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ITA/USTA Mentorship Program

ITA/USTA MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

Application Deadline - June 12th

Limited Number of Spots Available

Program Overview

The ITA in partnership with the USTA created the Mentorship Program in 2020 to help develop and educate the next generation of college coaches.  The year-long program matches fifteen selected mentees with experienced current and retired Head Coach mentors from all divisions and backgrounds.  The pairs communicate regularly throughout the year and build strong relationships and systems of support.  

2022-23 marks the third year of the program, which will kick off with a virtual orientation involving all of the mentees and mentors followed by virtual educational opportunities throughout the year featuring outside guests and experts who will present on topics most relevant to the mentees.  The program will culminate with the new addition of a required in-person workshop for all of the mentees at the ITA National Convention in May of 2023 at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona, FL.  Mentees will be provided a $500 travel stipend and receive free registration to the convention from the ITA. 

Testimonials

“The USTA is excited that the ITA has decided to partner with the USTA to implement a Mentoring Program to benefit young collegiate coaches,” Martin Blackman, USTA General Manager of Player Development, said. “Over the last seven years, thanks to the work of Dr. Paul Lubbers and Jessica Battaglia the USTA has used various Mentoring Programs to match Champions with players, facilitate Diverse Coach mentoring and guide young coaches. This is a great opportunity to expand the impact of that template thanks to the visionary leadership of the ITA.”
Martin Blackman
USTA General Manager, Player Development

Class of 2021

Class of 2020

Contact ITA Director of Coach Education, Danielle McNamara (dmcnamara@itatennis.com), with any questions.   If you are a current Head Coach and interested in becoming a Mentor, email Danielle.

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