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USTA Florida Hires USTA Schools Program Coordinator

December 6, 2005 11:30 AM

Tennis in and after schools is on the rise in the sunshine state!  More and more physical educators are jumping on board by including tennis in their curriculums and offering tennis as one of the after-school programs for children.  Due to this rapid interest in tennis statewide, USTA Florida has decided to maximize its staff resources by creating a USTA Schools Coordinator position and hiring former Florida and Georgia tennis teaching pro and educator, John MacDonald.

John MacDonald is a veteran of thirty-three years in public education, pre-k to 12th grade.  John joins the USTA staff after having been a regional consultant to 12 counties and their public schools in Georgia.  A frequent educational speaker, John served on the Governor's Council for Developmental Disabilities and, while serving as a high school principal in Georgia, the Georgia Council for Teachers of Mathematics.

By filling this full time schools-only position, USTA Florida Associate Executive Director, Community Tennis Andy McFarland anticipates John being able to focus his efforts on promoting  tennis in schools as well as in after-school programs throughout Florida.

“Due to the success of our Community Tennis Coordinators around Florida spreading the gospel of tennis in schools, we have seen a huge boom in tennis interest amongst schools of all levels,” McFarland said.  “By hiring John, he will be able to advise schools on the benefits of including tennis in PE classes, and encourage the initialization or expansion of after-school tennis programs on campus and/or at nearby public tennis facilities by traveling around Florida and visiting one-on-one with key people in the school districts.

John's tennis career has been extensive.  He enjoyed many years as club tennis pro while pursuing advanced education.  John has been a Pro-1 USPTA member for more than 30 years and is a life member of the USTA.

John has an undergraduate degree in science education from Georgia Southern University and a master's degree in school administration and supervision from the University of South Florida.  He is married to the former Debbie Oliver, an avid league tennis player and college professor.   They have two grown daughters, both tennis players.

USTA Florida is thrilled about the impact John will have on USTA School Tennis and young students throughout the state.  He is an asset to our organization, and  USTA Florida is excited about this opportunity to advance our mission: to promote and develop tennis in Florida!






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