USPTA Names Five New Master Professionals at 2019 World Conference in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS – The United States Professional Tennis Association held its Awards Lunch on Wednesday during the 2019 USPTA World Conference presented by Havana Bob’s at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. Jason Hazley, Dan Hopkins, Levander Kelley, Dave Moyer and Sid Newcomb were named USPTA Master Professionals.
About the USPTA
Becoming a USPTA Master Professional is the highest rating achievable by a tennis professional. Qualified applicants must hold an Elite Professional rating for 10 years, complete the required number of education hours and fulfill a broad spectrum of industry service. The Master Professional Committee makes the final decision on the review of applicants.
Hazley currently serves as the president of USPTA Louisiana and works as the Director of Tennis at the New Orleans Lawn Tennis Club, where he works alongside general manager and fellow USPTA Master Professional Brett Schwartz. Hazley played collegiately at LSU and was a two-time Second-Team All SEC selection and a First-Team selection in 2003.
Hopkins coached tennis at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana for 31 years. Hopkins led the men to the NCAA DIII Tournament each of his last four seasons. He founded the women’s team in 1996 and led them to two HCAC regular-season championships and two NCAA DIII Tournament appearances. Hopkins also coached at Terre Haute South High School, where he led the boys for 17 years and the girls for nine. He led the boys to two state Final Four appearances and the girls to a state runner-up finish. He was named Indiana Coach of the Year in 1992 and was inducted into the Indiana High School Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998.
Kelley has coached high school tennis for over 25 years and currently coaches the boys’ varsity tennis team at Powhatan High School in Powhatan, Va. In his first year coaching the team, Kelley led them to their first-ever playoff appearance. He is very involved in the c ommunity, volunteering his time at local high schools and founding the Richmond Tennisbums. Kelley overcame racial discrimination and taught himself to play tennis as a child, and continued playing while he was in the Army – he served over 20 years and retired as a U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Medic – and has competed in various USTA tournaments and Pro-Ams since retiring.
Moyer is the regional vice president of the USPTA Southwest Division Board of Directors and serves as Director of Tennis at The Country Club at DC Ranch in Scottsdale, Ariz. In his nine years at the club, Moyer has overseen a tennis operation that has more than doubled in adult participation, increased in junior participation by 600% and grown to have three full-time USPTA professionals on staff.
Newcomb is the National Head Tester at the USPTA World Headquarters in Lake Nona, Fla. Previously, Newcomb was the director of tennis at Peninsula Community Center in Redwood City, Calif., where he helped establish the Life Advantage Tennis and Tutoring program. Newcomb played tennis and varsity basketball at John Brown University before a brief career on the ATP Tour.
Founded in 1927, the USPTA is the global leader in tennis-teacher certification and professional development. With more than 14,000 members worldwide, the association raises the standards of tennis-teaching professionals and coaches and promotes a greater awareness of the sport.