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Men's and Women's Tennis Coaches Honored by ITA

Women's head coach Traci Green and men's head coach Dave Fish were awarded the New England region's 2010 USTA/ITA QuickStart Provider of the Year Award (photo courtesy Harvard Athletic Communications).

SKILLMAN, N.J. – Harvard's men's and women's head tennis coaches, Dave Fish and Traci Green, have been honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association with the New England region's 2010 USTA/ITA QuickStart Provider of the Year Award.

The USTA/ITA QuickStart Provider of the Year Award recognizes coaches who have worked hard to bring the 10 & Under tennis program and the QuickStart format to their campus. The USTA list of criteria to become a QuickStart Provider includes:  hosting free/low-cost QuickStart festivals on campus, hosting (or have attended) a USTA QuickStart training, using QuickStart playing format on campus, hosting a USTA sanctioned 10 & Under or 8 & Under tournament, using QuickStart in the Adopt-a-school program, involved in a 10 & Under JTT program and have agreed to or have already installed permanent QuickStart lines on campus tennis courts.

"The USTA is very proud of the contributions these outstanding coaches have made on their campuses and within their local communities," said Tim Russell, Chair of the USTA Collegiate Varsity Committee in an ITA release. "The passion and leadership of these extraordinary individuals demonstrates their commitment to assisting in the development of young collegiate players."

Harvard's summer camp for a number of years has focused on training and teaching the concepts of QuickStart to both young tennis players and other coaches from around the country. Both Fish and Green have been integral in spreading the nationwide initiative to other collegiate coaches. There are currently plans to add five courts with the QuickStart lines to the Beren Tennis Center and to host a 10 & Under tennis festival.

 "I think that collegiate programs have always needed to be what I consider exemplars in the community," said Fish. "We've been blessed with amazing facilities, we have a tradition that dates back almost to the founding of the U.S. Tennis Association, and with that wonderful tradition comes the responsibility to make it available to youth in an affordable manner."