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2018-19 Board of Directors President Rod Zerni

rodzerni@gmail.com

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G'Day USPTA Professionals, 1st Vice President Tom Jennings tomtennis101@gmail.com

Treasurer Kevin Brennan kevinbrennan80@gmail.com

Member at Large Julie Westercamp mjwest33@gmail.com

Member at Large Tim Shanahan shanahan93@cox.net

Member at Large

Helen Wilson tennis@kccc.com

Executive Administrator

What a great time we had in Las Vegas for the 2019 USPTA World Convention. From the speakers, the weather, to catching up with fellow professionals and the fact that we just happen to be in Las Vegas. I just want to say if you have never been to a World Convention I would highly recommend than you put that on your bucket list especially that for 2020 when we will be in New Orleans and then back to Las Vegas in 2021. This is the time that we start talking about Missouri Valley USPTA Division Convention. Well, I am happy to say we are back in Kansas City for 2020! Home of the CHIEFS! Our dates are set for February 20th & 21st at The Kansas City Country Club. So mark your calendars as we prepare to deliver a conference with some "wow" factor for you. Details coming soon with our Friday email blast. For some of you this December is the end of your 3 year cycle to earn your 6 educational credits. It is imperative that you get the necessary education credits. It is so easy. You can log into uspta.com then under "Education" put your curser on "Continuing Education Credit" and click on "Get Your Six" and follow the directions from there. Lastly, I encourage you all to remember those less fortunate than ourselves at this time of year. Get together with your staff and find an organization that you all feel strong about helping. Come up with an event, donate your time and have your members help out. It is the time for caring and the holidays are the best place to start!

Angie Koumaris missourivalleydivision@yahoo.com

Cheers, Rod Zerni Head tester Bunny Bruning bunnybfs@aol.com


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USPTA Missouri Valley Division Certification Testers Our certification testers are spread throughout the Missouri Valley Division. Here is a list of our testers, their contact information, and the cities where they conduct most of their tests.

HEAD TESTER Bunny Bruning

Des Moines, IA bunnybfs@aol.com

Kent Womack

St. Louis, MO kent0992@hotmail.com

Kendell Hale

Kansas City, MO halekl@umkc.edu

Gary Trost

Oklahoma City, OK tennis@okcgcc.com

Lane Evans

Oklahoma City, OK


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TD Sports West Becomes Official Portable Tennis Court Supplier of 2019 USPTA World Conference Presented by Havana Bob's LAKE NONA, Fla. – The United States Professional Tennis Association has partnered

with TD Sports West to become the official portable tennis court supplier of the 2019 USPTA World Conference presented by Havana Bob’s. TD Sports West will install a full-size tennis court in the convention space at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. The 2019 USPTA World Conference presented by Havana Bob’s runs from Sunday, Sept. 22 to Thursday, Sept. 26, and is the country’s largest gathering of tennis-teaching professionals and manufacturers, wholesalers, media and other racquet sports industry leaders. The five-day conference also features a merchandise and trade show, and over 40 presentations and specialty courses from some of the brightest minds and most renowned names in tennis. USPTA members and tennis professionals can register by clicking here. “We are very excited to partner with TD Sports West for the World Conference,” USPTA CEO John Embree said. “Courts installed by TD Sports West are always of the highest quality, and having a top-notch indoor court will give our members a realistic on-court experience during their education.” “We are thrilled to be constructing a practice training court for this year’s USPTA World Conference,” TD Sports West owner Dale Hendrickson said. “Since we are a full-service tennis construction company, the portable court with safety surface that we are bringing is the tip of the iceberg of what we build every day.” For over 25 years, TD Sports West has built safe, championship-caliber courts for a variety of sports, including tennis, basketball and volleyball, for backyards, high school gyms and other facilities.


