New USTA Iowa President Comes Full Circle
Waterloo resident Brenton Kuchera will be the new USTA Iowa President starting on March 27, 2022, following the Spring meeting. Kuchera has been playing tennis since he was in elementary school, and currently coaches the girls’ tennis team at Waterloo West High School. He has been active in the USTA and the Iowa Tennis Association and looks forward to his new role.
Kuchera’s USTA involvement comes full circle after he served as the captain for the University of Northern Iowa’s Tennis On Campus team, then worked his way up the USTA Iowa leadership ranks. USTA Missouri Valley awarded Kuchera a Gold Star in 2020. You can read more about that achievement here.
“I want to start building our volunteer base at a grassroots level starting with our Community Tennis Associations,” he said, adding that he also wants to grow youth tennis in Iowa. “I am excited about the direction we are currently going in youth programming and want to continue fostering the love for the sport at a young age and improving the competition level.”
Kuchera said the Pandemic in 2020 showed everyone how important it was to be flexible and innovative, and hopes to continue that way of thinking as new variants arise, and considering what the ‘new normal’ will look like in 2022.
“Change is never easy, but it can also be full of opportunity,” Kuchera said. “This is why I am excited for the opportunity to talk with representatives from other districts in our section so that we can collaborate together on lessons that we have all learned that could potentially benefit each other.”
Kuchera teaches at Waterloo West High School. He and his wife have two kids, and he hopes to get them playing tennis as soon as they can, though his four-year old daughter does have her own racquet.
You can contact Brenton with any USTA Iowa questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.