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2010 Starfish Award Finalists Announced

July 27, 2010 11:05 AM
The United States Tennis Association announced the eighteen national finalists for the 2010 USTA Starfish Award, honoring high school coaches who implement a "No Cut" policy for their high school tennis team.
   
A No-Cut policy essentially means every student who wishes to play is welcomed as a member of the team. Some programs have more than 100 official high school tennis team members. The coaches of these teams serve as positive role models and make a difference by spending the extra time and effort to ensure that thousands of young players experience the fun of representing their high school tennis team.
  
"These coaches have gone above and beyond their duties as a No-Cut coach by impacting the lives of their players both on and off the tennis court," said Kirk Anderson, Director of Recreational Coaches and Programs, USTA. "As a result of their dedication and unwavering commitment to the No-Cut program, the USTA has selected these coaches from a pool of over 3,300 coaches for the 2010 Starfish Award."
  
The USTA will recognize two national winners at the 40th annual USTA Tennis Teachers Conference on August 30th in New York City. The Starfish Award is in its sixth year of existence and has honored ten winners since 2005.
  
To qualify as a Starfish Award winner coaches must have implemented the No-Cut program at a high school and be nominated by USTA Sectional Coordinators. Final winners are determined by a select panel of USTA committee members, staff, volunteers and career no-cut coaches.
  
All registered no-cut coaches have access to updates and tips from the No-Cut Coaches Advisory Team and an interactive coaches forum. Comprised of seasoned and successful no-cut high school coaches, the Advisory Team offers advice, guidance and resources to coaches who are challenged by the obstacles of working with such large teams.
 
 
 To register as a no-cut coach or learn more about the program, visit www.usta.com/no-cut
 
 
Finalists
 
Jim Begin, Waterville, Maine - Waterville High School
  
Joe Benedict, Cedar Rapids, Iowa - John F. Kennedy High School
 
George A. Crouse, Jr., Pawcatuck, Conn. - Stonington High School
 
Corbin Graves, Tallahassee, Fla. - Maclay School
 
Kenneth Griffith, Indian Head, Md. - Henry E. Lackey High School
 
Mitzi Jeppesen, Layton, Utah - Northridge High School
 
Ryan Kalis, Kansas City, Mo. - Park Hill High School
 
Matt Lee, Honolulu, Hawaii - Kalani High School
 
Paul Midkiff, Macon, Ga - Mount de Sales Academy
 
Jim Neal, Schenectady, N.Y - Niskayuna High School
 
Paul Pautsch, Bentonville, Ariz. - Bentonville High School
 
Peter Sok, Westchester, Pa. - West Chester Henderson High School
 
Jim Solomon, West Hartford, Conn. - Hall High School
 
David Steinbach, Brookfield, Wis. - Brookfield Central High School
 
Irene Tharin, Palm Harbor, Fla. - Palm Harbor University High School
 
Eric Voges, Chattanooga, Tenn - McCallie High School.
 
Bill Wagstaff, Spokane, Wash - Mead High School
 
Matt Wiemers, McCook, Neb - McCook High School
 
 
 

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