USTA Intermountain announced its 2012 Annual Awards winners at an awards luncheon and ceremony held Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at the Marriott South at Park Meadows in Lonetree, Colorado.
Each year, USTA Intermountain honors individuals and organizations that work to promote and develop the growth of tennis in the Intermountain Section of the United States Tennis Association. Intermountain’s six Districts (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming) annually nominate candidates for the following recognitions: Organization of the Year; Family of the Year; David Freed (lifetime service) Award; Barbara Clark/Diversity & Inclusion Community Service Award; Jan Dowse (exemplary volunteer/staffmember) Award; Youth Tennis Ambassador; and Nikos Ridle (sportsmanship) Award. Congratulations to all of our recipients!
2012 Organization of the Year
University of Wyoming Varsity Tennis Center; Laramie, WY
Given annually to recognize the services rendered to Intermountain’s USTA members by its member organizations: Community Tennis Associations, Clubs, and Parks and Recreation Departments. Section winners are submitted to the USTA for the National Organization of the Year Award.
Dean Clower, University of Wyoming
The University of Wyoming added four new indoor courts to their existing two indoor and eight outdoor courts. As a result, the organization has seen participation increase in their programs, including drills and 10 and Under Play Days which brought in more than 800 youth. They hosted the Mountain West College Finals, the USTA District JTT Championships, and held a training for Special Olympians and their coaches.
UW has Campus QuickStart programs, USTA College Club tennis, tournament and a Tri-level league. The Center also supports USTA Adult, Mixed, Senior and Super Senior Leagues, District Adult and Senior League Playoffs and offers free lessons to wheelchair players. UW?partners with Wyoming Tennis Association and Alpine Tennis Association to expand its outreach and introduce more children and adults to tennis.
2012 Family of Year
Osborn Family; Pocatello, ID
Presented annually to a family within the USTA Intermountain Section who has exemplified the benefits of tennis as a family recreational sport and has contributed to their tennis community in a significant way. Section winners are submitted to the USTA for the National Family of the Year Award.
Nicole and Ron Osborn
The Osborn family is an influential presence in their Pocatello tennis community and throughout the state. The Osborns have given much of their time, energy, money and heart to improving and promoting tennis in Idaho.
The Osborns work together organizing and running annual tennis tournaments. Ron Osborn coaches high school tennis, participates in Tennis 101 events, formed a 3.0 men’s team that went to Nationals and offers free tennis lessons after work. Ron also serves as the Idaho Representative for Idaho Tennis Association and is the President of the ITA Board of Directors.
Ron’s wife, Nicole, encouraged her husband to take up tennis. She serves as the Pocatello Area League Coordinator and is captain to many USTA teams. Their older daughter, Scarlett, played high school tennis and led the team in wins while qualifying for State. She now plays in adult tennis leagues. Their younger daughter, Andrea, is in middle school and volunteers at high school practices. Both Ron and Nicole are working with the cities of Pocatello and Chubbuck to improve and increase the number of courts through city budgeting, USTA grants and donations.
2012 David Freed Award
Greg Patton; Boise, ID
Given from time to time to an individual for lifetime service to tennis within the USTA Intermountain Section. This award was first introduced in 1988 and given to David Freed of Salt Lake City, Utah. David served as Intermountain’s Secretary and Treasurer for 39 years from 1936-1975.
Greg Patton has coached tennis for more than 30 years at UC Irvine and Boise State University and led the US National Team at the junior level from 1998-2003. Over the course of his career, Greg has received several awards including NCAA Coach of the Year; Big West Coach of the Year (five times); World Team Tennis Coach of the Year (twice); and National Coach of the Year. He was elected to the UC Irvine Athletic Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Boise State University Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2012, Greg was named Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year and the National Regional Coach of the Year.
Greg led the National Boys 14s to the 2003 World Cup Championships. He has coached numerous players to All-American status including Luke Shields, Thomas Schoeck and Guillaume Bouvier. He has also coached top players at the junior level including Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, Michael Chang and David Wheaton. Greg’s overall coaching record is 711-328 which currently ranks him fifth in the nation for most wins by an active NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Coach.
Greg’s involvement with the tennis community goes beyond the collegiate level. He, his coaching staff and players often host Free Play Days for kids. "Greg lives and breathes tennis. His commitment is matched only by his generosity."
2012 Barbara Clark Diversity and Inclusion Award
Colundra "Sue" Owens; Las Vegas, NV
Initiated in 2000 as the Community Service Award, this award was renamed in 2006 to honor Barbara Clark, who died in September of that year. Barbara was a longtime employee and ambassador for the Section. This award is given annually to honor an individual in the Intermountain Section who has made a significant contribution to multicultural populations and communities through tennis.
