Burke, Frueh Named To
Northern Hall of Fame
USTA Northern | August 16, 2017
Timothy Burke (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Brent Frueh (Rochester, Minn.) have been selected for enshrinement into the USTA Northern Hall of Fame. Burke and Frueh will be inducted Friday, Nov. 17, at Minnesota Valley Country Club in Bloomington, Minn., as part of the 2017 USTA Northern Annual Awards Dinner. The celebration of USTA Northern’s best opens with a reception from 6:00-7:00 p.m., followed by dinner, awards and the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased by contacting Lisa Mushett at email@example.com or at (952) 358-3282.
The USTA Northern Hall of Fame started as the Minnesota Hall of Fame in 1979. Bob Larson, who was editor of Midwest Tennis Magazine and a resident of Edina, Minn., founded the Hall of Fame and inducted seven people in the original class including JJ Armstrong, Jeanne Arth, Ward C. ADVERTISEMENT Burton, Bill Kuross, Norm MacDonald, Muriel Magnusson Cooper and Frank Voigt.
The USTA Northern Hall of Fame currently has 108 members with the additions of Burke and Frueh, and is housed at the Fred Wells Tennis and Education Center in St. Paul, Minn., thanks to a generous gift from 2003 Hall of Fame inductee Fred Wells.
2017 USTA Northern Hall of Fame Inductees
Originally from Rochester, Minn., Burke, who started teaching tennis at age 16, earned finalist honors in doubles at the state tournament for Mayo High School. He played two years at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., where he was the MIAC singles and doubles champion in 1970. Burke then transferred to the University of Minnesota and played for the Gophers in 1972.
After graduating from the U, Burke joined the Peace Corps as an English teacher in Africa. Burke was named the National Tennis Coach for Nigeria, leading them to a gold medal at the All-African Games in 1973.
He returned to the Twin Cities, serving as the Director of Adult and Junior Camps at Carleton College and the Minneapolis Tennis Club before becoming co-director at the Richfield Teaching Center with current USTA Northern Hall of Famer Greg Lappin. There he created a program called Adult STP, similar to today’s Cardio Tennis, offering pre- and post-performance testing for its participants.
During this time, Burke started wheelchair tennis in the Section, coaching 30 players between 1983-93. He was the head of wheelchair tennis for both the USPTA Northern Division and USTA Northern and served as Twin Cities National Wheelchair Team head coach, as well as the personal coach of nationally-ranked player Scott McNiese. He was the tournament director of the wheelchair division at the National Public Parks Championships and won a gold ball in the Stand-Up/Sit-Down Division. He still works today with USTA Northern’s wheelchair programs at Sister Kenny in Minneapolis.
Burke has served as the head pro at Normandale Tennis Club and Minnesota Tennis Camps at Baseline Tennis Center and was an assistant coach at Bethel University from 2008-12. He also worked with former Minnesota state high school champions Dusty and Toby Boyer and has been a volunteer coach at Harding and Humboldt High Schools in St. Paul and Minneapolis Southwest High Schools. Currently, he is a teaching professional at Life Time Fitness Fridley and Assistant Girls Varsity coach at Minneapolis Southwest High School with fellow USTA Northern Hall of Famer Susie Neet.
A member of the USTA for over 50 years and the USPTA, Burke served as a USPTA Northern Division Board Member for 35 years, including as President, and was a member of the USPTA National Nominating Committee. He was named the USPTA Northern Division Pro of the Year in 2004 and led the USTA Northern “Tennis Across America” campaign in the 90s.
An avid USTA League and Adult Tournament player and captain, Burke has won six League section championships and was a member of the USTA Northern 50 & Over League National Championship team in 2004. He won the National Public Parks doubles title in 1984 and 1990, the USTA Northern 35s Doubles Section title (1985), as well as a gold medal in doubles and a silver medal in singles at the 2015 National Senior Games.
Burke’s reach is still worldwide as he returned to Cape Town, South Africa, in both 2012 and 2015 teaching tennis to four different low-income townships in the area and donating tennis racquets to these communities. He is a published author and accomplished speaker, penning The Strategy Circle, and presenting at a number of conferences in the Section.
Burke and his wife Shelia Hickey of South Bend, Ind., have two daughters, Anna and Maggie, and two grandsons JJ and Charlie.
Rochester, Minn. (originally from Minot, N.D.)
Frueh was born and raised in Minot, N.D., where he started playing tennis as a sophomore in high school. He played collegiately at Minot State University before transferring to the University of North Dakota in 1987, where he walked on the team. He finished his collegiate career, winning conference championships in singles and doubles, as well as leading his team to the conference title in 1989.
After graduation, Frueh moved to Bismarck, N.D., where he worked as the Facility Manager at Capital Racquet and Fitness Center and also was responsible for the tennis program for Bismarck Parks and Recreation. While at Capital Racquet and Fitness, tennis participation exploded with over 400 kids playing in summer tennis programming. Frueh introduced a United States Tennis Association (USTA) pilot program called Rallyball and designed the first “mini tennis court” in the United States at Sertoma Tennis Courts in Bismarck, putting the city on the tennis map nationally and well before the 10 and Under Tennis phenomenon hit the United States. He also ran a tennis carnival with over 200 participants annually and organized the tennis community to march in the Annual Band Day Parade. For the parade, Frueh created a moving tennis court that went down the streets of Bismarck while volunteers handed out free tennis racquets with directions on where to find tennis programming to kids along the parade route.
He also coached the girls tennis team at Bismarck Century High School from 1990-2001. During that time, they became a powerhouse in the West Region of the state and were a regular fixture at the state championships. Century won state titles in 1997 and 2001 and had an 115-match western North Dakota dual match winning streak before Frueh left in 2001.
A USPTA and PTR certified coach and a USTA High Performance Coach, Frueh moved to the Rochester Athletic Club in Rochester, Minn., in 2001, and was promoted to the facility’s General Manager in 2012. In his career, he has coached over 20 junior players to state championships in both Minnesota and North Dakota.
He also has been a long-time volunteer with USTA Northern, serving on its Board of Directors from 1995-2012. In 2009-10, he was the Section’s President. He has served on the USTA National level as well where he completed four terms on the Junior Competition Committee and has been a member of three USTA Presidential Task Forces.
For his efforts, Frueh was a four-time North Dakota High School Coach of the Year and a national finalist for High School Tennis Coach of the Year in 2001. He also earned the USTA National Eve Kraft Community Service Award and the USTA Northern Community Service Award in 1999. In 2002, Frueh and the Rochester Athletic Club staff received the USTA Northern Ward Burton Junior Development Award. He was named the PTR Newcomer of the Year Award (2000), the USPTA Northern Division Community Service Award winner (2004) and USPTA Pro of the Year (2009). He was inducted into the North Dakota Tennis Hall of Fame in 2016.
Frueh is married to Shari and they have two children, Emily and Eric. Eric played tennis at the University of Minnesota and was a member of the 2015 Big Ten Championship team.