The United States Professional Tennis Association installed its new national board of directors that will serve the association until September 2013. The new board took office during the USPTA World Conference on Tennis, Sept. 19-24, at Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel, Fla.
The USPTA board of directors includes:
President Tom Daglis
First Vice President Randy Mattingley
New board member and Vice President Nancy Cox
New board member and Vice President Jeff Hawes
*New board member and Vice President Tom McGraw
New board member and Vice President Dan Moster
New board member and Vice President Gary Trost
Immediate Past President Harry Gilbert
All new board members were elected by vote of the general membership. The USPTA bylaws do not allow additional nominations for the positions of president and first vice president, therefore, the choices of the Nominating Committee for those two offices were final prior to the election.
The USPTA board manages the association's affairs between meetings of the larger USPTA Executive Committee, which includes the board, three past national presidents, and two elected leaders from each of the USPTA's 17 domestic divisions. Board members are nominated by a committee composed of Executive Committee members.
The chief executive officer of the USPTA since 1982 is Tim Heckler. The USPTA World Headquarters is in Houston.
*Tom McGraw is new to the board for this term, but has previously served on the board.
Biographies of board members follow.
President Tom Daglis
Tom Daglis is certified as a USPTA Master Professional by the United States Professional Tennis Association, a certification that is shared with less than 1 percent of the USPTA membership worldwide. His extensive involvement with the USPTA has included serving as president for the USPTA Southern Division in '95 and '96 and currently serving on the USPTA National Board of Directors in the capacity of President. The USPTA has honored Tom with distinctions such as the 2003 George Bacso Tester of the Year, 1992 Southern Professional of the Year, 2010 Mid-Atlantic Professional of the Year, Maryland Professional of the Year, two-time Georgia Professional of the Year, three-time USPTA Southern Tester of the Year and twice with the prestigious Southern Pride of the South award. In 2006, he was awarded the USPTA's most prestigious award, as the Alex Gordon Professional of the Year. Tom has previously served as Director of Tennis at fine clubs such as Atlanta Country Club, Ga.; Concourse Athletic Club, Ga.; and Lakewood Country Club, Md. As president/founder of Peachtree Tennis Promotions, Inc., he has successfully directed large tennis events and coach's workshops on a national scale. He also previously was selected as a USTA Zonal Coach and USTA Area Training Center Coach and Administrator. A past president of the Georgia Professional Tennis Association, the GPTA has honored Tom with Tennis Director of the Year, Community Service Award and the Georgia Peach Award for contributions to Georgia tennis. He is a member of the HEAD/Penn Professional Advisory Staff and Speakers Bureau. Tom is the former Director of Ferris State University's Professional Tennis Management Program and holds a Master of Science Degree in Career and Technical Education from Ferris State University, Mich.
First Vice President Randy Mattingley
Past president of the USPTA Texas Division, Randy Mattingley now serves USPTA's national Board of Directors as First Vice President. He is a former Texas Division Player of the Year, Professional of the Year and Special Service Award winner. Randy became a tennis professional after college, with hopes of becoming one of the top 100 players in the world. "I quickly realized the difficulties of a playing career," he says. "I was offered a position at the Southwest Tennis Center in Houston, where I could earn a living and still compete on a limited basis." He soon began to enjoy teaching more than playing. A graduate of Houston Baptist University, Randy received a bachelor's degree in business management and recreation leadership. In 2003, Randy received his Master of Science in Computer Information Systems (MSCIS) from University of Phoenix Online. Also an accomplished player, Randy was ranked No. 1 in Texas men's 25 doubles in 1991 and '93 and was ranked No. 1 in men's 30 doubles and mixed doubles in 1995. Most recently, he was ranked No. 3 in Men's 35 Singles in USPTA. Since 2008, Randy has been Director of Tennis at The Clubs of Kingwood in Kingwood, Texas. The club's facilities include 26 outdoor lighted tennis courts, 5 golf courses, and a 46,000 square-foot clubhouse. Formerly, Randy was Vice President of Llano Development Company where he was directly involved in the construction and management of a 114,000 square-foot facility, Preston Manor Recreation & Fitness Center and Tennis Club.
Vice President Nancy Cox
Nancy Cox has been a USPTA P-1 member since 1996. Cox previously served on the USPTA Pacific Northwest Division Board for eight years, including a six-year term as president. Her previous honors include Pacific Northwest Division Assistant Professional of the Year and Pacific Northwest Division Professional of the Year. Nancy says that one of her greatest honors in tennis was being selected, along with the rest of her Mercer Island, Washington, high school team, to the State of Washington Tennis Hall of Fame. Prior to her teaching career, Nancy played tennis for the University of Washington. She is currently employed with Northwest Rehabilitation Associates (a physical therapy clinic specializing in sports injuries and neurologic and geriatric rehabilitation). She was previously with Illahe Hills and Salem Tennis and Swim Clubs. Although she is not currently teaching she remains very active in the tennis community, as well as working with various non profit groups as a volunteer, including Salem Leadership Foundation, Family Building Blocks and United Way. Cox is also a member of the HEAD/Penn Advisory Staff. She feels that becoming a member of the USPTA National Board is an opportunity for her to give back to the sport that has enriched her life both personally and professionally. She currently resides in Salem, Ore., with her husband and two sons.