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USPTA Names Five New Master Professionals at 2019 World Conference in Las Vegas LAS VEGAS – The United States Professional Tennis Association held its Awards Lunch on Wednesday during the 2019 USPTA World Conference presented by Havana Bob’s at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. Jason Hazley, Dan Hopkins, Levander Kelley, Dave Moyer and Sid Newcomb were named USPTA Master Professionals. Becoming a USPTA Master Professional is the highest rating achievable by a tennis professional. Qualified applicants must hold an Elite Professional rating for 10 years, complete the required number of education hours and fulfill a broad spectrum of industry service. The Master Professional Committee makes the final decision on the review of applicants. Hazley currently serves as the president of USPTA Louisiana and works as the Director of Tennis at the New Orleans Lawn Tennis Club, where he works alongside general manager and fellow USPTA Master Professional Brett Schwartz. Hazley played collegiately at LSU and was a two-time Second-Team All SEC selection and a First-Team selection in 2003. Hopkins coached tennis at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana for 31 years. Hopkins led the men to the NCAA DIII Tournament each of his last four seasons. He founded the women’s team in 1996 and led them to two HCAC regular-season championships and two NCAA DIII Tournament appearances. Hopkins also coached at Terre Haute South High School, where he led the boys for 17 years and the girls for nine. He led the boys to two state Final Four appearances and the girls to a state runner-up finish. He was named Indiana Coach of the Year in 1992 and was inducted into the Indiana High School Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998. Continue Pg 8


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Kelley has coached high school tennis for over 25 years and currently coaches the boys’ varsity tennis team at Powhatan High School in Powhatan, Va. In his first year coaching the team, Kelley led them to their first-ever playoff appearance. He is very involved in the community, volunteering his time at local high schools and founding the Richmond Tennisbums. Kelley overcame racial discrimination and taught himself to play tennis as a child, and continued playing while he was in the Army – he served over 20 years and retired as a U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Medic – and has competed in various USTA tournaments and Pro-Ams since retiring. Moyer is the regional vice president of the USPTA Southwest Division Board of Directors and serves as Director of Tennis at The Country Club at DC Ranch in Scottsdale, Ariz. In his nine years at the club, Moyer has overseen a tennis operation that has more than doubled in adult participation, increased in junior participation by 600% and grown to have three full-time USPTA professionals on staff. Newcomb is the National Head Tester at the USPTA World Headquarters in Lake Nona, Fla. Previously, Newcomb was the director of tennis at Peninsula Community Center in Redwood City, Calif., where he helped establish the Life Advantage Tennis and Tutoring program. Newcomb played tennis and varsity basketball at John Brown University before a brief career on the ATP Tour.


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USPTA Hall Of Fame Welcomes Dick and Frank LAS VEGAS – The United States Professional Tennis Association held its Awards Lunch last week during the 2019 USPTA World Conference presented by Havana Bob’s at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. Longtime Stanford University tennis coaches Dick Gould and Frank Brennan, Jr. were each presented with the Tim Heckler Hall of Fame Award. Gould coached men’s tennis at Stanford for 38 seasons from 1967 to 2004. He won the program’s first NCAA team national championship in 1973 and repeated in 1974. Gould and the Cardinal would go on to win 15 more national championships; every senior class until 2004 won at least one national championship. Gould coached such greats of the game as John McEnroe, Roscoe Tanner, Sandy Mayer and Bob & Mike Bryan. Fifty of Gould’s players became All-Americas, 13 went on to win Grand Slam titles and eight became Olympians. Gould was also instrumental in fundraising for Stanford’s $20 million Taube Tennis Center. He was inducted into the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994. Gould is a USPTA Elite Professional and has been a member for 38 years. Brennan, Jr. coached women’s tennis at Stanford for 21 seasons from 1980 to 2000. He won 10 NCAA team national championships in that time, including six in a row from 1986 to 1991, and posted four undefeated seasons. When Brennan, Jr. retired after the 2000 season, Lele Forood, a former player of his since her childhood, took over coaching with his son, Frankie, as an assistant. Forood and Brennan III have continued Stanford’s dominance with 10 national championships since 2000. In addition to his 10 championships, Brennan, Jr. coached 41 All-Americas and posted a win-loss record of 510-50. He was inducted into the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001 and the ITA Women’s Tennis Hall of Fame in 2006. Brennan, Jr. is a USPTA Elite Professional and has been a member for 54 years. Tim Heckler was elected president of the USPTA in 1980 and was CEO for 30 years until 2012. As CEO, Heckler increased membership five-fold, revolutionized the Association through computerization and established the USPTA as the foremost organization of tennis-teaching professionals in the world. He was inducted into the USPTA Hall of Fame in 2000.


