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USTA Florida Hires Four RSTO's

January 29, 2008 10:49 AM

USTA Florida is pleased to announce the hiring of four new Regional School Tennis Organizers (RSTO).  This is a newly created part-time position in Florida with a purpose to promote and develop in-school and after school tennis initiatives at the public, private and home school sectors by building partnerships and relationships with school districts, after school care providers and home school organizations.

Dede Allen of Jacksonville, Angela Holliman of Panama City, Susan Ricke of Miami and Kelly Tucker of Tallahassee are USTA Florida’s newest RSTOs.   Each brings a special understanding and commitment to USTA Florida’s mission to promote and develop tennis in Florida, as well as an exceptional background in tennis.

“I am very pleased to have Dede, Kelly, Angela, and Susan join the USTA Florida School Tennis Program in their new positions.  Together, we will maximize the school tennis opportunities in each of their respective school districts,” said John MacDonald, USTA Florida schools coordinator. 

"Our collective goal will be to expand the number of programs in our existing school district tennis programs and to bring a tennis program to each of the few remaining school districts that do not have tennis in their curricula.  The big winners will be the boys and girls who are going to be introduced to tennis through the efforts of these four wonderful tennis organizers.”

Dede Allen is a former women’s tennis coach at Wake Forest University, past employee for USTA Player Development for nearly 15 years and previous USTA Florida community consultant for North Region 2, covering 8 counties surrounding the greater Jacksonville community.  Dede is also a USTA National Trainer and a QuickStart Tennis Specialist assigned to lead on-court tennis workshops for those interested in learning how to introduce tennis to others.




Angela Holliman
has been a County Representative in Bay County for three years and currently serves as Director of the Bay County Tennis Association in Region 1.  In May 2007, Angela was recognized as Volunteer of the Month by USTA Florida.

“USTA Florida is the best organization that I have ever worked with in regards to support and training,” said Angela. “Being involved with this top notch organization has given me pride.”  




Susan Ricke won the USTA School Volunteer of the Year Award in 2007.  In addition, she was an Area League Coordinator for USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis (2006-07), volunteers for local tennis tournaments and at the Sony Ericsson USTA Membership booth, coordinator for PAL and Kiwanis summer tennis camps through the local CTA, Friends of Miami Tennis, Inc. and also secretary to Friends of Miami Tennis, Inc.





Kelly Tucker was a former USTA Florida community consultant for East Region 1, covering 11 counties surrounding the greater Tallahassee community.  Kelly worked as community consultant for 6 years promoting and developing community tennis in around Tallahassee.  She also writes a weekly article in the Tallahassee Democrat promoting tennis events happening in the Tallahassee area.





“As a not-for-profit tennis organization, USTA Florida is always looking for the best ways to spend its resources and we feel that creating this new contracted position does just that,” said Andy McFarland, USTA Florida associative executive director. 

“With the USTA Schools Tennis initiative a high strategic priority, the RSTO positions will help us reach one of our organization’s goals to have at least one in-school and one out-of-school tennis program in each of our 67 Florida counties by the end of 2008.”






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