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2004 News Archives

ITA News and Notes
Click here for news from last month's ITA Coaches Convention and for information on the various ITA events and programs this winter/spring. Click here to access the notes from the various meetings held during the December convention. These notes include rule updates for this season.

USTA Collegiate Wheelchair Tennis Rankings
Danny Fik and Sarah Casteel finished 2004 at No. 1 in men's and women's singles. Middle Tennessee's Russell Rodriguez and Kevin Green are No. 1 in men's doubles and Arizona's Nicole Saltzburg and Kristen Mohr are No. 1 in women's doubles. This year's USTA National Collegiate Wheelchair Championships take place March 18-20 at Middle Tennessee. Rankings

ITA Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Coaches Convention
The ITA is commemorating 20 years of its annual ITA Coaches Convention this December 11-14 at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami, Florida. Another great lineup of speakers highlight this year's schedule. The 2004 ITA Coaches Convention will feature over 20 clinicians, including many of the leaders in the world of tennis. ITA Coaches Convention Page

Day One Photo Gallery 
Clinics Photo Gallery (Days 2, 3 & 4)

Twelve coaches honored by ITA, Wilson and USTA
On Sunday, December 12, 2004, the ITA and Wilson honored the Wilson/ITA National Coaches of the Year and the ITA and USTA honored the USTA/ITA Community Service and Campus Recreation Award winners. Honorees
Photos from Award Presentations

Lewis-Clark State's Fong, Florida Gulf Coast's Horton honored by USTA and ITA

Lewis-Clark State College men's and women's tennis coach Kai Fong has been named the national winner of the USTA/ITA Campus Recreation Award and Florida Gulf Coast men’s tennis coach J. Webb Horton is the national winner of the USTA/ITA Community Service Award. They will be honored on December 12 at the ITA Coaches Convention at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami, during the ITA Membership and Awards Banquet. Full Story

Louise Gengler to take on new role with ITA as Director of Campus and Community Outreach
The ITA is pleased to announce that Louise Gengler, who served for many years as Chair of the lTA Women's Operating Committee Chair as well as a member of the ITA Board of Directors, will remain actively involved with the association. Her new part-time position as Director of Campus and Community Outreach will include helping ITA-member coaches develop outreach programs within their respective communities and on their campuses. Click here for information on how to contact Gengler.

Display honoring Mark McCormack at ITA Women's Collegiate Hall of Fame
Click here to view the display honoring Mark H. McCormack at the College of William & Mary's McCormack-Nagelson Tennis Center, home of the ITA Collegiate Women's Hall of Fame.

2004 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships
The 2004 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships took place November 4-7 at the University of Michigan. Pictured are men's doubles champions Scott Green and Ross Wilson (r) of Ohio State. They topped Stanford's KC Corkery and Sam Warburg 8-5 in the men's doubles final. They are the first duo since 1992-93 to win the ITA All-American and National Indoor titles in the same season.
Official page of the 2004 ITA National Indoor Championships (includes links to Wilson/ITA Regional Championships)

2004 ITA National Small College Championships
The 2004 ITA National Small College Championships, presented by the USTA, took place at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers October 14-17. This event featured the top players in NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community Colleges. 
Official Page of 2004 ITA National Small College Championships

2004 ITA All-American Championships
The first of three national championships for singles and doubles during the 2004-05 season took place at the Champions Club in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Oct. 1-10 for the men and the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, California, Oct. 2-10 for the women.
Official Page of 2004 Icy Hot/ITA Men's All-American Championships
Official Page of 2004 Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships

32 programs to receive USTA grants
We're excited to announce that the USTA has allocated over $20,000 in funding for 32 different community outreach and USA Team Tennis programs being run by ITA coaches on their college campuses. This summer, coaches submitted grant applications to be considered for these two programs. The ITA received tremendous response, and the selection process proved to be challenging. Click here to view the coaches (and programs) who were granted funding based on the materials that were submitted.

State of Texas honors NCAA Champ Baylor
Texas Governor Rick Perry recently honored the 2004 NCAA Division I Men's Champion Baylor Bears. Pictured is Baylor coach Matt Knoll and the rest of the NCAA champs with Gov. Perry (center/holding shirt). Baylor and NCAA women's champ Stanford are expected to be honored by President Bush at the White House in January.

