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2002 Awards

LAURIE SELBY IS 2002 VERMONT VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

Laurie Selby has been a great proponent for tennis in Vermont’s White River Junction area. She was a driving force in the development of the Upper Valley Community Tennis Association and continues to be an essential element in the management and growth of this dynamic Community Tennis Association.

In addition, Laurie was the main catalyst for the conversion of a group of 40 female recreational tennis players into what is currently a USA Team Tennis League in which 176 women and men participate. In just two years the Upper Valley Team Tennis League grew from 8 to 16 teams and is now comprised of A and B divisions for both men and women.

Laurie was instrumental in the development of a bimonthly e-mail communication which provides tennis information for the Upper Valley locale and beyond. Laurie also helps out on the court by assisting both Sean and Larry Bayle in tennis clinics for kids in the Hartford (VT) Recreation Program.

Together with Sean McCaffrey, Laurie is currently involved in the development of an Upper Valley area Junior USA Team Tennis League for 2003. One of the many components that sets Laurie apart is her ability to work well with others and to motivate people to get work accomplished. She firmly believes in new ideas and growth.

Laurie is clearly a great advocate not only for tennis per se, but also for USA Tennis Pathway Programs, USA Tennis Vermont and USA Tennis New England!

Laurie (on the left) is shown with USA Tennis Vermont President, Diane Meyer, who presented the award.

CHAMPLAIN VALLEY IS 2002 USA TEAM TENNIS LEAGUE OF THE YEAR

The Champlain Valley USA Team Tennis League has had a long reputation as being an all inclusive recreation junior tennis league that met on Fridays for pick-up matches between area clubs. This past season, coaches from the various clubs got together and developed a format in keeping with those of the Red, White, and Blue Divisions of the National USA Team Tennis League format. This allowed teams from the Champlain Valley League to participate in a State Tournament and in New England and Northeast Regional tournaments.

Team Racquet’s Edge, coached by Dan Bonfigli, was the winner of the White Division Tournaments in Vermont and New England and went on to become a finalist in the Northeast Regional Tournament.

The success and credit that the Champlain Valley and Vermont has received is a direct result of the time and energy that Dan and other area coaches spent on the development of the new format. Under the new structure scores and standings were published in the Burlington Free Press on a weekly basis. More importantly, it increased the level of competition for the better players while providing a less formal playing atmosphere for players with less experience.

The USTA New England Division recognized the great success of the program by presenting the Champlain Valley USA Team Tennis League as the 2002 USA Team Tennis League of the Year, a great honor for both the League and the state of Vermont!

Dan

Dan accepting the award on behalf of the Champlain Valley League!

SEAN McCAFFREY - USPTA NEW ENGLAND HIGH SCHOOL COACH OF 2002

Sean McCaffrey, the tennis pro at Our Court in White River Junction, received the USPTA New England High School Coach of the Year award at the regional USPTA conference in Stowe in Mayof 2002.

Sean started playing tennis on town courts in Balston Spa and Saratoga, NY when he was 4 years old; he has been playing ever since - 25 years. In 1993 he began his tennis career as head coach of the Men's and Women's Tennis Teams at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI, a position he held until 1995. Sean has coached the Hanover, NH High School Class #1 Boy's tennis team since 1996 with a reccord of 84 wins and 11 losses. In 1997 he became a certified USPTA pro and last year became the tennis professional at Our Court, an indoor club in White River Junction.

When asked what he loves about the game of tennis Sean replied very simply: "Arthur Ashe & John McEnroe. Ashe's composure on and off the court and his good will. Mac's game and finess ". I enjoyed tennis at a very early age, but it was only recently that I really fell in love with it. Once I was able to teach people how to play, it was even more rewarding; you feel pride in them and in yourself.

Sean's advice to anyone working with developing Juniors is "be patient, but firm. Be positive, but critique when neccesary. Show them you care about them both as players and people. The best advice! Learn how to keep the ball in play before you start 'crushing' the ball; more often than not consistency will help win matches."

CONGRATULATIONS SEAN ON WINNING THIS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD !

2002 USA TENNIS NEW ENGLAND ANNUAL AWARD WINNERS

The 2002 USA Tennis New England Awards were presented at the Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on Saturday, December 7th at the Black Point Inn at Prouts Neck, Maine. The 2002 Vermont winners and those who hail from just over the boarder were:

VERMONT VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Laurie Selby (
White River Junction, VT.)

USA TEAM TENNIS LEAGUE OF THE YEAR
Champlain Valley USA Team Tennis League (Essex Junction, VT.)
Program Director: Dan Bonfigli (
Essex
Junction, VT.)

JUNIOR TOURNAMENT OF THE YEAR
Jiffi Rule Memorial Junior Challenger
Dartmouth College
(Hanover, NH) - Tournament Director: Ann Webb
(
Sunapee, N.H.
)

EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE YEAR
Dartmouth College
(Hanover, N.H.)
Dir., Tennis Operations: Chuck Kinyon (
Hanover, N.H.
)

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF YOU AND THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK!

 


 
 
 
 
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