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By Sally Milano, USTA.com
For the first time ever, the USTA is honoring coaches across the country who have implemented a "no-cut" tennis policy that welcomes all students interested in playing on their school tennis teams without turning anyone away.
Twelve exceptional middle and high school coaches who implemented this “no-cut” policy were honored by being named to the 2013 No-Cut Coach All-Star Team. The coaches were nominated for the award by their respective USTA sections.
“These recipients embody what it means to be an advocate for our sport,” said Jason Jamison, National Manager, USTA Schools. “We are proud to recognize their efforts to ensure players of all levels are part of a team.”
The 2013 No-Cut Coach All-Star Team includes: Joe Arias, Center Moriches High School in Center Moriches, N.Y.; John Cyrus, El Dorado High School in Placentia, Calif.; Laura Ecton, Poudre High School in Fort Collins, Colo.; Kenneth Griffith, Henry E. Lackey High School in Indian Head, Md.; Ryan Hoag, Washburn High School in Minneapolis; Richard Johnson, La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, N.M.; Ryan Knarr, Conrad Weiser High School in Robesonia, Pa.; Kevin Knoch, Perry High School in Massillon, Ohio; Deanne Larsell, Benson High School in Portland, Ore.; David Riedmayer, Beaufort High School in Beaufort, S.C.; Troy Saulsbury, Kearney High School in Kearney, Neb.; and Vonda Harris-Webb, Grand Prairie High School in Grand Prairie, Texas.
Since 2006, more than 4,000 tennis coaches nationwide have made a commitment to offering a no-cut policy, with some programs consisting of more than 100 players on a high school team -- ensuring that young players experience the fun and fulfillment of playing tennis and participating in a school sport.
To qualify for the USTA No-Cut All-Star Team, coaches must be currently implementing a no-cut policy on their tennis teams, must currently registered with the USTA as a “no-cut” coach and must have coached tennis for a minimum of five years.
Click here to register as a no-cut coach or to learn more about the program and free registration incentives.