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Get Your 6 !! Do you need additional credits for your current education window? The USPTA requires all certified members to earn 6 credits of continuing education in a 3-year period (international members and those 65 or older are exempt). The time period coincides with the date you completed the certification exam or reinstated your membership. Please login to your account or check your Professional Development Program end date to see if your credits are due by Dec. 31, 2019. The list below is only a partial listing of events eligible for educational credit. If you have questions concerning events or activities not listed, please contact the Education Department at education@uspta.org or 800-877-8248. Members are responsible for submitting proof of attendance for non-USPTA events (email, letter, certificate, receipt, etc.) USPTA activities/events – Credits* • Book review – 2 • Business meeting w/education – .5-2 • Conferences – 1-6 • Education events/workshops – .5-5 • Professional Tennis Management Program – 9-18 • PTCA I – 4 • Seminars – .5-2 • Speaker (Conference) – 1 • Specialty courses (4 hours) – 2 • World Conference – 10 • Webinars – .5-1 • DVDs** – .5-2


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USTA activities/events – Credits* • High Performance Coaching Program – 12 • High Performance Coaching Program Continuing Education – 2.5-11.5 • Conferences – 1-6 • Sport Science Exams – 2 • Tennis Teachers Conference – 8 • Officials clinic – 2-3 • Workshops – 1-6 • Seminars – .5-2 • Annual meeting – 5 • Semi-annual meeting – 3 • Sectional meeting – 2-3 Allied organizations activities/events – Credits* (CMAA, PCA, IHRSA, TIA, ITA, NCAA, ATP, WTA, ITF, ITPA, HPI, ARC, AHA, NASM, AAPHERD, RPT, ASC, PTR, GPTA, YMCA, YWCA, etc.) • Conferences – 2-5 • College courses – 1-10 • Courses and training – 0.5-10 • CPR/AED – 1-4 • Clinics – 0.5-5 • Workshops – 0.5-5 • USRSA Courses and Exams – 1-4 • Seminars – 0.5-2 • Certifications – 1-4

* Credit may vary according to the number of education hours included in activity. Credit given for events that are more than 1 day may vary depending on length of your participation. ** Only USPTA seminars, specialty courses, or player development DVDs are eligible. "On Court with USPTA" DVDs do not qualify for education credits. It is very easy to submit for credits. Just follow this link: It is also very easy to check the status of your credits, or to find out where you stand.


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U30 Update USPTA U30’s look to connect, engage, and make a difference across the Missouri Valley Section. With being spread across a 5-state territory, it can be difficult to connect face-to- at times, but that doesn’t stop this group from staying connected. This group is focused on those young professionals who are looking to grow and get involved within the tennis industry, with a focus on developing a voice for their generation that will impact future careers, community, and the overall culture of tennis. Through these connections, the millennial group can learn from other young professionals with tips, tricks, and best practices as they navigate through their tennis career. The U30 group is also looking to highlight their young professionals through these social media outlets, including U30 Spotlights, where local USPTA professionals will be highlighted for all the wonderful and engaging opportunities these tennis professionals are providing locally. So come chat with us and stay connected through any one of the three (or all three) social avenues! Facebook: @USPTAMissouriValley USPTA Missouri Valley U30 Facebook: @usptau30 Instagram: @usptau30 To get more involved, please reach out to Lindsay Hall; hall@movalley.usta.com

ARE YOU CONNECTED? Connect with other USPTA pros on social media Official USPTA Missouri Valley page facebook.com/USPTAMissouriValley

Find-a-Pro. Visit USPTA’s free job listing service, Find-a-Pro, at www.find-a-pro.com, to find a job, list a job or find other USPTA Pros near you.

Official USPTA page on Facebook facebook.com/USPTA.Official Official USPTA Twitter @USPTA_Tennis Official USPTA LinkedIn (Search USPTA)

Official USPTA YouTube Channel youtube.com/user/tennisresources

If you would like to place a job listing in the newsletter, please contact Angie at missourivalleydivision@yahoo.com.