Colundra "Sue" Owens
In collaboration with the Police Athletic League, Andre Agassi Boys & Girls Club and the Las Vegas Commissioner, Sue started the Neighborhood Tennis Academy (NTA) and for the last nine months they have served more than 200 participants. The NTA helps at-risk, underprivileged children, ages 5-18 (90 percent are African American and 10 percent are Hispanic). Students learn tennis while learning life lessons that show a definite road out of poverty. Sue loves to share her story on how tennis has helped her r each goals.
A component of the NTA is to get players into college. Sue assists them in the process by contacting colleges and writing recommendation letters. She also helps students apply for scholarships, edits video footage and assists in assembling packages to mail to colleges.
"We have witnessed the impact Sue Owens has made in the lives of so many youth throughout Las Vegas community," said Melissa Lardomita (Southern Nevada PAL).
2012 Youth Tennis Ambassador (10 and Under) Award
Jim Moortgat; Boise, ID
Initiated in 2012, this award is given to recognize the outstanding individual efforts of a coach, parent, CTA or organization that is helping to build the 10 and Under Tennis program.
Cam (left) and Jim Moortgat (right)
Jim has coached for more than 16 years as Director of Tennis & Head Coach for the University of Mobile and Samford and as the Boise State University Women’s Tennis Coach and Men’s Head Coach. He has been named NCAA Coach of the Year at the National, Sectional, Regional and Conference levels. He is certified as a USTA Player Development Coach, Head Coach and Administrator, USTA Area Training Center, ATP & WTA Touring Coach and National Wheelchair Coach. He currently serves as the Idaho Representative on the ITA Coaches Commission.
When Jim left the NCAA coaching world he began a tennis academy that serves the tennis community of Idaho’s Treasure Valley. Jim hopes to enable his students to not only learn the game of tennis, but to excel in life and build character. Jim works to improve every aspect of his players including attitude, sportsmanship and conduct. He emphasizes that play is on the court, officials do not cost players matches, and the game must be respected no matter what the outcome is.
Parents call him the "tennis whisperer." His voice says, "I care, but I’m stern so don’t disappoint me." Jim has been able to balance the drive to win versus sportsmanship on and off the court. He is a "credit and inspiration to the community."
2012 Nikos Ridle Award
Parth Raina; Boise, ID
Presented annually to a junior tennis player within the USTA Intermountain Section who exemplifies the spirit of tennis through their activities on and off the court. This award is given in memory of Nikos Ridle, a nationally ranked junior player from Billings, Montana, who was killed in an automobile accident at age 19. Section winners are submitted to the USTA for the Bill Talbert Junior Sportsmanship Award.
Parth started playing tennis at the age of 5. His first coach taught him the technical skills. His second coach helped him establish a strong foundation, and his current coach helps him develop a powerful offensive game, big serves, strong forehands, and the techniques to shorten points develop mental strength.
Parth’s conviction and love for tennis has led him to give back to his Idaho community. He teaches tennis to kids at various levels and helps them excel in their academics. He also helps them compete in District and State tournaments.
For the past three summers, Parth has held a charity event, teaching tennis to raise donations for the Idaho Tennis Foundation, donating the majority of the proceeds to ITF to help scholarship low income youth in Idaho Tennis Association’s Tennis is Elementary programs. Parth plans to hold a charity program at the end of each summer throughout his college years.
2012 Jan Dowse Award
Linda Vincent; Salt Lake City, UT
Named after Jan Dowse, former Executive Director of the Utah Tennis Association, this award is given to Intermountain’s Volunteer or Staffmember of the Year to recognize his or her outstanding contributions, personal unselfishness and devotion to the game.
Linda Vincent, Executive Director of Utah Tennis Association, 1988-2012
Frank Adams, exemplary service on the USTA Intermountain Board of Directors as Sectional Delegate and Past President
Jon Messick, exemplary service as the President of USTA Intermountain Board of Directors, 2011-12
Monica Haller Bradley
Monica Haller Bradley (left), exemplary service as the USTA Intermountain Interim Executive Director (June through October, 2012) with 2013 USTA Intermountain Board of Directors President Angela Emery (center) and USTA Intermountain Executive Director Rob Scott (right)
Maggie Meyer, USTA Intermountain Administrative Coordinator (left) and
Dave Boon, USTA Wyoming Executive Director (right)