2009 USTA/ITA Community Outreach and Campus Recreation Award Winners

 

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SKILLMAN, N.J. - The United States Tennis Association (USTA) and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced that U.S. Air Force Academy Head Women's Tennis Coach Kim Gidley has been named the national winner of the USTA/ITA Community Outreach Award and Christine Davis, the Women's Head Tennis Coach at Smith College is the national winner of the USTA/ITA Campus Recreation Award. Both coaches will be honored by the ITA and the USTA on Friday, December 18th at the ITA Coaches Convention being held at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Fla., during the ITA Welcoming and Awards Banquet.  
 
The USTA/ITA Community Outreach Award honors an ITA coach for significant contributions in developing community-based tennis programs through community centers, schools, parks, community tennis associations, inner city, suburban or rural programs. The USTA/ITA Campus Recreation Award honors an ITA coach who has done an outstanding job implementing the USTA's Tennis On Campus program or similar recreational tennis programs on campus in an effort to grow tennis participation within the campus community.
 
"Kim and Christine are great examples of coaches who give back to their communities and campuses," said ITA Executive Director David A Benjamin. “Our hope is that their extraordinary efforts inspire other varsity coaches to emulate the great work they are doing. We strongly believe that becoming more involved in local and campus community programming is vitally important for today's college coaches. These awards help highlight the coaches who have made crucial efforts through their involvement."
 
"The USTA is very proud of the contributions these extremely special coaches have made on their campuses and within their local communities," says Glenn Arrington, USTA National Manager of Tennis On Campus. "Not only do these fine coaches help pave the way for future generations of tennis players they provide leadership and example for hundreds of other coaches nationwide that can benefit from engaging in campus and community outreach."
 
This year's national winners were selected from a group of USTA Sectional winners determined this fall. This awards program, which began in 2003, was open to over 2,000 ITA head and assistant coaches at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College levels.
 
Kim Gidley, who is also the award winner for the USTA/Intermountain Section, is in her 14th season as a tennis coach and in her 12th as Head Coach of the U.S. Air Force Academy's women's tennis program. Gidley has made promoting tennis within the Colorado Springs community a priority in her time at USAFA. Some of the many accomplishments that Gidley can be credited with include programs designed for the local youth. "Girl Scout Badge for Tennis" allows girl scouts to earn a badge by taking part in a workshop put on by the players that teaches them the history of the game while learning how to serve and keep score.  "Kids Force" is an after-school program in its eighth year, that is designed to teach kids the game of tennis while keeping them off the streets. The "TESSA Pro/Am" is a great opportunity for kids and participants of all ages to team up in an event that serves as a social mixer with the community. Speaking of "Servicing the Community", this is a program that was recently started in which each team member has a pledge sheet for sponsors to make charitable donations for each ace they hit on the season.
 
Gidley has dedicated so much time and effort to boost the interests and the economy of the Colorado Springs area by hosting eight or nine tennis events each year including: the USAFA Fall Invite, USAFA Intramural Championships, the Air Force Sports and USTA Leadership Camps, the ITA Rocky Mountain Summer Circuit, USTA Campus Showdowns as well as the USTA West Zone Team Championships. All the while, Gidley serves as the Course Director for tennis at Air Force as well a USPTA instructor at the USPTA Intermountain Convention each February.
 
Christine Davis, who is in her 31st year of coaching, has spent her whole career as the Women's Head Coach at Smith College. She has been an annual staple for the USTA/ITA awards, having been named a sectional winner in 2004, '05 and '08 for her efforts in promoting college tennis on the Smith College campus and in the Northampton (MA) community. In fact, a few years ago, Davis' efforts were recognized by receiving an ITA/USTA Community Service Grant to further assist the funding of some of the great programs that Smith College has to offer on campus. The programs have continued to flourish under the direction of Davis and the many tennis enthusiasts in the community who are willing to donate their time and energy to make many of the tennis programs offered this year and the past possible.
 
Many of these programs are targeted to the local youth such as "The Youth Tennis Clinic", "Girl Scouts Plus" and "Rally Ball" which gives kids the opportunity to learn the game of tennis through various clinics administered by the Smith College tennis team. Each summer, the Smith tennis program offers free instruction to the neighboring housing project children as well as providing a week of coaching to inner-city children from Chicago each year. The local youth are not the only ones that can benefit from the great tennis programs that Smith College has to offer with events such as "Twilight Tennis", an opportunity to play under the lights for free of charge every Friday night. The rising popularity of Cardiotennis is also making an appearance on Smith campus with "Bootcamp", a program designed to play tennis while getting in shape. Davis' tennis program has also been instrumental in many national programs such as hosting USTA Campus Showdowns, QuickStart outings, and a series of clinics designed for the National Girl's and Women's Sports Day. Smith is currently on the Executive Board of the HCSC (Hampshire County Smith Club), a participant and administrator in the Babe Zaharias Golf and Tennis Classic, organized by the American Cancer Society, while also serving on the ITA Small College Operating Committee as a NCAA Division III representative.

