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USTA TEXAS EXECUTIVE AND MANAGEMENT

COMMITTEE SPOTLIGHTS

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We have lots of amazing volunteers with USTA Texas. Here we are going to feature just a few of our Executive and Management Committee members! To become a member of the Executive or Management Committees, click here!

 

Ron Fisher

Ron Fisher

 

Ron Fisher is one of the longest-serving volunteers at USTA Texas, hitting 45 years of service in 2016. Ron took on the role of USTA Texas President back in 1976, becoming the 12th President of the section all-time. Ron played tennis for Rice in the late 50’s, winning the Southwest Conference Championship in 1958 and 1959. Playing professionally, he defeated five Grand Slam champions and played at Wimbledon, among other international events. Ron was enshrined in the Texas Tennis Museum & Hall of Fame in 2000.

 

When he’s not serving as a volunteer, Ron can be found playing tennis, golfing or traveling.

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What made you want to be a USTA Texas volunteer, specifically on Management or Executive?

 

"Contribute, give back, to the game that has given me so much -- a full college scholarship, travel and friends around the world as both a player and volunteer and so much more."

 

What does tennis mean to you?

 

"My good health, the opportunity to help others."

 

What’s been the highlight of being on these committees?

 

"As president I submitted to our Executive Committee a new Constitution and Bylaws that created our Zone structure that 1) ensures all areas of our state are represented on our Executive Committee and 2) provided the foundation for a new multilevel competitive structure (TAP, ZAT, Championship, Super-Championship, Major Zone) that I designed and led the implementation. As a result USTA membership in Texas doubled in the next 2 years and Texas has led the USTA in membership growth ever since then. I also designed the first computer ranking system (STAR) used to rank all junior and senior players in the United States and voluntarily adopted by 16 of 17 USTA Sections for their rankings. Since STAR was replaced nationally by a point per round ranking system the ability of the United States to produce Grand Slam Champions and players ranked in the top 10 in the world has declined with the only exception being Andy Roddick who was a product of our Texas multi-level competitive structure (the only section with one) and a French coach."

 

 

Sheryl Osborn

Sheryl Osborn

 

Many tennis players know Sheryl Osborn as the Facility Manager at Arlington Tennis Center, but she also serves on the Management Committee as the Vice President of Competitive Tennis. Sheryl has served on numerous committees during her tenure with USTA Texas, serving on the Communications, Executive, Discipline & Grievance (as Secretary), Nominating and President’s Advisory Committees. She finds serving on the Management Committee “at a time when I see so many positive changes is incredibly fulfilling, and knowing that I am a part of helping our organization move forward is an honor.”

 

What does tennis mean to you?

 

"What tennis means to me is a complicated question! I am a tennis enthusiast who can no longer play the game. And, my work experience and substantial volunteerism provide me with an opportunity to give back to tennis, and to gift others with the appreciation and enjoyment of a sport that brought our family very close, beginning when our children were very small. Tennis paid for my children’s undergraduate degrees and provided me (as well as one of my daughters) with a fulfilling career. Beyond family bonding, education and career, tennis has been our family’s teacher. We learned far more than how to play a game. Tennis taught us organization, planning and commitment. Tennis helped us develop critical thinking skills, confidence (even in defeat) and the ability to accept loss. Perhaps most importantly, tennis taught us how to have healthy, competitive FUN in a highly social atmosphere. What does tennis mean to me? It’s been a life coach."

 

What is your favorite memory of being on the Executive/Management Committees?

 

"Visiting with a fellow MC member in Orlando at the USTA National Meeting. Our topic of conversation was serious (where we have been, where we are, where we want to go and how to get there), but we chatted back and forth as like-minded sisters. New MC members sometimes feel out of step. Those moments in Orlando gave me confidence to feel ‘in step,’ and to know that I had just enough shiny new ideas to add a spark."

 

What is your favorite accomplishment while on the Executive/Management Committees?

 

"When I interviewed for the Management Committee for the current term (and for the previous term, for which I was not selected), several points I made during the interview process were new to the nominating committee ears. I am now hearing those same thoughts expressed throughout our organization. First was the need for greater accountability for our staff, our volunteers, our CTAs and our leadership. Second was the need to reach beyond our USTA borders to connect with other organizations (e.g., high schools, parks & recreation departments, private clubs) to grow tennis, even if it was not ‘through USTA/CTAs.’ Third was the need to ‘step up our game’ with greater emphasis on efficiency, streamlining of processes, improvement in our technology, and the addition of qualified professionals to both our volunteer base, as well as our staff. I do not know whether my comments in both interviews had any impact on our current path, but seeing that we are moving in all of these directions is very exciting."

