The United States Professional Tennis Association, Inc. (USPTA) is proud to present the George Bacso Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Dave Porter from Provo, Utah (Intermountain Division).
Porter started the BYU-Hawaii men’s tennis program in 1984 and later took over the women’s team in 1992. With 1,438 career victories, Dave is the winningest coach in collegiate tennis history. Dave was awarded the ITA National Coach of the Year six times and named as district, regional or conference coach of the year more than 30 times. Dave coached the Chinese women’s doubles team to a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics, as well as the doubles champions at the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2006.
Porter has been one of the paramount leaders in the USPTA educational program and played an integral role in designing the way tennis is taught in the modern day. Also, he was instrumental in introducing the USPTA to China by conducting USPTA testing clinics in the country.
“Dave’s collegiate coaching career over 33 years is not only prolific but unparalleled. Couple that with the testing that he has done both internationally and in the USA for the USPTA, bringing people into our association, and he embodies what the George Bacso Lifetime Achievement Award is all about,” USPTA CEO John Embree said.