James O' Hara Sargent Sportsmanship Award winners

10/17/04 - Southern Indiana's Joe Epkey and Broward (Fla.) Community College's Karine Ionesco were named the 2004 recipients of the James O' Hara Sargent Sportsmanship Award, presented by Rolex Watch, U.S.A, Sunday. The James O' Hara Sargent Sportsmanship Award goes to a men's and women's player who displays outstanding sportsmanship and exemplifies the spirit of college tennis during the course of the ITA National Small College Tennis Championships. The award is given in memory of the late Jim Sargent, former Media Manager for Rolex Watch, U.S.A.

NCAA Update on Professional Teams

9/21/04 - Click here to access new information on the NCAA website regarding professional tennis teams. Additionally, the NCAA encourages coaches to work with their compliance officers to review any student-athlete or prospective student-athlete to determine whether or not he/she has played on a team in either of these leagues (listed at the above link). Schools also need to review what information they obtained in determining eligibility as compared with the information the NCAA did (and the NCAA can assist in the review of this information).

Class of 2004 inducted into ITA Women's Hall of Fame Sept. 18

9/13/04 - The Class of 2004 was inducted into the ITA Women's Hall of Fame at the College of William & Mary on Sept. 18. The late Mark McCormack was honored at this year's ceremonies, which are the first since his death last May. The ITA Women's Hall of Fame opened in 1995 thanks to a generous donation from McCormack and his wife Betsy Nagelsen. It is housed at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center on the William & Mary campus. Tennis great Monica Seles was also hand to help pay tribute to McCormack. Seles also attended the first induction ceremony in 1995. The ITA Women's Hall of Fame Class of 2004 consists of: Barbara Scofield Davidson (Miami-Fla.), Dr. Belmar Gunderson (UNC-Greensboro), Barbara Jordan (Stanford) and Kathy Jordan (Stanford). Full Story

George Fareed receives 2004 ITA Achievement Award, Presented by Montblanc

8/31/04 - Doctor George Fareed (University of California-Berkeley '66) was honored as the winner of the 2004 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Achievement Award, presented by Montblanc, at a reception hosted by Tennis Week on Sept. 2. Full Story

ITA Collegiate All-Star Team honored at historic West Side Tennis Club
8/27/04 - The 2004 ITA Collegiate All-Star Team (pictured/right), presented by The Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, was honored on Friday at the historic West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y. This 21st edition of the ITA Collegiate All-Star Team includes the nation's top-ranked men's and women's tennis players at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and NJCAA levels. Full Story

ITA Summer Circuit Players of the Year
8/28/04 - Congratulations to Minnesota's Avery Ticer and North Carolina's Kendall Cline, this year's ITA Summer Circuit Players of the Year. Ticer won two titles on the Midwest Circuit as well as at the circuit-ending ITA National Summer Championships. Cline won three singles and two doubles titles on the Southwest Circuit and reached the quarterfinals at the national event.

Third straight record-breaking year for ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit!

8/20/04 - A record 2,067 players participated in this year's ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit, breaking the record of 2,005 set last year. The ITA would like to thank all of this year's participants, tournament and circuit directors, and ITA National Summer Circuit Director Lin Loring of Indiana who helped make this possible.  
Official Tournament Page for the Aug. 14-17 ITA National Summer Championships  2004 ITA Summer Circuit Schedule & Results

Wilson named title sponsor for ITA Regional Championships
8/5/04 - Wilson Racquet Sports is expanding its partnership with the ITA and will serve as title sponsor of the 2004 ITA Regional Championships this fall. Wilson has also renewed its continuing role as the official tennis ball, racquet and accessory company for the ITA. Full Story

NCAA Summer Meetings
8/2/04 - Notes from last month's NCAA tennis committee meetings are now available on the NCAA web site. Click here for links to: Division I, Division II and Division III.

Summer Coaching Changes
8/2/04 - Click here to view the latest head coaching changes.

Online Trade Show Open
Visit this section frequently to view the web sites of tennis industry leaders. Online Trade Show

Univ. of West Alabama reinstates men's and women's tennis
The ITA applauds the University of West Alabama, which recently announced plans for the reinstatement of men's and women's tennis as varsity sports beginning in the fall of 2005. The programs were dropped in 1997 but have been added, in part, to reach the new NCAA minimum for 10 varsity sports starting in 2005. Do you know of any schools without tennis that are below 10 varsity sports? If so, please email these to the ITA at

Tennis Warehouse becomes official shoe and clothing
supplier for the ITA
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association has announced a new partnership with the Tennis Warehouse to become its new official shoe and clothing supplier starting this 2004-05 season. Details

