Steve Wise Tennis on Campus
|Steve Wise, USTA Midwest Section
Collegiate Coordinator, was awarded the
2007 Tennis On Campus Coordinator of the
Congratulations to the USTA Midwest Section's Collegiate Coordinator, Steve Wise! Wise is the second recipient of the Tennis On Campus Coordinator of the Year Award. This award is bestowed on behalf of the USTA Collegiate Committee each year to honor and acknowledge a staff member who constantly seeks to increase participation throughout the campus community in innovative and exciting ways.
Through a tireless work effort and the utmost dedication, Wise has made a tremendous impact on all aspects of collegiate tennis in the Midwest Section. Over the past year, he has increased the number of Tennis On Campus programs to 55, with 25 of those colleges having club tennis teams! He runs one of the first club tennis leagues to have been established in the country, the Midwest Conference League, in which all of the club tennis teams in the Midwest Section compete. The culmination of the league season is the USTA Campus Championship - Midwest. Wise recently hosted more than 200 participants from 17 colleges on 24 teams at this year's tournament, more than doubling the number of schools and teams at last year's event!
"Without his inspiration, motivation, and support, it would not have been possible to make the tennis program on the University of Wisconsin campus as successful as it is, " says University of Wisconsin Club Tennis Team President Andy Rebhun. "He has given me advice both on and off the court, which has been instrumental in running the club tennis team. Not only can I call Steve a great league coordinator, I am proud to refer to him as a friend."
Wise works closely with the Midwest Section's successful Collegiate Committee. Together, Wise and the Collegiate Committee are continually pushing the envelope of the Tennis On Campus program to achieve bigger and better things. He also works closely with varsity tennis programs throughout the section and arranges several College Tennis Workshops to inform high school tennis players of their collegiate tennis options.
"We're very pleased to see this year's award go to Steve Wise, " says Glenn Arrington, USTA National Manager, Collegiate Tennis. "Steve has shown tremendous leadership and vision in growing campus programs throughout the Midwest Section. He's also one of the only full-time coordinators strictly devoted to collegiate tennis in the country. The results clearly speak volumes about his ability to make things happen."
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