November Captain of the Month: Nancy Casale
USTA Middle States November Captain of the Month | Eastern Pennsylvania District
For about 13 years, Nancy Casale has been involved as a USTA League Tennis captain in the eastern Pennsylvania tennis community. There, she has captained or co-captained teams in the 18, 40, 55 & 65 and Over categories.
Playing out of Split Rock Resort and Northwood Racquet Club, Casale strives to welcome players from all over northeast Pa, which is one of the reasons she was named USTA Middle States Captain of the Month for November.
Casale mentioned it can sometimes be difficult to find players in the Poconos area, especially during ski season, but she still manages to string together a full team every season. She has maintained a loyal and dedicated team, having the same eight women come back on one of her teams every year for the past 20 years.
And what else makes her teams so unique?
The age range of players she recruits for her rosters. She has players in their 60s, 70s and 80s competing in League Tennis.
"One of our oldest players is 87 years old playing in a 40 and over league," she said. "About half our team is either in their 70s or 80s.”
In her 13 years of captaining, Casale’s teams have qualified for Nationals three times, placing third in 2010.
She mentioned it was one of her proudest moments as a USTA League captain and has always loved the groups of women she has led.
"I enjoy the girls, the camaraderie, the close-knit family feeling, the satisfaction," she said. "It is just exciting to have the girls play together. We have a lot of fun."
Casale tries to stay connected with all the ladies she has captained over the years .
"I'm very proud of all the women I have ever captained," she said. "I love the job. It takes time and it takes effort, but captaining is very rewarding."