Past National Award Recipients: 2008 - Lisa Hart, Washington State (Community Service), and Bill Macom, Florida Institute of Technology (Campus Recreation); 2007 - Craig Ward, Ouachita Baptist (Community Service), and Steve Wilkinson, Gustavus Adolphus (Community Outreach); 2006 - Chris Young, Wichita State (Community Service) and Dave Shook, Lehigh (Campus Recreation); 2005 - Michael Gennette, California Lutheran (Community Service) and Dee Henry, Biola (Campus Recreation); 2004 - J Webb Horton, Florida Gulf Coast  (Community Service) and Kai Fong, Lewis-Clark State (Campus Recreation); 2003 - Greg Patton, Boise State (Community Service) and Laura Travis, Delaware (Campus Recreation)


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USTA/ITA Community Outreach Award – USTA Sectional Winners 2009
(National Award Winners are in Bold Italics)
USTA Section 2009
Caribbean ---
Eastern ---
Florida Bill Macom, Florida Institute of Technology
Hawaii Pacific ---
Intermountain Kim Gidley, U.S. Air Force Academy
Mid-Atlantic Jim Thompson, Virginia Tech
Middle States Jeremy Loomis, Swarthmore
Midwest Gene Orlando, Michigan State
Missouri Valley ---
New England Alex Dorato, Yale University
Northern Jessie Daw, Northern State University
Northern California Peter Wright, California
Pacific Northwest ---
Southern Francie Barragan, Methodist University
Southern California Paul Settles, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges
Southwest ---
Texas ---
USTA/ITA Community Outreach Award – USTA Sectional Winners 2007 & 2008
(National Award Winners are in Bold Italics)
USTA Section 2007 2008
Caribbean --- ---
Eastern Da-lai Wu, City Coll. of New York ---
Florida Sasha Schmid, Stetson Univ. Chi Ly, Palm Beach Atlantic Univ.
Hawaii Pacific --- Stefan Pampulov, Hawaii Pacific Univ.
Intermountain Kristen Hall, Univ. of Wyoming Mark Tichenor, Boise State Univ.
Mid-Atlantic Patrick Breen, Longwood Univ.
Middle States Martin Coyne, Bloomsburg Univ. Matthew Meredith, Slippery Rock Univ.
Midwest Dann Nelson, Southern Illinois Univ.-Carbondale ---
Missouri Valley Chase Hodges, Drake Univ. ---
New England Filipe Miguel, Bridgewater State Coll. ---
Northern --- ---
Northern California Dave Griffin, Sacramento City Coll. Marc Weinstein, Mills Coll.
Pacific Northwest Gail Patton, Southern Oregon Univ. Lisa Hart, Washington State Univ.
Southern Craig Ward, Ouachita Baptist Univ. Bill Riddle, Cumberland Univ.
Southern California --- ---
Southwest Don Ball, New Mexico State ---
Texas Jason Haynes, Lee Coll. Bobby Kleinecke, Texas A&M Univ.
USTA/ITA Community Outreach Award – USTA Sectional Winners 2005 & 2006
(National Award Winners are in Bold Italics)
USTA Section 2005 2006
Caribbean --- ---
Eastern Gary Glassman, Stony Brook Russell Crispell, Univ. at Buffalo
Florida Bruce Carrington, St. Thomas Dwayne Hultquist, Florida State
Hawaii Pacific --- ---
Intermountain Nicole Kenneally, Colorado Nicole Kenneally, Univ. of Colorado
Mid-Atlantic Darryl Cummings, Old Dominion Cinda Rankin, Washington & Lee Univ.
Middle States Lori Sabatose, Clarion Jim Holt, Gwynedd-Mercy Coll.
Midwest Timon Corwin, Kalamazoo Frank Barnes, Univ. of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Missouri Valley Andy Hamilton, Grinnell Chris Young, Wichita State Univ.
New England Julie Greenwood, Williams Jeffrey T. Wyshner, Fairfield Univ./Univ. of Akron
Northern --- Scott Larsen, St. Benedict
Northern California Marc Weinstein, Mills Coll. Marc Weinstein, Mills Coll.
Pacific Northwest Lisa Hart, Washington State Lisa Hart, Washington State
Southern Bill Riddle, Cumberland Billy Pate, Univ. of Alabama
Southern California Michael Gennette, Cal Luthernan Paul Settles, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Coll.s
Southwest --- Lancy Lan-Shi Carr, GateWay Community Coll.
Texas Lance Drake, Tarleton Cari Groce, Texas Tech
USTA/ITA Community Outreach Award – USTA Sectional Winners 2003 & 2004
(National Award Winners are in Bold Italics)
USTA Section 2003 2004
Caribbean ---
Eastern --- Annette Shapiro, Nazareth Coll.
Florida Bruce Carrington, St. Thomas Univ. J. Webb Horton, Florida Gulf Coast Univ.
Hawaii Pacific --- David Porter, BYU-Hawaii
