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USTA Southern Hires Tennis Service Representatives

November 4, 2005 06:09 AM

The USTA Southern Section announced that it has hired seven Tennis Service Representatives. The Tennis Service

Representative (TSR) is a newly created position in the Southern Section’s Marketing Department. The goals of the TSR team will be to increase participation in tennis by promoting, developing, and servicing tennis programs in assigned geographic areas through the establishment of strong relationships with local tennis facilities, industry organizations and other non-tennis entities.

Julie Oshiro-Kenton, of Beaufort, SC, was the first TSR hired by Southern and part of the Early Start program. Assigned to work in the state of South Carolina, Oshiro-Kenton was offered the TSR field position in July 2005.

Joining Oshiro-Kenton will be Bill Dopp (Monroe, GA), Jason Miller (Louisville, KY), Bill Phillips (Lafayette, LA), Kevin Theos (Homewood, AL), Patrick Tibbs (Laurel, MS) and Karen Zuidema (Atlanta, GA). Three additional TSR field positions have yet to be filled. There will be ten TSR's in total working for Southern, including nine field staff (one per Southern state) and one coordinator who will be working out of the organization's Atlanta office.

“I believe the Southern TSR team, under the direction of Bill Oakes, is an outstanding group of individuals capable of moving the dial positively in tennis,” said USTA Southern Executive Director John Callen. “The varied backgrounds and years of tennis experience held by each member of the team are unparalleled and I am excited to see what this group will be able to accomplish.”

Bill Dopp, most recently employed by Peter Burwash International, a global Tennis Management Company, has been working as the Director of Tennis at the Stone Mountain Tennis Center in Stone Mountain, GA. Dopp has been hired to fill the TSR Coordinator role.
Jason Miller, who earned a B.A. degree in Secondary Education from Indiana University and later received his Masters in Sport Administration from the University of Louisiana, has most recently worked with the USTA Kentucky office as their Director of Recreational Tennis. Miller’s territory will be the state of Kentucky.

Bill Phillips, a former member of the U.S. Air Force, has been working as a Regional Community Coordinator for USTA Louisiana. He earned Tennis Professional of the Year honors from the USPTA Southern Division in 2005 and the USPTA Louisiana Chapter in 2003. Phillips has been assigned to cover the state of Louisiana.

Kevin Theos earned his Law Degree from Northwestern University in Chicago in 1996 but has devoted much of his life to the promotion of the sport of tennis. Prior to being hired by USTA Southern Theos was the Executive Director for the Birmingham Area Tennis Association in Alabama. Theos has been assigned the territory of Alabama.

Patrick Tibbs is a former ATP Tour player and Davis Cup captain for Uganda. When he stopped competing professionally Tibbs remained heavily involved in tennis, working as a teaching professional at a variety of clubs and facilities in the U.S. and abroad. Most recently Tibbs founded XCELTENNIS LLC, an independent tennis management company in Laurel, MS. Tibbs will direct his efforts in Mississippi.

Karen Zuidema has been working in the tennis industry ever since graduating from Carson-Newman College in 1993. Her ties with the USTA go back several years, working as a Junior Programs Coordinator for USTA Georgia since 1999. Prior to that she worked for USTA Southern in 1998-1999. Zuidema has been assigned to cover the state of Georgia.




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