ITA and Pro Support Systems, Inc., announce new partnership
The ITA and Pro Support Systems, Inc., are pleased to announce a new partnership to benefit ITA-member coaches. PSS will offer hand-crafted, individually molded shoe insert device for interested ITA coaches and their teams through this new, non-medical, endorsement program. These supports are designed to balance and control biomechanical foot function while providing cushion and shock absorption.
Full Story

Incredible, no risk partnership offer for ITA Members from Sportwall Intl. Inc.
A free preview of the Sportwall Sports-PC™ at Your Facility this Summer: If you have been eyeing the Sportwall Sports-PC for your facility but have been unable to convince the financial decision makers to make the investment, then this opportunity is for you. More

2004 ITA All-Academic Teams & Scholar Athletes announced
7/26/04 - 269 programs and 1,455 student-athletes receive special recognition from the ITA this year for academic excellence. Complete list

12 Named to USA Tennis Collegiate Team
7/9/04 - Twelve of the nation’s top men's and women’s collegiate tennis players have been named to the 2004 USA Tennis Collegiate Team, administered by the USTA and ITA. The USA Tennis Collegiate Team is an elite training program funded by the USTA for the top American collegiate tennis players that began in 1996. This program is designed to provide players with valuable exposure to the USTA professional circuit in a team-oriented environment during these summer months. Pictured (l) are team members Brian Wilson of Illinois and Jeremy Wurtzman of Ohio State with ITA Executive Director David Benjamin Full Story

American Express Collegiate All-Star Team in China

6/19/04 - The American Express Collegiate All-Stars were in action Friday in Beijing, sweeping the men's and women's matches. Click here for photos from this week's trip. Read Lester Cook's journal from China on the Texas A&M web site. Check out these photos of team on the Tennis Magazine - China web site from festivities earlier this week.

ITA National Doubles Team of the Year announced
  6/10/04 - Stanford's Lauren Barnikow and Erin Burdette and Rice's Richard and William Barker have been named the 2004 ITA National Doubles Teams of the Year, the ITA announced today. Full Story

ITA National Players of the Year announced

6/8/04 - Baylor's Benedikt Dorsch and Stanford's Amber Liu have been named the 2004 ITA National Players of the Year. Dorsch and Liu will be honored at the
ITA All-Star Outing and Awards Luncheon, presented by the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, on August 27 at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y. Full Story

American Express Collegiate All-Star Team heads to China
6/8/04 - Ten players and three coaches selected by the ITA to represent the United States on the 2004 American Express Collegiate All-Star Team head to China June 13-21. Tennis legend Stan Smith will serve as honorary coach. Full Story

2004 National Championship Results
Listing of champions and links to results for all divisions. Listings

ITA National Team Sportsmanship Award winners
5/19/04 - The DePaul women’s and Pepperdine men’s tennis teams have been honored as this month's recipients of the ITA National Team Sportsmanship Award. Full Story

Fort Myers to host 2004 ITA National Small College Championships at Florida Gulf Coast University
5/13/04 - The Lee County Sports Authority, in partnership with Florida Gulf Coast University, will host the 2004 ITA National Small College Championships to be played October 14-17 on the FGCU campus in Fort Myers. Full Story

ITA Men's Hall of Fame Class of 2004
5/11/04 - The Class of 2004 has been announced for the ITA Men's Hall of Fame: Gardner Larned of William & Mary, Billy Lenoir of Arizona, Jim Delaney of Stanford and Larry Nagler of UCLA. They will be inducted on May 26 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Details

NCAA Bylaw Update

5/704 - The proposed amendment to NCAA Div. I Bylaw # (the one year grace period rule) has recently approved by the NCAA Management Council. The legislation still needs to be adopted by the NCAA Board of Directors. If adopted, the new legislation itself is effective August 1, 2004. Click here to view the detailed NCAA announcement of this bylaw

ITA, American Express Announce Collegiate All-Star Team to Compete in China this Summer
5/6/04 - Ten players and three coaches have been selected by the ITA to represent the United States on the 2004 American Express Collegiate All-Star Team in two exhibition team matches in China June 13-21. Tennis legend Stan Smith will serve as honorary coach. Full Story

Collegiate Wheelchair Tennis

5/2/04 - Host Texas-Arlington's Danny Fik and Sarah Casteel captured the singles titles Sunday at the inaugural United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Collegiate Wheelchair Tennis Championships at the UTA Tennis Center. Preview

USTA Innovations Committee Update

4/21/04 - At USTA Annual Meeting in Puerto last month, the  Innovations Committee (of which ITA Executive Director David Benjamin is a member) discussed  several new approaches to format/scoring, which may be of interest to the college community. Full Story

USTA Collegiate Committee Update
3/30/04 - The USTA College Committee met in Puerto Rico on March 23 at the USTA Annual Meeting and Conference. Click here to read a summary of the committee's presentation and here to view its PowerPoint presentation (in pdf.). Formed in 2002, the USTA College Committee’s charge is to develop and promote the growth of American collegiate tennis at the varsity level, and to provide assistance as requested by the Plan for Growth II Steering Committee on promoting recreational and intramural tennis activities on college campuses.

