28th Annual ITA Coaches Convention Kicks Off Saturday
Emerson, Bollettieri, Smith among clinic presenters
NAPLES, FL (Dec. 14) -- More than 300 college coaches from NCAA, NAIA and Junior College teams will be attending the 28th annual Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Coaches Convention Saturday-Tuesday at the Waldorf Astoria Naples, Naples, FL.
The ITA Coaches Convention is one of the best professional development opportunities for collegiate tennis coaches today, providing them with the opportunity to receive continuing education, participate in important association business meetings and serve as leaders in promoting the growth of varsity college tennis.
The Convention kicks off on Saturday with the USTA Multicultural Coaching Symposium and the USTA Junior Showcase, a tennis tournament held on the clay courts of the Waldorf Astoria Naples that features some of Florida's most talented junior players hoping to catch the eyes of the coaches.
Throughout the week, the coaches will be treated to workshops led by some of the biggest names in the sport. Among the featured clinic presenters are 28-time Grand Slam champion Roy Emerson; world class coach and player developer Nick Bollettieri; and 2012 Wilson/ITA National Division I Coach of the Year Peter Smith (USC men).
In addition to offering clinics, panel discussions, an awards banquet, a trade show and a chance to exchange ideas, the ITA Coaches Convention is also the venue for the association's annual meetings, which includes ITA Operating Committee, Divisional Roundtable and General Membership sessions.
A highlight each year at the ITA Coaches Convention is the ITA Membership and Awards Banquet. On Monday evening, Smith, Stella Sampras Webster (UCLA women) and their fellow Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year winners from NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and Junior Colleges will be honored for their achievement during the 2011-12 season. In addition, Peter Wright of the University of California, Berkeley will receive the USTA/ITA National Campus and Community Outreach Award and Chuck Willenborg of Johns Hopkins University will be recognized as the USTA/ITA National QuickStart Provider of the Year. Also, the ITA will present two new awards this year. Julie Bliss will receive the ITA Collegiate Varsity Performer of the Year Award and Jennifer Reinbold will receive the ITA Collegiate Varsity Volunteer of the Year Award.
Roy Emerson will serve as the keynote speaker at the ITA Awards Banquet, courtesy of Wilson Sporting Goods. Before being inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1982, Emerson won a record 28 grand slam titles, 12 singles and 16 doubles, and is the record holder for most Davis Cup team championships with eight.
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