Vice President Jeff Hawes
Jeff Hawes, who is a USPTA Master Professional, is the director of tennis at New Orleans Country Club in New Orleans. He is the past president of the USPTA Southern Division and Missouri Valley Division. Jeff is also National Trainer for the Recreational Coach Workshop Program conducted by the USTA, certified as a Master Racquet Technician with the USRSA, and a member of the HEAD/Penn Advisory Staff. He was honored as the 2004 USPTA Alan Henry Southern Division Professional of the Year and as the 2000 USPTA Missouri Valley Professional of the Year.
Vice President Tom McGraw
Tom McGraw has been teaching tennis since 1979 and has been a USPTA member since 1980. He is the director of tennis at the Louisville Country Club in Louisville, Ky., during the months of April through October and a tennis professional at the Louisville Tennis Club beginning in November until March. Prior to the USPTA National Board of Directors, Tom held the position of President of the USPTA Southern Division and USTA Kentucky Vice President concurrently. During his term as President (2001-2002), USPTA Southern Division was recognized and received the "Newsletter of the Year" and "Most Improved Division" awards. McGraw was the recipient of the USPTA Kentucky Pro of the Year in 1996 and the USTA Kentucky Pro of the Year in 1997. Tom was also honored with the Pride of the South Award in 1997 and in 1999 he was selected as the Southern Division Professional of the Year.
Vice President Dan Moster
Dan Moster, who currently serves as the immediate past president of the USPTA Midwest Division, is the head men's and women's tennis coach at Indiana Tech University, and owner and president of Geist Tennis Management Inc. He was a member of the first graduating class of Ferris State University's Professional Tennis Management program in 1988. He served the PTM student association as vice president and president, and earned his USPTA and USRSA certifications as a senior at Ferris State. This 23-year member has served USPTA at the state and division level, including two terms as the Indiana state president, and president of the Midwest Division board. In all, he's committed 20 years to USPTA volunteerism, and he wants to continue serving as a new national board member. Dan has experience in almost every aspect and capacity in the industry - assistant tennis professional, director of tennis, facility manager, sales representative, high school and college coach, and community tennis association organizer, member and leader. He has worked at private and commercial clubs, country clubs, neighborhood association facilities, community tennis programs, parks and recreation and city government. Dan has also volunteered his time in a variety of roles to numerous organizations, including, USPTA membership, leadership and programs, USTA coach, programs and community tennis associations, church, fraternity, Boy's & Girl's Club, Indiana Special Olympics and the former Indianapolis/RCA Tennis Championships (ATP tour event) volunteer and special events program/staff coordinator.
Vice President Gary Trost
Gary Trost, who has been a USPTA member since 1987, has been director of tennis for the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club for 14 years, and has served for nine years on the USPTA Executive Committee. He's currently head tester for the Missouri Valley Division, and was honored in 2006 for his testing efforts on behalf of USPTA with the George Bacso national Tester of the Year award. He served 12 years on the Missouri Valley Division board and was honored by his division as Pro of the Year in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009. He was named Oklahoma Pro of the Year in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2006. While serving as president of the Missouri Valley, the division won two national awards for the first time, Most Improved Division (twice) and Small Division of the Year. Gary currently serves on the national Certification Committee, and previously served on the national Nominating Committee for four years, serving as Chair from 2007 to 2009. Gary is currently president of the Oklahoma USTA, and reached the finals of the 5.0 USTA Men's Team competition in 2010. He is very proud that his family was named Oklahoma Family of the Year in 2010.
Immediate Past President Harry Gilbert
Harry Gilbert is the head professional at Waccabuc Country Club in Westchester County, N.Y., during the summer and is director of tennis at the Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Fla., during the winter. He has been a USPTA member since 1981. Harry served on USPTA's Florida Division Board of Directors for eight years, including a three-year term as president. He was named Florida Division Professional of the Year in 1992 and 1994. Harry's success on the court earned him recognition by Tennis magazine as "One of America's Top Teachers" in 1993. As a player, Gilbert has held sectional and national USTA rankings, as well as divisional and national USPTA rankings. He also has been a USTA clinician and Area Training Center coach. He is a regular seminar speaker at divisional and international USPTA conventions, and has previously served as chairman of USPTA's convention and public relations committees. Harry is immediate past president on the USPTA national Board of Directors, and he formerly was USPTA liaison to the CMAA. Gilbert is a member of the teaching professional staffs for HEAD/Penn Racquet Sports and Reebok.