ITA Coaches Convention
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About the ITA Coaches Convention
An annual event since 1985, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Coaches Convention is one of the best professional development opportunities for collegiate tennis coaches today.
Nearly 300 men's and women's college tennis coaches at all levels gather each year for the convention. The four-day convention is highlighted by some of the most influential people in the sport of tennis. In addition to offering clinics, panel discussions, awards banquet, a trade show and a chance to exchange ideas, the ITA Coaches Convention serves as the venue for the association’s annual meetings, which includes its Board of Director and Operating Committee sessions.
“The convention is always a very exciting time of the year for our Coaches Association,” says ITA Executive Director David A Benjamin. “Besides being able to take in great clinics and workshops at a beautiful resort in a great city, the coaches also have a forum to meet and discuss the important issues within college tennis today."
The 2014 ITA Coaches Convention took place at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Florida, December 12-15, 2014.
The 2014 featured speaker and awards presenter, courtesy of Wilson, was Eric Butorac, who has competed on the pro tour for the past decade, winning 15 ATP doubles titles along the way. In 2014, Eric had one of his most successful seasons, making his first grand slam final at the 2014 Australian Open with partner Raven Klaasen. Along the way, the pair beat the top-ranked Bryan Brothers, and they also notched a win over the Bryans in the final of the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships in Memphis. Eric reached the semifinals of the 2014 French Open mixed doubles event with partner Timea Babos of Hungary, and he has career wins over Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray. He is currently ranked #28 in the world in doubles.
A three-time ITA All-American while playing for Gustavus Adolphus College, Eric won the NCAA DIII Singles and Doubles Championships as well as the 2003 National Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship Award. He is the Vice President of the ATP Player Council and also serves as the volunteer assistant coach at Harvard University.