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USTA Northern

Section Awards

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Each year, USTA Northern honors individuals and organizations that have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the growth and development of tennis with various sectional awards. Questions can be directed to Sandy Smith at The USTA Northern 2020 Awards and Hall of Fame Guide contains past award winners, criteria and additional information on the process.


Game, Set, Honor

USTA Northern Awards and Hall of Fame Banquet

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, MN

5:30-10 p.m.



Nominations for section awards are being accepted now!


USTA Northern Award Winners (view Hall of Fame inductees here)

Ward C. Burton Junior Development Award

This award is presented to an individual/organization who has promoted the growth of tennis for juniors and served the junior tennis community in USTA Northern. 



Recipient: Brian McCoy, Minneapolis, MN

Brian McCoy has coached many players who have continued to play into college and remain involved in the tennis community now. He has been involved with the USTA for 30 years, formerly serving as a board member for USTA Northern and he is the current president of USPTA Northern. His unwavering commitment to developing the next generation of tennis players and sparking their lifelong passion for the game makes him a deserving recipient of the Ward C. Burton Junior Development Award.


Frank Voigt Pro of the Year

The Frank Voigt Pro of the Year Award is given to a tennis teaching professional who demonstrates leadership skills on and off the court.


Recipient: Matt Boughton, Eau Claire, WI

Matt Boughton has coached top junior players in USTA Northern and has also served as a national coach for the section. He also runs quality section junior tournaments in Eau Claire, WI. Along with being a well-respected member of the tennis and pro communities in the section, Boughton currently serves on the USTA Northern Board of Directors.


Family of the Year

The Family of the Year Award is presented to a family that has been outstanding in promoting tennis both on and off the court.


Recipient: Tim and Jan Butorac Family, Rochester, MN

For nearly 40 years, the Tim and Jan Butorac Family has shown its commitment to promoting the game of tennis. The Butoracs have developed elite players and teaching pros (like sons Eric and Jeff) and are models for dedication and humility. The USTA Northern section and the players in it have benefited from their kindness, generosity and excellence.


Jerry Noyce Junior Sportsmanship Award

The Jerry Noyce Junior Sportsmanship Award is presented to one boy and one girl who not only display the finest qualities of sportsmanship during tournament play, but who demonstrate exemplary conduct away from the court as well.


Recipients: Aidan DeBoer, Sioux Falls, SD, and Monti Knewtson, Fargo, ND

A central facet of growing the sport is fair play and sportsmanship at every level.

Aidan DeBoer was awarded the Gerald Perry Junior Sportsmanship Award at the National Public Parks Tournament, is never questioned for line calls and continues to add to an impressive list of off-the-court accomplishments in addition to on-court success.

Monti Knewtson was awarded the sportsmanship award at Zonals in 2018 and is credited for her attitude as a teammate, offering unconditional support to others on and off the court.


Albert Teeter Adult Sportsmanship Award

This award is presented to the adult player who displays fairness and generosity while winning and losing with respect and integrity.


Recipient: Sara Hong, Minneapolis, MN

The Awards and Recognition Committee received seven letters of support from teammates, friends and her former captain detailing why Sara Hong is deserving of the Albert Teeter Adult Sportsmanship Award. Countless narratives in these letters provided a clear view of a player who serves as a model for sportsmanship and conduct on and off the tennis court.


Jack Dow Adult Development Award

The Jack Dow Adult Development Award honors the individual whose efforts have had the greatest impact on improving adult competitive and recreational play that year. Among individuals to be considered are tennis teaching professionals, tournament directors, USTA League tennis coordinators and captains and others.


Recipient: Rod Morasch, Bismarck, ND

Rod Morasch is credited with positively changing the environment at Capital Racquet and Fitness Center and growing adult programming at all levels, especially beginner and wheelchair players. He works with Bismarck and Mandan USTA adult league teams. His commitment to the game makes him a worthy recipient of the Jack Dow Adult Development Award.


Rocky Rockwell Grassroots Official Award

The Rocky Rockwell Grassroots Official Award was established in 2009 to honor an official who has done outstanding work as an official at the grassroots level. These people are the backbone of USTA officiating.


Recipient: Lisa Mushett, Apple Valley, MN

Lisa Mushett travels across the section and even beyond section borders to lend her services as an official. Additionally, she serves as a mentor to many new officials, helping to raise the quality and experience of the officials in the region. She is the first Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coordinator of Tennis Officials and serves as a USTA National Trainer conducting officiating clinics for both new and veteran officials across the United States. Lisa is considered an asset to the officiating and broader tennis landscape.


Wolfenson-Ratner Community Service Award

This award honors an individual for his/her outstanding fieldwork in recreational tennis. It is awarded for significant contributions in developing community-based tennis programs through community centers, schools, parks, and CTA's.


Recipient: Cindy Huether, Sioux Falls, SD

Cindy Huether has devoted 20 years to developing and growing tennis in Sioux Falls, SD. She was instrumental in the creation of Huether Family Match Pointe, an indoor tennis facility in Sioux Falls that is home to a variety of tournaments. Beyond tennis, Huether maintains a strong involvement in her community through local organizations.


Member Organization of the Year

The Member Organization of the Year recognizes outstanding service by clubs, CTA's, schools, NJTL Chapters, Park & Recreation Agencies and other member organizations. It represents a standard for which all member organizations can strive to achieve.


Recipient: Rochester Athletic Club, Rochester, MN

The Rochester Athletic Club (RAC) provides tennis play opportunities for both members and non-members. It is heavily involved with USTA Northern and provides a quality facility for camps, tournaments and more in Southern Minnesota.


For more information, please contact Sandy Smith at


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