 

 

Tom Hunt

Tom Hunt

 

Tom Hunt has been with USTA Texas for over 10 years. His journey with the section started after a “local tennis buddy” asked him to get involved and his involvement grew with time. After attending various meetings each year, it led to a term on the Executive Committee, then to the Management Committee where he currently serves as Treasurer. Tom is an excellent fit for the role, as when he’s not volunteering with the section, he’s working as a banker in his hometown of Corpus Christi.

 

What’s it been like being on the Executive/Management Committes?

 

“Each step of the way allowed me to help promote this wonderful game and the positive impact it has on all who play. In addition, the staff and volunteers of the Texas section are all very dedicated to do whatever it takes to promote the game.”

 

What does tennis mean to you?

 

“I have played tennis since I was a kid. This sport has provided me so many health benefits and social connections that it is a very significant part of my life.”

 

What’s been the highlight of being on these committees?

 

“For better or worse, my focus has been the financial condition of the section.

The Texas section does a great job with the resources that we have. We use the funds that we receive to do the most to enhance tennis across the state. I am amazed how dedicated the staff is, even with some significant changes, in their efforts to improve the game.”

 

 

Allison Getz

Allison Getz

 

Allison Getz has been a USTA Texas Volunteer for over 10 years. She was initially approached to become a volunteer on the state level after participating on a local level for many years. She had served as a tournament director for the Beaumont Labor Day tourney (the longest continuous tournament in Texas) for five years and had just finished serving as President for SETTA (Southeast Texas Tennis Association) after serving in several capacities prior to that position. When she isn't volunteering with USTA Texas, Allison is serving as the Jefferson County Tax Assessor Collector.

 

On why she joined the Management/Executive Committee:

 

"I felt I could use my organizational skills at the state level. I grew up with Van Barry and want to support him as well as Emily in their efforts to grow the game."

 

On what tennis means to her:

 

"I started playing tennis at 6 years old. It has always been a source of fun, camaraderie, and great exercise. It is also wonderful to make new friends and have a common denominator of teamwork, competitive spirit and wanting to become a better player.

I most appreciate being part of a team of dedicated individuals who see the benefits of the game of tennis and want to encourage others to experience the love of the game."

 

Her highlight of being on Management or Executive Committee:

 

"I most appreciate being part of a team of dedicated individuals who see the benefits of the game of tennis and want to encourage others to experience the love of the game. It is an honor to serve."

 

 

Dalia Martinez

Dalia Martinez

 

With the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, we feature someone who has been an integral part of helping grow the game of tennis in Texas. Dalia Martinez was encouraged to join the Executive Committee by fellow Laredo native and then-President Dr. Alfredo Trevino back in 2011. Soon after, current President Emily Schaefer suggested Dalia apply for the Management Committee, where she serves as Vice President of Administration. 

 

"Both have been wonderful USTA mentors!" Dalia says.

 

Dalia serves on six committees in total, including the Hispanic Engagement Task Force and the Diversity and Inclusion Committees. 

 

On what tennis means to her:

 

"Exercise! Releasing stress! Strengthening existing relationships and making new relationships!! Meeting people throughout Texas and the United States has been a wonderful bonus."

 

On the highlight of being on the Executive Committee:

 

"When I first joined the Executive Committee, Lee Hamilton befriended me. I recall many long conversations about his diversity passion. I carry those memories with me today and hope that we can fulfill his dreams."

 

On tennis as the sport of a lifetime:

 

"Tennis has been a life changing experience for me. I started playing when I was 40 years old. Now, I want everyone to play tennis. It is a great family sport, something you can do together. It is a great individual sport, it teaches mental strength and losing gracefully which are life long skills. Tennis allows us to stay healthy and therefore is a life long skill. I enjoy USTA because everyone has the same passion and we are all working towards the same goal.....grow the game! I am proud of our Texas group, we lead the way in so many aspects of USTA and this is only possible through the passion of our volunteers and staff."

