Phillips Wins USPTA Education Credits Award

September 30, 2012 07:39 PM
Bill Phillips, left, receives his award from USPTA President Tom Daglis.

The United States Professional Tennis Association recognized those members who make education a priority. The Association honored Bill Phillips from Lafayette, La., as the top credit earner in USPTA’s Career Development Program.

Phillips serves as the USTA Southern Tennis Service Representation - Louisiana, The Lafayette, La. resident is also a USPTA-certified P-1 and member since 1986. He earned the most continuing education credits in the 2011 program with 88 education credits. Phillips serves as USPTA's 10 and Under Committee Chairman and as USPTA Southern Division's President.

Phillips has taught tennis or involved in the tennis industry for almost 40 years: as a director of tennis, as a tennis pro, a racquet sports representative, a shop owner, a big box sporting goods manager and a high school coach.

"I am a big believer in continuing education, particularly when today's pros need to have quite a few skill sets in order to be successful and in an effort to raise the quality and level of coaching among our members. I am a firm believer and supporter of USTA 10 and Under Tennis," he said.

USPTA recognizes leaders in tennis
The United States Professional Tennis Association honored those who stand out and go above and beyond in all aspects of the tennis industry, from tennis coaches to players to volunteers.

Dave Neuhart of Madison, Ga., received the Lessons for Life Individual Award for his charity events at the Reynolds Plantation/PBI, including the Columbus Celebrity Classic, which is held in support of the John B. Amos Cancer Center in Columbus. Neuhart is the director of tennis at Reynolds Plantation/PBI, and one of the biggest events he hosts is the Columbus Celebrity Classic in Columbus, Ga. He has been involved with this event and organizing the tennis pros for the past 13 years. The two-day event includes a celebrity headliner (this year it was Todd Martin). The event which caters to adults and kids includes intensive clinics in the morning, catered lunch with special speakers, and prizes. This is followed up with round robins, doubles drill sessions, a pro exhibition, and trip and award giveaways. This all benefits the John B. Amos Cancer Center in Columbus. Over the years this event has helped to pay off the Ronald McDonald House and help start/support a new wing at the Children’s Oncology Unit at Columbus Regional Medical Center, in addition to being a major sponsor for the John B. Amos Cancer Center. This year another record total of $271,000 was raised to support the cancer center.
The following have been named Player of the Year in their respective divisions:
Agata Cioroch, Atlanta, Ga. – Women’s Open
USPTA divisions receiving awards are:
USPTA Southern Division – Most Improved Division of the Year
USPTA Southern Division – Newsletter of the Year