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Former Georgia Tech Coach and Clemson University All-American Joins USTA Southern Section Staff

October 29, 2003 03:00 PM

The USTA Southern Section today announced that Jean Desdunes, former head tennis professional at the Summit Chase Country Club in Snellville, GA, has been hired as the organization’s new Multicultural Participation / NJTL Coordinator. His first day will be Monday, November 3.

As Multicultural Participation / NJTL Coordinator, Desdunes will be responsible for promoting, planning and implementing the organization’s multicultural goals and strategies as well as developing new multicultural player development programs.

“Jean brings a fantastic lifetime of tennis experiences to the job,” said John Callen, USTA Southern Section executive director. “He was an NJTL player, a college All-American and a successful junior and NCAA Division I collegiate coach. I am excited to have Jean as a fellow staff member.”

Desdunes is a graduate of Clemson University, where he was a two-time All-American and a four-time All-ACC while playing tennis for the Tigers. He was named Senior NCAA Player of the Year in 1983 and was selected to the 50th Anniversary team of the ACC in 2002.

He brings over eighteen years of professional tennis and coaching experience to the USTA Southern Section. Most recently he was tennis professional at Summit Chase Country Club in Snellville, GA. At Summit Chase he provided tennis coaching to all members and coordinated team practices. He also developed the club’s junior tennis program and organized member activities.

From 1988 – 1998 he was head coach of the men’s tennis team at the Georgia Institute of Technology, during which time he coached four All-Americans and 10 All-ACC’s. At Tech he also managed a highly successful junior tennis academy, which resulted in over thirty academy participants earning scholarships to tennis programs as Division I schools. He earned ACC Coach of the Year honors in 1988 and 1994.

Desdunes was also a USTA National Team Travel Coach from 1985 – 1989.

Founded in 1881, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in this country. In addition to owning the US Open and selecting members of the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic teams, the USTA administers a variety of programs nationwide for players of all ages and ability levels. A not-for-profit organization, the association is divided into 17 sections, of which the USTA Southern Section is the largest. The 168,000 USTA members living in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee make up the USTA Southern Section, and account for approximately 25% of the total USTA membership. A professional staff housed in Norcross, GA carries out the USTA Southern Section’s daily operations, but policy is formed and much of the organization’s work is executed via a Board and committee structure of over 200 volunteers. For more information about the types of programs and services offered by the USTA Southern Section visit www.southerntennis.com.




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