ITA Online Directory - New User Name/Password

4/1/04 - A reminder that the new user name and password to access the ITA Online Directory takes effect today, April 1, 2004. Coaches & current auxiliary members have been sent an e-mail with the information. If you did not receive it, please contact Penny Sing, ITA Membership Coordinator by e-mail at for the new user name and password.

ITA National Team Sportsmanship Award for April

4/16/04 - The San Diego State women’s and Washington & Lee and Oregon men’s tennis teams have been honored as this month's recipients of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Team Sportsmanship Award, the ITA announced today. More

ITA National Team Sportsmanship Award

3/17/04 - The William & Mary men and Georgia Tech women are the first winners of the 2004 season. Full Story   Nominate a team for next month

Texas A&M captures title at U
SA Team Tennis National Campus Championships
3/11-13/04 - T
he 2004 USA Team Tennis National Campus Championships took place March 11-13 at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., and featured the top club and intramural tennis teams in the country. A record 33 different schools participated this year. Texas A&M beat Virginia 30-9 to win its second title in three years.

ITA commercials airing on The Tennis Channel
2/28/04 - This month two 30-second commercials showcasing the ITA and the benefits of collegiate tennis will begin airing on The Tennis Channel. One features James Blake and the other features the Bryan Brothers. Full Story

ITA and Sportwall International, Inc., enter partnership
2/28/04 - The ITA Board of Directors and Sportwall International, Inc., are pleased to announce a new partnership that will be beneficial for all ITA-member coaches and players. Full Story

Emory captures title at ITA Division III National Team Indoor Championships
2/27-29/04 - Emory topped host Gustavus Adolphus 5-2 on Feb. 29 in the championship match at the
2004 ITA Division III National Men's Team Indoor Championships in St. Peter, Minn.. Details

2004 USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships
2/5-8/04 - The Illinois men repeated as champions and the Stanford women won a record seventh title at the 2004 USTA/ITA National Men's and Women's Team Indoor Championships, which took place Feb. 5-8 in Seattle and Madison, Wis., respectively.
Official Tournament Page - Men    Official Tournament Page - Women

Stanford's Liu, UCLA's Lam named USTA Sportsmanship Award winners
2/7/04 - UCLA's Chris Lam and Stanford's Amber Liu both received the United States Tennis Association Sportsmanship Award Saturday at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships. Full Story

Understanding the new USTA Junior Ranking System

2/04 - Dede Allen, former coach at Wake Forest University and former USTA Administrator for Junior Competition has written guidelines and explanations to help college coaches better understand the USTA's implementation of the new Points Per Round (PPR) ranking system for junior players. Details

ITA and Nick Bollettieri High School Tennis Outreach Program
1/26/04 - The ITA and Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy are pleased to introduce the High School Tennis Outreach Program. This program is designed to promote tennis within the community by having our ITA member varsity coaches educate high school coaches through coaching clinics. Details

ITA News & Notes - January, 2004

1/13/04 - News and notes from the 2003 ITA Coaches Convention as well as upcoming ITA membership news. 1/19 - NCAA Legislation Updates: Click here for news on the Division III "reform" proposals from the NCAA web site. At the Division I level, the proposal to amend Bylaw (the 1-year grace period rule) took the next step towards passage last week. It has been sent out for comment by the NCAA Management Council, and will be voted on a second time in April.

Meeting notes from the ITA Coaches Convention
1/13/04 - Complete meeting summaries from last month's ITA Coaches Convention.

Former Presbyterian Tennis Player Killed in Service for Country

On January 2, former Presbyterian College women's tennis player Kimberly Hampton was killed during a mission in Iraq, representing her country as a captain in the U.S. Army. Kimberly was a very special, gifted tennis player and individual, garnering numerous awards during her playing career. She is to be buried Saturday with full military honors. More information on Kimberly from the Presbyterian College web site


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