WSU Tennis Coaches Attend Intercollegiate Tennis Association Coaches Convention

Dec. 18, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University Head Coach Cari Groce and Assistant Coach Melissa Pine recently attended the 18th annual Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Coaches Convention at Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami.

Nearly 300 men's and women's college tennis coaches at all levels gathered for this year's convention. The four-day convention, which took place at Doral for the first time December 12-15, was highlighted by some of the most influential people in the sport of tennis, such as' tennis legend Stan Smith, celebrated coaches Nick Bollettieri and Dennis Van der Meer, human performance expert Dr. Jack Groppel, sports science expert Dr. Jim Loehr, Stanford's Dick Gould, coach of a record 17 NCAA men's team titles, and Dick Leach, retired men's coach for 2002 NCAA champion Southern California, as well as many other teachers, coaches and respected people in the tennis industry.

'The convention is always a very exciting time of the year for our Coaches Association,' ITA Executive Director David Benjamin said. 'Besides being able to take in great clinics and workshops at a beautiful resort in a great city, the coaches also have a forum to meet and discuss the important issues within college tennis today.'

Among the clinics taking place were panels on ethics in coaching and building support and interest in tennis programs, a clinics on skin cancer awareness, as well as several others dealing with technique, mechanics and the mental approach of the game. The convention opened with a welcoming banquet honoring the 2002 Wilson/ITA National Coaches of the Year with former U.S. Davis Cup captain Tom Gullikson as the featured speaker.

As the governing body of collegiate tennis the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community. The ITA, which was founded in 1956 and is based in Skillman, N.J., administers numerous ITA national and regional championships, the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit, presented by the USTA, and the Omni Hotels/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings fro men's and women's tennis at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior College levels. The ITA also has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics, leadership and sportsmanship. The official ITA website is ITATennis.com.

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