The Collegiate Varsity Committee plays an important role in giving support, guidance and feedback to the USTA Junior and Collegiate Competition Department regarding collegiate varsity tennis. The Committee provides input in shaping the agenda for each two year cycle. During this particular two-year term, the Committee will help create and implement a comprehensive strategic plan that will provide direction for years into the future.
Perhaps the most important role of the Committee is to help the organization understand that Collegiate Varsity Tennis is not only an integral part of the player development pathway (10 & Under to Junior to College to Professional) but also is central to growing future champions off the court. Many of today’s leaders in the organization--both staff and volunteer--played collegiate varsity tennis. The lessons learned competing in intercollegiate athletics, and particularly in an individual sport like tennis, provide the tools for living a successful life of leadership and contribution.
The Committee will help the organization put its footprint on college varsity tennis. To do this, there must be excellent cross-pollination with the other player development departments as well as vertical integration along the player development pathway. In time, every junior player who heads to college to play varsity tennis will remember the USTA.
2011-12 Collegiate Varsity Committee Members
Andy Andrews – Southern
David Benjamin – Middle States
Lisbeth Blum – Southern California
John Callen – Southern (ED Liaison)
Maria Cercone – Florida
Timon Corwin – Midwest (Chair)
Roberta Feldman – Eastern
Tim Heckler – Texas
Fred Ho – Southern California
J. Webb Horton – Florida (Vice-Chair)
Sheila McInerney – Southwest
Stephanie Nickitas – Florida
Billy Pate – Southern
Brad Pearce – Intermountain
Erica Perkins – National Staff
Brett Schwartz – Southern
Kathy Sell-Smith – Southern
Peter Wright – Northern California
2011-12 Committee Charge:
To promote the growth of American collegiate varsity tennis and its role as an important pathway for tennis development; and in partnership with the ITA to generate public support for the well-being and long-term future of American collegiate varsity tennis.