UWF Tennis Coach Derrick Racine Named USTA/ITA Campus QuickStart Provider of the Year

first_img Share UWF Tennis Coach Derrick Racine Named USTA/ITA Campus QuickStart Provider of the Year SKILLMAN, N.J. – University of West Florida men’s and women’s tennis head coach Derrick Racine has been named the national winner of the USTA/ITA Campus QuickStart Provider of the Year Award, the USTA and ITA announced today. Racine will be honored during the ITA Welcoming and Awards Banquet at the ITA Coaches Convention on December 18th in Naples, Fla. Racine is the first UWF tennis coach to win the award.The USTA and ITA also announced that Brad Pearce, the head men’s tennis coach at Brigham Young University, was named the recipient of the USTA/ITA Campus and Community Outreach Award. Pearce will also be recognized during the ITA Welcoming and Awards Banquet.The national winner of the USTA/ITA Campus QuickStart Provider of the Year Award is selected from a list of USTA Sectional winners that was determined earlier this fall. This list included Kris Diehl of Coe College representing the Missouri Valley and Traci Green and Dave Fish of Harvard University from the New England Section. Also on the list were Arkansas Tech’s Abby Davis for the Southern Section and Peter Smith of USC for the Southern California Section. Racine represented the Florida Section on the sectional winner list. The awards program for both awards was open to ITA head and assistant coaches at the NCAA Division I, II and III levels, as well as the NAIA and Junior/Community College levels. The potential candidates list for the awards was over 2,000. Racine, who is in his 13th year as head coach of the men’s and women’s tennis programs at UWF, has been one of the pioneers of the USTA/ITA Campus Programs. While he has been active in hosting USTA/ITA Campus Kids’ Days and USTA/ITA Campus Showdowns, he is most recognized for his efforts with the USTA/ITA QuickStart Program.The QuickStart program encourages colleges to bring tennis for children to their campuses. The weekly program at UWF, known as “QuickStart Argos”, hosts tournaments for three age groups of children: 5-6 year olds, 7-8 year olds and a 9-10 year old division. Roughly 30 participants are a part of QuickStart Argos each week. UWF has permanently installed QuickStart lines on the UWF campus tennis courts. Participants from across the Gulf Coast attended a free carnival and clinic session, and a USTA QuickStart Workshop to kick off the QuickStart Argos program. Racine has also designed a program that works with local elementary and middle schools. The program uses QuickStart formats in the schools’ physical education classes. Racine also aids in assembling teams for the USTA Junior Team Tennis program.Racine’s efforts also reach those already on the UWF campus. A six week program, with a lesson once per week, is offered free of charge and is open to all West Florida faculty and staff. The UWF men’s and women’s tennis teams have wrapped up their fall seasons. The Argo women are listed at No. 5 in the nation in the preseason edition of the Campbell’s/ITA College Tennis Rankings. The men are listed at No. 8 in the men’s preseason version of the Campbell’s/ITA College Tennis Rankings.For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS#Official ITA Release — www.GoArgos.com –Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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