A group of outstanding tennis advocates were inducted into the Middle States Hall of Fame Friday night in front of a group of 175 at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square in downtown Lancaster, Pa. The group included Marty Coyne, Jenni Goodling, Delaine Mast and Jay Witmer.
The 20th annual Middle States Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Auction honored a group with strong ties to the central Pa. area, and was emceed by Lancaster County news reporter Meredith Jorgensen.
“These four inductees have been essential for the growth of tennis in our area,” said Middle States President Gina Pileggi. “Their impact from the central Pennsylvania region – and throughout all of Middle States – has been felt for years, and will continue to be felt for years to come.”
“The impact of these inductees to the community and the game, and their service to tennis over a long period of time is remarkable,” added USTA MS Executive Director Marlynn Orlando. “We feel privileged to honor this group. It is truly a recognition well-deserved.”
Proceeds from the evening will be used towards the growth of junior tennis in Middle States, with 25 percent of those proceeds being distributed specifically in the Central Pennsylvania District.
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from the event.
Marty Coyne (Bloomsburg Pa.) has coached tennis for nearly two decades at Bloomsburg University, leading the men’s team for 18 years and the women’s team for 17. A 12-time conference Coach of the Year honoree, Coyne was also a standout player at Bloomsburg, winning eight conference titles en route to All-America honors (1983). A Bloomsburg Hall of Fame inductee, Coyne and his players have been instrumental in promoting tennis in the community, forming a town park tennis program, hosting a Special Olympics training center, volunteering with Meals on Wheels, and more.
Jenni Goodling (York, Pa.) parlayed her experiences as a young pro player into a career as a tennis teacher and advocate. The 2008 Middle States Teaching Pro of the Year, Goodling played in all four Grand Slams and amassed a playing resume that included tennis on six continents. In recent years, Goodling has been a catalyst for growing tennis in the York area, coaching juniors and adults at various levels. An outstanding motivator, she teaches tennis to juniors by building confidence and emphasizing the life-skills presented on the court. She has donated hundreds of hours to tennis by providing free clinics, lessons and coaching workshops to the local community.
Delaine Mast (Lancaster, Pa.) has spent more than 30 years using tennis as a platform to positively impact communities and change lives for the better. Currently serving as the National Program Coordinator for World TeamTennis (WTT), Mast has coaching experience that spans several decades and has served the USTA as a board member at district, section and national levels, including a two-year term as President of Middle States (1999-2000). Mast is the founder and Executive Director of the Junior Tennis Corporation of America, a non-profit organization that provides free tennis lessons to more than 10,000 youth in 13 cities nationwide.
Jay Witmer (Millersville, Pa.) has impacted tennis at many levels in the past 30 years by growing USTA programming and organizing teams throughout the central Pennsylvania region and beyond. A former USTA MS President (2005-06), Witmer started with Middle States as a league coordinator in the early 1980s, and after just a short period of time, was looking for more ways to get involved. An Area League Coordinator in CPD for the past 10 years, Witmer also won the Carol Strasser Memorial League Service Award in 2007, and is a Lancaster Tennis Patrons Hall of Fame inductee. He can be found at USTA League Tennis Section Championships each summer as a volunteer, as he continues to find new ways to get involved.
About the Hall of Fame
The USTA Middle States Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Auction is in its 20th year. The annual event supports the junior tennis programs and activities and furthers tennis education objectives in Middle States. Established in 1994, the prestigious Hall boasts 82 prior inductees including tennis legend and women’s rights pioneer Billie Jean King, and former USTA Presidents Jane Brown Grimes, Merv Heller, Judy Levering and Martin Tressel. The event provides an opportunity for all who love the game of tennis to celebrate the past and support the future.