Joseph Gilbert was one of four coaches recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee.
By McCarton Ackerman, USTA.com
Four of the most celebrated coaches in the country have been honored by the U.S. Olympic Committee for their efforts to help grow the game.
Brian Boland, Joseph Gilbert, Gordon Uehling III and Jan Beerman all received U.S. Olympic Committee awards for their contributions to the sport of tennis last year. Boland was named National Coach of the Year, Gilbert was named Developmental Coach of the Year, Uehling III was given the Doc Counsilman Award for sports science and Beeman was recognized as Volunteer Coach of the Year.
Boland is in his 13th season as head men’s tennis coach at the University of Virginia, but he’s still setting major milestones for the team. He led the Cavaliers to a perfect 30-0 team record last year, a dream season that was capped off with their first-ever NCAA team championship. In addition, he helped guide Jarmere Jenkins and Mac Styslinger to the NCAA doubles title, and Jenkins also reached the NCAA singles final.
Gilbert, the owner and director of the JMG Tennis Academy at Arden Hills Resort & Spa in Sacramento, Calif., solidified his reputation for producing top-level junior players by coaching both the USTA Boys’ 18s and 12s national champions this past summer. Collin Altamirano, the 18s winner, was the first unseeded player to win the 18s title in the 71 years the tournament has been played in Kalamazoo, Mich.
“It’s going a real good way for us and we’re really excited about the future,” said Gilbert. “Collin was an amazing story, and Kalamazoo was something I’ll never forget. This gives you time to reflect and it’s good for us coaches since we are usually on the court and grinding it out. But this is definitely worth it to reflect back on what we’ve done.”
Uehling, the founder and managing director of CourtSense Tennis Training Center in Tenafly, N.J., has gained a reputation for implementing a cutting-edge approach to his coaching. Utilizing scientific techniques and equipment that include bio- and neuro-feedback, electronic stimulation and functional medicine, his center has produced numerous nationally ranked junior players. It also served for years as the training base for American Christina McHale, currently No. 59 in the WTA rankings.
Beeman currently serves as a secretary on the Dallas Tennis Association Board of Directors, but she’s gone above and beyond in helping grow the sport through her volunteer coaching work. She has spent the last five years working with the local National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) network chapter, where she has been applauded for making character and sportsmanship as much of a priority as on-court success. She has already received numerous honors including Volunteer of the Year for both the Dallas Tennis Association and the Dallas NJTL.
All four coaches are now eligible to receive the same USOC distinctions across all sports when those awards are distributed later this year.