Horton USTA/ITA Community Service Award Recipient
FORT MYERS, Fla – Florida Gulf Coast University men’s tennis coach J. Webb Horton has been selected as the national winner of the USTA/ITA Community Service Award. He will be honored on December 12 at the ITA Coaches Convention at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami, during the ITA Membership and Awards Banquet.
The USTA/ITA Community Service Award honors an ITA coach for significant contributions in developing community-based tennis programs through community centers, schools, parks, community tennis associations, inner city, suburban or rural programs. Horton will receive his award from Alan Schwartz, USTA Chairman of the Board and President, and Jon Vegosen, Vice Chair of the USTA Collegiate Committee.
“J. Webb is a great example of college tennis coaches who give back to their communities and campuses and our hope is that over these next years many other varsity coaches will try to emulate the great work they are doing,” ITA Executive Director David A Benjamin said. “The ITA and USTA strongly believe that community service programs are extremely important for today’s college coach to become involved in and these awards help highlight the efforts of those coaches who have.”
Horton has been instrumental in numerous programs benefiting the Southwest Florida area. A sampling of some of the programs and events Horton, who is in his fourth year as FGCU men's coach, has participated in or hosted are: the USTA's First Serve Program, which benefits at-risk minority children (ages 4-14); the 2004 USA Deaf Tennis Olympic Trials; the Lee County Community Tennis Association's (LCCTA) USA Tennis Month Rally; USA School Tennis Carnivals; "Tennis on the Move" events to encourage recreational tennis participation; and a USA Team Tennis Rallyball Event for area children.
Horton also serves on the Board of Directors for the LCCTA and is a member of the USA Tennis Florida Diversity Task Force. An assistant athletic director at FGCU, he is also involved with several campus programs and committees. FGCU hosted the ITA National Small College Championships for this first time this past October.
Horton is also the award recipient for the USA Tennis Florida Section.
This is the second year for these awards. The national winners were selected from a group of USTA Sectional winners determined this fall (and listed below). This awards program was open to over 2,000 ITA head and assistant coaches at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College levels.
USTA/ITA Community Service Award – Sectional Winners:
Honors an ITA coach for significant contributions in developing community-based tennis programs through community centers, schools, parks, community tennis associations, inner city, suburban or rural programs.
New England - Julie Greenwood, Williams
Eastern - Annette Shapiro, Nazareth College
Middle States - Dawn Benner, Moravian College
Southern - Scott Handback, Queens Univ. of Charlotte
Florida - J. Webb Horton, Florida Gulf Coast University
Midwest - Kevin Brandalik, Ferris State University
Texas - Tim Cass, Texas A&M University
Southwest - Sheila McInerney, Arizona State University
Intermountain - Jon Messick, Colorado State University
Pacific Northwest - Lisa Hart, Washington State University
Northern California - Marc Weinstein, Mills College
Hawaii Pacific - David Porter, BYU-Hawaii