Middle States Announces 2014 Award Recipients

USTA Middle States this week released its list of award recipients from 2014, recognizing some of the top tennis individuals, coaches, players and advocates from across the Section.

awards_blogAward recipients were chosen through a representation of USTA Middle States volunteers and staff, working together to compile nominations from each of the six Middle States districts: Allegheny Mountain (AMD), Central Pennsylvania (CPD), Delaware (DD), Eastern Pennsylvania (EPD), New Jersey (NJD) and the Philadelphia Area (PATD).

Recipients will be honored at their respective district award ceremony, which will take place on various dates between January and April. A schedule for the district award ceremonies can be found below.

Related: Award Category Descriptions


Community Tennis Association Award
South Philadelphia Tennis Association (Philadelphia Area Tennis District)

Edwin J. Faulkner College Coach of the Year
Jim Holt, Gwynedd-Mercy University (Philadelphia Area Tennis District)

Edwin J. Faulkner High School Coach of the Year
Barbara VanBuskirk, Nazareth Area High School (Eastern Pennsylvania District)

Family of the Year
Stark Family (New Jersey District)

Media Excellence Award
Karen Kadilak, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Allegheny Mountain District)

Presidential Service Award
Mark Jacobs (New Jersey District)
Nancy Wilkins (New Jersey District)

Teaching Professional of the Year
Janice Irwin (Allegheny Mountain District)

Tennis Industry Initiative Award
Philadelphia Freedoms, World TeamTennis

Tennis On Campus Leader Award
Mike Kara, Rowan University (New Jersey District)

Tournament Director of the Year
Eric Wall (New Jersey District)

USTA Junior Team Tennis Organizer Award
Elyse Baney-Barton (Delaware District)

Volunteer of the Year: Adult
Nell Matthews (Central Pennsylvania District)

Volunteer of the Year: Junior
Caroline Casey (New Jersey District)
Olivia Warner (Allegheny Mountain District)

William A. Hills Section NJTL Chapter Award
NJTL of Trenton (New Jersey District)

Related: Former USTA Middle States Award Recipients

District Award Ceremonies: Dates

Delaware District – January 25, 2015, Doubletree Hotel (Wilmington, Del.)
Central Pennsylvania District – March 1, 2015, Heritage Hills Resort (York, Pa.)
Philadelphia Area Tennis District – March 8, 2015, Green Valley Country Club (Lafayette Hill, Pa.)
Eastern Pennsylvania District – March 15, 2015, Moravian College, HUB Building (Bethlehem, Pa.)
New Jersey District – April 19, 2015, Laurel Creek Country Club (Mount Laurel, N.J.)
Allegheny Mountain District – TBD

For more info on the events, or for media requests, contact Michael Gladysz at gladysz@ms.usta.com or call 484-302-0759.

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