Intermountain Greg Patton, Boise State Univ. Jon Messick, Colorado State Univ.
Mid-Atlantic David Detwiler, Washington & Lee Univ. ---
Middle States --- Dawn Benner, Moravian Coll.
Midwest --- Kevin Brandalik, Ferris State Univ.
Missouri Valley Roger Follmer, Washington Univ. (St. Louis) ---
New England --- Julie Greenwood, Williams
Northern --- ---
Northern California George Husack, Santa Clara Univ. Marc Weinstein, Mills Coll.
Pacific Northwest Lisa Hart, Washington State Univ.
Southern Jeff Childress, Pfeiffer Univ. Scott Handback, Queens Univ. of Charlotte
Southern California Tina Karwasky, Cal State Los Angeles ---
Southwest --- Sheila McInerney, Arizona State Univ.
Texas --- Tim Cass, Texas A&M Univ.
USTA/ITA Campus Recreation Award – USTA Sectional Winners 2009
(National Award Winners are in Bold Italics)
USTA Section 2009
Caribbean ---
Eastern Ben Bucca, Jr., Rutgers University
Florida Chi Ly, Palm Beach Atlantic University
Hawaii Pacific ---
Intermountain Brad Pearce, Brigham Young University
Mid-Atlantic Keith Puryear, U.S. Naval Academy
Middle States ---
Midwest ---
Missouri Valley ---
New England Dave Fish, Harvard University
Northern ---
Northern California ---
Pacific Northwest ---
Southern Alison Ojeda, Middle Tennessee State University
Southern California ---
Southwest ---
Texas Sujay Lama, University of North Texas
At-Large Christine Davis, Smith College
USTA/ITA Campus Recreation Award – USTA Sectional Winners 2007 & 2008
(National Award Winners are in Bold Italics)
USTA Section 2007 2008
Caribbean --- ---
Eastern --- ---
Florida Derrick Racine, Univ. of West Florida Bill Macom, Florida Inst. of Tech.
Hawaii Pacific ---
Intermountain --- Michael Phillips, Montana State Univ.
Mid-Atlantic --- Marc Walters, West Virginia Univ.
Middle States Kathy Sell, Princeton Univ. ---
Midwest --- ---
Missouri Valley --- Chase Hodges, Drake Univ.
New England --- Chris Davis, Smith Coll.
Northern Steve Wilkinson, Gustavus Adolphus Coll. ---
Northern California Bob Hansen, UC Santa Cruz ---
Pacific Northwest Gail Patton, Southern Oregon Univ. ---
Southern Connie Keasling, Murray State Univ. ---
Southern California --- ---
Southwest --- ---
Texas Cari Groce, Texas Tech Univ. John Peterson, Tyler Jr. Coll.
USTA/ITA Campus Recreation Award – USTA Sectional Winners 2005 & 2006
(National Award Winners are in Bold Italics)
USTA Section 2005 2006
Caribbean --- ---
Eastern --- Ira Miller, Fairleigh Dickinson Univ.
Florida --- ---
Hawaii Pacific --- ---
Intermountain Brad Pearce, BYU ---
Mid-Atlantic Constantine Ananiadis, Washington (MD) ---
Middle States Dave Shook, Lehigh Lori Sabatose, Clarion Univ.
Midwest Al Wermer, Univ. of Toledo
Missouri Valley Lisa Johnson, Oklahoma Christian Chase Hodges, Drake Univ.
New England Christine Davis, Smith Chuck Kinyon, Dartmouth Coll.
Northern --- ---
Northern California Peter Wright, California ---
Pacific Northwest Carl Swanson, Linfield Gail Patton, Southern Oregon Univ.
Southern Mary Ann Sunbury, Pfeiffer James Cuthbertson, Johnson C. Smith Univ.
Southern California Dee Henry, Biola Paul Settles, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Coll.s
Southwest --- ---
Texas --- ---
At-Large --- Dave Shook, Lehigh
USTA/ITA Campus Recreation Award – USTA Sectional Winners 2003 & 2004
(National Award Winners are in Bold Italics)
USTA Section 2003 2004
Caribbean --- ---
Eastern --- Benjamin Bucca, Rutgers Univ.
Florida --- Derrick Racine, Univ. of West Florida
Hawaii Pacific --- ---
Intermountain Kim Gidley, U.S. Air Force Academy ---
Mid-Atlantic Joe Blankenship, Concord State Coll. ---
Middle States Laura Travis, Univ. of Delaware Scott Dicheck, The Coll. of New Jersey
Midwest Scott Wills, Ohio Northern Univ. Scott Wills, Ohio Northern Univ.
Missouri Valley Sue Ortel, Luther Coll. ---
New England --- Christine Davis, Smith Coll.
Northern --- Janna LaFountaine, Coll. of St. Benedict
Northern California ---
Pacific Northwest --- Kai Fong, Lewis-Clark State Coll.
Southern Alan Kramer, Abraham Baldwin Coll. Scott Pennington, Millsaps Coll.
Southern California Dee Henry, Biola Univ. Jamie Sanchez, Loyola Marymount Univ.
Southwest --- ---
Texas Jamie Bert Donjuan, Laredo Community Coll. ---
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