Augustus Selected to Coach USTA Summer Collegiate Team
April 9, 2009
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -
California women's tennis head coach Amanda Augustus was one of four coaches chosen to lead the USTA Men's and Women's Summer Collegiate Teams. The summer collegiate teams are a part of an elite training program for the top American collegiate tennis players which began in 1996 and is funded by the UTSA. Augustus will coach the women's team with Kathy Sell, who is entering her fifth year as the head coach at Princeton.
The USTA summer program is designed to provide players with valuable exposure to the USTA pro circuit in a team-oriented environment during the summer months. The teams, which have been doubled to 12 participants each this year, will be named after the NCAA Championships in May. Team members will be selected based on performance at those championships as well as ITA All-Americans and National Indoor Championships, and the final ITA National Rankings.
'Amanda Augustus and Kathy Sell were two of the top collegiate players during their playing days and are now two of the top college coaches in the nation,' said Ola Malmqvist, Head of Women's Tennis, USTA Player Development. 'Their playing and coaching experience coupled with their passion for the game will make them great assets to this summer's program.'
Augustus returned to coach her alma mater in 2007 after serving as the head coach at the University of Michigan for the 2006-07 season. As a player at Cal, Augustus was a four-time All-American and won the NCAA doubles title in both 1998 and 1999. After graduating from Cal in 1999 with her degree in economics and minor in business administration, Augustus spent five years on the WTA Tour, winning 20 professional titles and reaching a career-high doubles ranking of No. 82 in 2002.
Sell, 30, has led Princeton to a winning season each of her five years as coach. She spent her collegiate career at Duke University, where she earned All-American honors as a senior and was also named Duke's co-Athlete of the Year in 2001, becoming the first female to earn that award.
This summer, for the first time, USTA Player Development will host the Pro Tour Transition camp for the men and women. The women's camp will be conducted July 6-9 in Atlanta.