mission, which I learned from my experiences working for USTA North Carolina," she said. To that end, Barragan helped relaunch the local tennis association, the Cape Fear Regional Tennis Foundation, and is still involved as a board member.

 

She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for USTA North Carolina, where she became familiar with the collegiate programs. "My passion is raising awareness of the many opportunities that high school kids have to play tennis, from club tennis to the collegiate varsity level."

 

Barragan said, "It's incredibly humbling to be honored. Coming from a small Division III school, it's essential for us to be involved with the community, and for our players to get to know local players. It's important to give them that experience."

 

Dr. Ben E. Hancock, Jr., President of Methodist University, spoke highly of Barragan's achievement. "Thank you so much for bestowing this honor upon an invaluable member of our community and our tennis program, and for sharing our pride in the quality of our people," he said.

 

Like Barragan, Hultquist has seen a great deal of success on and off the tennis courts. At the helm of Florida State men's tennis for 15 years, Dwayne Hultquist has turned the Seminoles into one of the top programs in the Atlantic Coast Conference and the nation. His 183 career wins are a school record and he's led his team to 11 straight trips to the NCAA Championships.

 

Hultquist has brought his program to the forefront of 10 and Under Tennis initiatives by hosting events during Florida State University tennis matches this past spring, running several after-school programs for kids as part of its Seminole High Performance Tennis programs and working with 500 students from Robert's Elementary School in an event with the Florida State University tennis team.

 

He said exposing young kids to tennis is key, which is why he sees value in activities such as taking his team to a local elementary school. "Our guys invested one morning in what typically what would have been practice, and we turned it into reaching out to 500 kids. There was a lot of energy and enthusiasm and our team really embraced that and they did a great job. Hopefully some of those kids will take it up because we came out there," he said.

 

On campus, the team further supports the growth of tennis by holding Florida State University tennis club clinics and a free tennis day with Florida State University students, when 25 participating students got the chance to hit with Florida State University tennis players.

 

"I have a passion for the Florida State University tennis club. I want to see them be successful and improve their games. At the same time, those are the people that are coming out and watching our matches," Hultquist said. "By giving back and helping the club in turn we're building relationships that people want to follow us too. The Florida State University club now has 70 members, and we want tennis on campus to grow and more people to play as it will help us elevate our program as well."

 

For the past two years, Hultquist has teamed up with the USTA to host the USTA Collegiate Clay Court Invitational, a tournament that showcases both top college and junior players. This year's tournament was expanded to include both men and women, and Hultquist said he wants to grow it into one of the country's elite tournaments.  This year, he even helped secure 10 hours of live coverage on ESPN3.

 

"Every year we have to do something better," he said. "Getting college tennis more exposed is a really good thing, so the exposure of being on ESPN is a big deal."

 

On being awarded the 2013 USTA/ITA National Campus & Community Outreach Award, Hultquist says community outreach is something he strongly believes in. "I always try to involve the community. As coaches we want to win, and win at the highest level, but we need to be good role models and inspire other people and encourage them to take part in tennis," he said.

 

Barragan and Hultquist were selected from a group of USTA Sectional winners that included coaches of teams from different divisions. Award applications are open each year to ITA member varsity coaches from NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, NAIA and Junior & Community Colleges.

 

2013 USTA/ITA Sectional Campus & Community Outreach Award Winners  

(National winners in bold)

USTA Section

Coach

School

Florida

Dwayne Hultquist

Florida State University

Intermountain

Dean Clower

University of Wyoming

Midwest

Todd Wojtkowski

Case Western Reserve University

Northern California

Ryan Redondo

University of the Pacific

Pacific Northwest

Lisa Hart

Washington State University

Southern

Francie Barragan

Methodist University

Southwest

Erica Perkins Jasper

New Mexico

Texas

Michael Hunt

Texas Lutheran University

 

 

Past USTA/ITA National Award Recipients

2012  

Peter Wright, University of California, Berkeley (Campus & Community Outreach)

Chuck Willenborg, Johns Hopkins University (QuickStart Provider of the Year)

 

2011

Claire Pollard, Northwestern University (Campus & Community Outreach)

Matt Meredith, Slippery Rock University (QuickStart Provider of the Year)

 

2010

Brad Pearce, BYU (Campus & Community Outreach)
Derrick Racine, West Florida (QuickStart Provider of the Year)

 

2009

Kim Gidley, Air Force (Community Service)
Christine Davis, Smith College (Campus Recreation)

 

2008

Lisa Hart, Washington State (Community Service)
Bill Macom, Florida Tech (Campus Recreation)

 

2007

Craig Ward, Ouachita Baptist (Community Service)
Steve Wilkinson, Gustavus Adolphus (Campus Recreation)

 

2006

Chris Young, Wichita State (Community Service)
Dave Shook, Lehigh (Campus Recreation)

 

2005

Mike Gennette, California Lutheran (Community Service)
Dee Henry, Biola (Campus Recreation)

 

2004

J. Webb Horton, Florida Gulf Coast (Community Service)
Kai Fong, Lewis-Clark State (Campus Recreation)

 

2003

Greg Patton, Boise State (Community Service)
Laura Travis, Delaware (Campus Recreation) 

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