USTA NAMES DALE SHEPARD OF DEER VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL IN PHOENIX TO THE NO-CUT COACH ALL-STAR TEAM
USTA Southwest | January 22, 2018
ORLANDO, F.L, January 22, 2018 – The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced its No-Cut Coach All-Star Team. Local high school coach Dale Shepard of Deer Valley High School in Phoenix, has been selected as a member of the team which recognizes exceptional high school coaches who implement an inclusive “no-cut” policy for their high school tennis team.
Since 2013, the USTA has recognized coaches nationwide for their dedication and leadership in providing young players with the experience of representing their school.
Dale Shepard has been a tennis teaching professional since 1996. Previously, he was the tennis coach at Glendale Community College from 2002 to 2004. In 2009, he became disabled from an extreme case of shingles that left him with nerve damage that restricts him from walking. ADVERTISEMENT He gaveup teaching tennis for five years, but in 2015, he was hired to serve as the girls’ varsity tennis coach at Deer Valley High School.
Shepard coaches from his mobility scooter which he rides 16 miles every day during tennis season to and from the school. Even though he is unable to play tennis, he loves being on the courts with his team and sharing his passion for the game.
“By providing more students the opportunity to play and represent their high school, No-Cut Coaches provide their players with a lasting impression of inclusion and what it truly means to be part of a team,” said Elliott Pettit, Director, USTA School Tennis. “We are proud to honor their contributions as these coaches play such a critical role in their players’ high school experience and in turn, in
the future health of our sport.”
Since 2006, more than 4,000 tennis coaches nationwide have made a commitment to offering a no-cut policy, with some programs including more than 100 team members on a high school team.
The coaches of these teams make a difference by spending the extra time and effort to ensure that players experience the fun and fulfillment of playing tennis and participating in a school sport.
Coaches are nominated by their respective USTA section. To qualify for the USTA No-Cut All-Star Team, coaches must be currentlyimplementing a no-cut policy on their teams, and be currently registered with the USTA as a “no-cut” coach. Additionally, each candidate must have at least five years of experience coaching tennis.
This year’s USTA No-Cut Coach All-Star Team includes the following coaches:
•Terri Bentley - Winter Park High School, Winter Park, Fla.
•Stacy Bryan - Abilene High School, Abilene, Texas
•Mark Faber - Springfield High School, Holland, Ohio
•Wendy Hastings - Menomonie High School, Menomonie, Wis.
• John Herring - Henry Clay High School, Lexington, Ky.
• Julie Krieg - Anthony Wayne High School, Whitehouse, Ohio
• David Pintado - Mount Diablo High School, Concord, Calif.
• Dale Shepard - Deer Valley High School, Phoenix
• Matt Wiemers - McCook High School, McCook, Neb.
The USTA No-Cut All-Star Team is a a part of Net Generation, the USTA’s new approach to inspire the next generation of tennis players . For more information, please visit NetGeneration.com.