Official USPTA Instagram instagram.com/USPTA Official USPTA Google Plus tinyurl.com/usptagplus


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MISSOURI VALLEY’S USPTA’s BEST FOR 2019 AWARD CATEGORIES AND GUIDELINES PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR: Qualifications:

Must have made significant contributions to USPTA, MVPTA, and USTA Must have active involvement in the community, special programs, and events Must have strong teaching accomplishments Must participate in Tennis Across America and Lessons For Life Must be a Elite Professional or Master Professional This person is an impressive example of our profession at its highest level.

STATE PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR: Qualifications:

Nominations will be accepted for USPTA professionals from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. Must have made significant contributions to USPTA, MVPTA, and USTA Must have active involvement in community programs or other special programs and events Must have strong teaching abilities Must participate in Tennis Across America Should be involved with club teams, such as coaching interclub and USTA teams, etc. Assistant professionals, as well as Head Tennis Professionals, may be nominated for this award.

U 30 Professional of the Year: Qualifications:

Must be 30 yrs of age or younger and must be a member in good standing Has increased and/or developed the opportunities for growth in tennis Programs/initiatives can incorporate but not be limited to multicultural activities and events This member exemplifies and emphasizes individual achievement Sportsmanship along with teaching the physical attributes of the sport They have not previously received national or other significant recognition from USPTA or USTA They are well know in their district/clubs and are true heroes of the tennis teaching profession

COLLEGE COACH OF THE YEAR: Qualifications:

USPTA member nominees must have coached a collegiate team. Should have developed team enthusiasm Should have been a positive, permanent influence on their players

HIGH SCHOOL COACH OF THE YEAR: Qualifications:

Same as above, except nominee must have coached a high school team.

PLAYERS OF THE YEAR (Male and Female): Qualifications:

Should have had outstanding tournament results in USPTA or USTA events Must have a USPTA, USTA, ATP, and/or WTA ranking.

35 AND OVER PLAYERS OF THE YEAR (Male and Female): Qualifications: Same as above, except nominees must be 35 years old, or older

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55 AND OVER PLAYERS OF THE YEAR (Male and Female): Qualifications: Same Players of The Year, except nominees must be 55 years old, or older

COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD: Qualifications:

Should have made an outstanding contribution to the community through tennis

MVPTA STUDENT/ ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: This category is to recognize the accomplishments of a student/ athlete of a USPTA-certified professional. ** Check the new, added criteria for this category. ** Must be 18 years old or younger Must have shown significant game improvement, as well as maturity and good sportsmanship, both on and off the court ** Must reflect high academic achievement, or significant academic improvement ** Should be involved in community or other volunteer projects

FACILITY MANAGER OF THE YEAR: Qualifications:

Must be a general manager of a country club, commercial tennis facility, public tennis center, resort, or similar facility. Must support the USPTA and its professionals Must encourage professional development of facility staff Must be a promoter and contributor of tennis in the community

FACILITY OF THE YEAR: Qualifications:

Must be a facility run by a USPTA professional Must strongly support and promote tennis, and have gone out of its way to improve its tennis program.

LESSONS FOR LIFE AWARD: Qualifications:

Should be the division professional who raises the most money for charities through Lessons for Life events and /or has the most unique and creative event to raise money for the charities

CONTINUING EDUCATION “TOP POINT EARNER”: Qualifications:

Must have the highest continuing education points by the end of the nomination process (December 31, 2019.)

STAR AWARD: This special category recognizes USPTA members whose commitments to grassroots tennis have made indelible impressions on their communities, through tennis teaching and volunteer spirit. They emphasize individual achievement and sportsmanship, and have increased the opportunities for others to participate in tennis.

Download Form Below:

2019 USPTA Award Nomination Form


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Newsletter of USPTA’s Missouri Valley Division 405-819-6294 email: missourivalleydivision@yahoo.com Editor Contributors

Angie Koumaris Lindsay Hall, Rod Zerni

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