USTA Middle States today announced the hiring of three new staff members, each of whom will fill key roles in helping to promote and develop the growth of tennis.
Seth Walrath: Junior Development Program Coordinator
Seth Walrath is an experienced tennis teacher, player and promoter with background in a wide variety of junior tennis settings. With Middle States, Seth will work closely with all junior programs, including USTA Jr. Team Tennis, Junior Tournaments, District/Sectional Championships, Regional/Sectional Training Camps and other related programs associated with the junior pathway.
A Senior Coach at Centercourt Athletic Club, Seth is a graduate of Shippensburg University and the former Director of Junior Tennis at the Weymouth Club, in Weymouth, Mass. He’s also worked at Kinetix sports club in Norristown, Pa., and holds coaching experience at Curry College in Milton, Mass. He has numerous certifications through both the USTA and PTR.
Seth was a top-ranked junior player in the USTA Eastern Section, and finished top 10 in the National Junior College Athletic Association. He competed on the professional tour and is still a competitive player, currently holding the top ranking in the Middle States Men’s Open Doubles.
Seth will report to Senior Director of Junior Competition, Mike Kennedy. His first day will be Monday, Sept. 15.
Delia Sescioreanu: Tennis Service Representative for the Philadelphia Area Tennis District
Delia Sescioreanu is a former professional player who has since transitioned into the community and business sides of tennis, impacting and building tennis programming at the local level. As the new Tennis Service Representative in the Philadelphia Area Tennis District, Delia’s territory will include Montgomery, Chester, and Bucks County, where she will help lead the charge in growing the USTA brand and expanding its reach in the community.
Delia comes to Middle States after working as the Program Manager for Down the Line and Beyond Foundation, where she coordinated and oversaw a multitude of tennis programs, including Play Days. She also worked with Down the Line and Beyond in outreach by connecting the organization with schools and other youth organizations in the Philadelphia area. Delia has additional tennis experience in instruction, as she worked with Nike Tennis Camps in North Carolina.
A graduate of Auburn University (Montgomery, Ala.), Delia earned her MBA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2013, where she focused on Sports Marketing and Management.
Delia’s first day will be Thursday, Sept. 18.
Justin Landis: Community Development Manager
Justin Landis has worked closely in the Middle States tennis community for years, with his experiences ranging from tournament director and volunteer to tennis instructor and program developer. As the Community Development Manager at Middle States, he will use all of those past experiences to forge and foster new relationships with tennis providers, schools and clubs across the Section.
Justin spent the past year serving as a managing partner for Just Tennis, LLC, and as Deputy Director of PATTA (a 501c3 non-profit). In those roles he was charged with making tennis accessible and affordable in areas that didn’t have a strong tennis community. He took that charge head-on, increasing both organizations’ sizes and scopes by expanding their leagues, clinics and camps while also engaging a new group of 10 and Under players. Justin’s responsibilities during that time included staffing, marketing and communications, instruction and more.
A graduate of Temple University, Justin has previous experience in the Middle States office. He served as the Middle States Community Development Intern while at Temple, and also served as a Marketing Intern at Madison Square Garden. Justin is an avid runner and represented USTA Middle States last year by running in the New York City Marathon for Team USTA Serves. He raised $3,500 for USTA Foundation while preparing for the marathon.
Justin will report to Middle States Associate Executive Director, Ben Zislis. His first day will be Monday, Sept. 29.