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Lehigh's Shook, Wichita State's Young to be honored by USTA and ITA

May 25, 2008 11:47 AM

SKILLMAN, N.J. -- Wichita State University Director of Tennis Chris Young has been named the national winner of the USTA/ITA Community Service Award and Lehigh University men's and women's tennis coach Dave Shook is the national winner of the USTA/ITA Campus Recreation Award. They will be honored on December 15 at the ITA Coaches Convention at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami, during the ITA Membership and Awards Banquet.

The USTA/ITA Community Service 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 recreational tennis programs on campus in an effort to grow tennis participation.

"Dave and Chris are great examples of coaches who give back to their communities and campuses and our hope is that their efforts continue to inspire other varsity coaches to emulate the great work they are doing," says ITA Executive Director David A Benjamin. "We strongly believe that community service and campus recreation programs are vital for today's college coach to become involved in and these awards help highlight the coaches who have gone above and beyond in their efforts."

This year's national winners were selected from a group of USTA Sectional winners determined this fall (and listed below). 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.

Young, who is also the award winner for the USTA/Missouri Valley Section, is in his third season as Director of Tennis for the men's and women's programs at WSU. He has spent countless hours working to promote tennis in the Wichita area with fresh, new programs and events throughout the entire year. Just a few of the numerous programs he has been a part of include: tennis carnivals, fundraising and promotion for wheelchair tennis, a successful pro-am with his WSU programs at a local club, use of ball kids at home matches, clinics and speaking engagements with local high school coaches and hosting several city and high school tournaments at the WSU tennis complex. He has also formed a doubles league for Wichita State faculty and staff and assisted with a USTA Tennis on Campus program there for students. All the while, he worked tirelessly to promote his successful Shocker tennis teams to build attendance at home matches, awareness on campus of them and the support of the local media.

Shook is in his 17th season at Lehigh and was an at-large candidate for the national award after receiving the section award from USTA/Middle States in 2005. In addition to numerous efforts within his community, Shook has done outstanding work growing tennis on the Lehigh campus. He started a club program for non-varsity players and in just a few years it has grown to over 100 players and includes a traveling team that competes in organized matches and tournaments throughout the year. He holds an annual walk-on tournament for a spot on the varsity teams and assists the players who do not win the tournament in getting spots on the club team. Shook helps organize "Friday Night Tennis Parties" on the Lehigh campus, offering the student body fun, non-alcoholic alternatives throughout the year. This month he is also hosting a second annual USTA "Tennis Carnival" on campus.

USTA/ITA Community Service Award – Sectional Winners:
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.

Eastern - Russell Crispell, University at Buffalo
Florida - Dwayne Hultquist, Florida State
Intermountain - Nicole Kenneally, University of Colorado
Mid-Atlantic - Cinda Rankin, Washington & Lee University
Middle States - Jim Holt, Gwynedd-Mercy College
Midwest - Frank Barnes, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Missouri Valley - Chris Young, Wichita State University
Northern - Scott Larsen, St. Benedict
New England - Jeffrey T. Wyshner, Fairfield University/University of Akron
Northern California - Marc Weinstein, Mills College
Pacific Northwest - Lisa Hart, Washington State University
Southern - Billy Pate, University of Alabama
Southern California - Paul Settles, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges
Southwest - Lancy Lan-Shi Carr, GateWay Community College
Texas - Cari Groce, Texas Tech

USTA/ITA Campus Recreation Award – Sectional Winners:
Honors an ITA coach who has done an outstanding job implementing recreational tennis programs on campus in an effort to grow tennis participation.

Eastern - Ira Miller, Fairleigh Dickinson University
Middle States - Lori Sabatose, Clarion University
Midwest - Al Wermer, Univ. of Toledo
Missouri Valley - Chase Hodges, Drake University
New England - Chuck Kinyon, Dartmouth College
Pacific Northwest - Gail Patton, Southern Oregon University
Southern - James Cuthbertson, Johnson C. Smith University
Southern California - Paul Settles, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges

 

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