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College Tennis Day in Gainesville, Hollis Hired at Webber

September 13, 2011 11:08 AM
UF in Gainesville to Host 2011 College Day at the USTA/ITA Regionals
 
UF thornqvist_001_194USTA Florida and the USTA Collegiate Varsity Committee will hold a college tennis recruiting information and panel discussion, “2011 College Day at the USTA/ITA Regionals,” on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, during regional tennis matches at the University of Florida.
 
The discussion will be hosted at the Women’s Center at the University of Florida from 9-10:30 a.m. The panel discussion is open to all high school and junior tennis players, parents, and coaches who are interested in learning more about the opportunities that exist in
college tennis. 
 
“Learn more about the recruiting process, important recruiting rules, what coaches are looking for, and what to expect as you head to college to continue your tennis career,” said USTA Florida Competitive Tennis Coordinator Andy Gladstone.
 
Check-in and continental breakfast will be from 8-9 a.m., presentation and panel discussion from 9-10:30 a.m., and participants are encouraged afterwards to watch the NCAA champion Lady Gators compete in regional play.
 
Panelists include: Andy Gladstone, competitive tennis coordinator, USTA Florida; Roland Thornqvist/, women’s tennis coach, University of Florida; Stephanie Nickitas, women’s tennis coach, University of Central Florida; Jean Desdunes, former Georgia Tech Men’s coach and USTA national coach; plus top junior coaches and current college players.
 
Space for this event is limited, to reserve a spot email m2cercone@aol.com or Gladstone@florida.usta.com.
 
 
Hollis Named Assistant Tennis Coach at Webber
 
Hollis robertBill Heath, athletic director and head tennis coach at Webber International University, has announced the hiring of Robert Hollis as assistant tennis coach for men's and women's tennis.
 
Hollis has served as a tennis director and teaching professional in Polk County for the past 34 years. As a USPTA tennis professional, Hollis holds a P-1 rating and has received numerous awards as a teacher and a USTA volunteer. He currently serves as the USTA Florida Section secretary on the executive board.
 
Hollis has served as an assistant coach at Webber previously, in 1985-86 assisting Heath. In 1996 Hollis received the USTA Florida Male Merit Award, which is given to the person who is most deserving of the respect and honor of all volunteers, either in play or organizational work for having made the greatest contribution to amateur tennis in Florida. That same year Hollis was honored with the USTA national award as volunteer of the year in USTA Jr. Team Tennis.
 
In 2000, Hollis received the USTA/USPTA Florida Division Service Award. This award is given to the person demonstrating leadership and vision in promoting both the USTA Florida Section and the United States Professional Tennis Association.
 
Hollis is a Winter Haven native, graduating from Winter Haven High School, where he got his tennis career started playing for the Blue Devils. He then played two years at Polk Community College. From there, he attended Flagler College, where he helped his team finish the 1977 season with a 32-2 record and then helped them win the NAIA National Championship. This past April, Hollis received one of the highest honors that a former athlete can achieve as he was inducted into the Flagler College Athletic Hall of Fame as a member of the 1977 championship team.
 
“I am absolutely thrilled to have Robert Hollis at Webber,” Heath said. “He knows more tennis than I have ever thought about knowing and he will be a huge asset to our program.”
 
 
 

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