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Wendy Thomas Named USTA All-Star Coach

October 19, 2015 09:12 PM


A dozen exceptional school coaches have been recognized for fostering inclusion and promoting participation on the tennis courts this fall.

The USTA named 12 middle school and high school coaches from across the country to the 2015 No-Cut Coach All-Star team. These coaches implement a no-cut policy, which welcomes all interested students to be a part of their school’s tennis team.

Former USTA Northern New Mexico volunteer president and current La Cueva High School (Albuquerque, NM) girls' tennis coach Wendy Thomas was one of the 12 selected. 

Wendy_ThomasSince 2006, more than 4,000 tennis coaches nationwide have made a commitment to offer no-cut team tennis, with some programs including more than 100 team members on a high school squad. The goal of the no-cut program is to ensure that all young players experience the fun and fulfillment of playing tennis and participating in a school sport.

“These coaches play a critical role not only in the development of student-athletes throughout the year, but in the success of no-cut tennis and the sport of tennis as a whole,” said Glenn Arrington, the USTA’s director of high school tennis. “We are extremely proud of these coaches who foster inclusion and continue to help shape today’s youth into well-rounded student athletes.”

The No-Cut Coach All-Star Team was established in 2013. Coaches are nominated by their respective USTA section. To qualify for the USTA No-Cut All-Star team, coaches must be currently implementing a no-cut policy on their tennis teams and be currently registered with the USTA as a “no-cut” coach. Additionally, each candidate must have at least five years of experience coaching tennis. 

The 2015 No-Cut Coach All-Star Team includes:

  • Don Ackerly – Valhalla High School, El Cajon, Calif.
  • Doug Chapman – Somerset-Berkley Regional High School, Somerset, Mass.
  • Teresa Cunningham – Winter Park High School, Winter Park, Fla.
  • Ted Dasler – Lakeland High School, Minocqua, Wis.
  • Jeanie Duncan – Lincoln High School, Lincoln, Calif.
  • Danny Espinosa – Rivera Early College High School, Brownsville, Texas
  • Debra Gable – Dallastown High School, Dallastown, Pa.
  • Suzie Heideman – East Ridge High School, Woodbury, Minn.
  • Lisa O’Hanahan – Carl Junction High School, Carl Junction, Mo.
  • Paul Seegraves – Piggott High School, Piggot, Ark.
  • Donna Swanson – Moapa Valley Empowerment High School, Overton, Nev.
  • Wendy Thomas – La Cueva High School, Albuquerque, N.M.

To register as a no-cut coach or to learn more about the program and free registration incentives, visit www.usta.com/no-cut.