LOU BELKEN, DOUG MACCURDY CHOSEN FOR
USTA SOUTHWEST HALL OF FAME INDUCTION
October 31, 2017
SCOTTSDALE - The USTA Southwest Hall of Fame Committee recently announced their selections for the 2017 Hall of Fame Class, with two distinguished coaches - Lou Belken of Scottsdale, Ariz.. and Doug MacCurdy of Albuquerque, NM. - being chosen as the newest inductees
Belken and MacCurdy will join 53 other members of the USTA Southwest Hall of Fame, which has been in existence since 1991. Former inductees into the Hall of Fame have included former USTA national presidents Gordon Jorgensen and Lester Snyder, Grand Slam Champions Margaret Osborne duPont and JIm Grabb, and innovators and tennis pioneers like John Gardiner and Marguerite Chesney.
The two new Hall of Fame inductees will be honored for their tennis achievements at the USTA Southwest Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet on Saturday evening January 13, 2018 at the Embassy Suites in Phoenix, Ariz. ADVERTISEMENT
LOU BELKEN (SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA)
Belken was the men's tennis coach at Arizona State University for 26 years (1992-2008) and has been coaching and developing players for more than 40 years, almost all of it in the Southwest.
In his time as a top-flight coach and instructor, Belken has developed a reputation for working and developing some of the finest players to ever come out of the Southwest, including former top 50 ATP-ranked professionals Jim Grabb (French Open doubles winner, former Davis Cup player), Gary Donnelly (Wimbledon doubles finalist) and former Arizona State All-American and NCAA singles champion Sargis Sargsian.
Belken was a two-time Pac 10 Conference Coach of the Year at ASU (including in 1999 and 2008), almost always keeping his squads among the top 25 Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings. Under his guidance, the team earned NCAA Tournament berths in 14 of the last 20 years of his tenure, with 5 Sweet Sixteen appearances and a Final 8 finish. During that span at ASU, Belken taught 14 All-American players and 28 Pac-10 All-conference selections.
In addition, Belken has been a National Faculty Coach and adviser/consultant with the USTA on and off for much of the last three decades, including at district, section and the national level for training and age group camps, helping coach many up-and-coming players from across the nation. In 2014, Belken was named the head tennis coach for Team USA at the World Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China.
Prior to his quarter-century coaching career at ASU, Belken was the Director of Tennis at Scottsdale Racquet Club (1973-1982). He is also an author of the acclaimed tennis instruction series, Winning Tennis, a United State Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) member. Belken resides in Scottsdale.
DOUG MACCURDY (ALBUQUERQUE, NM)
MacCurdy has one of the more unique teaching tennis backgrounds in the history of the sport, with a global and development influence rivaled by few coaches.
He was the former General Manager and Director of Development for the International Tennis Federation (ITF) from 1984-1998, the sport's global authority and overseer. In that role, MacCurdy worked with national tennis associations, supervising all departments of the ITF, and managing a multinational staff to bring the sport of tennis together on a global scale. This pioneering and visionary role with the ITF expanded the footprint of the sport, growing the ITF organization to over 200 member nations and giving MacCurdy a view of tennis across the planet few could ever match.
Following his role with the ITF, MacCurdy became the Director of USTA Player Development from 1998-2001, helping oversee the USTA's high performance tennis arm for four years, directing and managing the USTA's field staff of national coaches.
Since 2002, MacCurdy has been a true tennis consultant, conducting educational programs for the ITF, the International Olympic Committee and other national and private organizations in countries across the world. He's been particularly active in the Eastern Hemisphere, serving as the Chinese Tennis Federation's player development and coaching adviser (2005-2007) in preparation for the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing. MacCurdy has served in similar roles in India, Korea, Thailand and currently, Turkey.
MacCurdy is a master pro of the USPTA, a designation that only 1% of the organization's teaching pros attain. He has won numerous awards in his four-plus decades in coaching, including the ITF's prestigious International Tennis Hall of Fame Educational Merit Award (1993) and ITF Award for Services to the Game (1998).
MacCurdy was an English-language commentator for the French Tennis Federation from 1986-97, handling the French Open. He has also authored numerous published articles on virtually all aspects of tennis, and is a co-author of the book, Sports Illustrated Tennis.
He is a graduate of Highland High in Albuquerque, the University of New Mexico (1971), and was a former member of the UNM tennis team. He has resided in Albuquerque for almost all of his adult life when he's not been abroad.