 

 

Murray Coulter

Murray Coulter

 

The only USTA Texas President to come from Lubbock, Murray Coulter has been volunteering with the section for close to 40 years. Currently the Committee Chair for Constitution and Rules, Murray first started volunteering due to his love of the sport and “the positive benefits it could provide to others as well as myself.” When he’s not volunteering with USTA Texas, Murray is an Emeritus Professor of Biology at Texas Tech University. He is also on the Board of Directors for Lubbock Arboretum, Lubbock Unitarian Church and the South Plains Tennis Association. When he’s looking to relax, you can find Murray golfing, swimming or doing tai chi.

 

On what tennis means to him:

 

It is a healthy activity that results in many positive associations and an increased enjoyment of life.

 

His highlight of being on Management or Executive Committee:

 

“Initiating new committees for the section that had lasting and meaningful impacts: Sports Science; Collegiate; Leadership Development and Special Populations. Progress that gives us new opportunities as an organization is always exciting.”

 

 

Debbie Grieder

Debbie Grieder

 

Debbie is fairly new to being a USTA Texas Volunteer, starting just a year and a half ago. However, she has done amazing work in San Antonio and the state of Texas that make her a vital part of the Texas tennis family.

 

Debbie was introduced to tennis at the age of 16 when she was “provided a racquet, and became totally in love with the sport, for which I am forever grateful. Tennis has brought a wealth of blessings in my life, personally and professionally. Volunteering to share and grow tennis brings happiness to my heart each day.”

 

Since 2014, Debbie has served as President of the San Antonio Tennis Association, Inc. With her leadership, SATA was named the 2017 USTA Organization Member of the Year. “Recognizing obstacles and barriers, followed by setting objectives and in the end accomplishing goals, I want to reach for the next level to further support tennis in our great State of Texas. At the same time, I want to continue to learn more on a state and national level. Our local CTA’s accomplishments give me the desire to volunteer for USTA Texas and I am ready to meet the challenges at the next level of service.”

 

When she’s not attending tennis events or captaining her two league teams, Debbie is an Administrator and Laboratory Supervisor for a Medical Independent Pathology Laboratory.

 

On the highlight of being on the Executive Committee:

 

"As a new member of the Executive Committee, I recall my excitement when the funding request I spearheaded for the USTA Texas Section Committee, Local Tennis Participation, received budget approval.  Knowing I had the support of my peers, this approval fueled and energized me.  I look forward to future opportunities, hoping that my skills, talents and experience help further the success of our mission."

 

On tennis:

 

"With a passion for tennis, it is my desire to serve and learn more about all aspects of tennis in our state and in our nation.  Knowing our Executive Committee faces challenges ahead, I am proud to be a part of a team that works together to identify resources, builds bridges and partnerships, and grows participation in our beloved sport of tennis."

 


 

Ron Woods

Ron Woods

 

Few people have meant more to tennis in Texas than Corpus Christi’s Ron Woods. Since joining the Texas Tennis Association (now USTA Texas) back in 1970, Ron has served on the Executive Committee and on the USTA National League Committee member. As the Section Chair of Leagues, Ron helped adopt the “Little State” League Championships, which are still in Corpus Christi to this day. He was also responsible for creating the Zonal Playoffs for Adult Leagues for teams in areas that could not form leagues at certain levels and helped adopt the “Points Per Round” scoring system for Sectional Rankings. If you’ve seen Adult Tournaments designated 100, 200, 300, etc., you can thank Ron for that. When he’s not volunteering, Ron enjoys golfing and fishing.

 

Highlight of being on Management or Executive Committee?

 

“I also was part of the Executive Committee that granted $100,000 to the Texas Tennis Museum and Hall of Fame for upgrades to the facility. This was a great tribute to preserving the history of our game.”

 

What does tennis mean to you?

 

“Tennis has been my profession and a great part of my life as a player and volunteer.

 

Tennis has been a super social vehicle for me to interact with people from all backgrounds, financial levels, and cultures.

 

I have always been proud of the fact that I have been able to make a successful profession and business from tennis and able to give back to the community, section and national my time and expertise to grow the game and provide tennis to those less fortunate financially.

 

I am very grateful, proud and honored to have been able to serve the USTA Texas Section in the various volunteer positions I have been involved with. Very rewarding.”

 

He originally became a USTA Texas volunteer “to give back to the game that has given so much to me,” but in turn, he gave so much more back to the state of Texas through his amazing work. Thank you Ron!

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