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The Intercollegiate Tennis Association is an organization of tennis coaches and players at the college level in the United States. The membership includes people from NCAA Divisions I, II, III, and NAIA and Junior/Community College schools.The head office is located in Tempe, Arizona.
The association was founded in June 1956 by 20 men's coaches at NCAA Division I schools. The association was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Coaches Association from 1958 until July 1992. The group sanctions collegiate tournaments and sponsors eight national championships, using funding received from major corporate sponsors. The ITA instituted a range of awards and honors for players and coaches starting in the late 1970s. The ITA office is also responsible for producing national and regional rankings for teams, singles and doubles for all classifications. The rankings are an important determining factor for NCAA team and individual qualification, as well as individual awards. The ITA uses Universal Tennis Rating as its official system of rating the skill level of players.
Former Princeton tennis coach David Benjamin became the head of the organization since 1979, first as the elected president before serving as the executive director from 1983 to 2016.Since 2016, the ITA headquarters has been located in Tempe, Arizona, near the Arizona State University (ASU) campus. The current executive director is Dr. Timothy Russell.
Except for the NCAA Championships, the ITA is responsible for organizing the other national collegiate tennis championships during the school year.Today, the ITA runs many of its tournaments in conjunction with the United States Tennis Association. Since 2011, the USTA has hosted the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at the indoor complex at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
ITA Team Championships:
ITA Individual Championships:
Various national and regional awards are presented by ITA in recognition of outstanding performances in men and women college tennis each year.
The awards include:
The ITA Men's Hall of Fame is located at the University of Georgia’s Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia, and the ITA Women's Hall of Fame is located at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
The ITA Women's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame was created to "celebrate the milestones in women's collegiate tennis, from the early struggles for recognition to the achievement of full-fledged intercollegiate competition."
In 2019, the ITA launched the College Tennis Alumni Network, which is a community of former college tennis players in order to help tennis graduates connect with each other and stay connected to the sport. College tennis alumni can join the network at collegetennisalumni.com.
The Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women was founded in 1971 to govern collegiate women’s athletics and to administer national championships. During its existence, the AIAW and its predecessor, the Division for Girls' and Women's Sports (DGWS), recognized via these championships the teams and individuals who excelled at the highest level of women's collegiate competition.
The UCLA Bruins are the athletic teams that represent the University of California, Los Angeles. The Bruin men's and women's teams participate in NCAA Division I as part of the Pac-12 Conference and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). For football, they are in the Football Bowl Subdivision of Division I. UCLA is second to only Stanford University as the school with the most NCAA team championships at 118 NCAA team championships. UCLA offers 11 varsity sports programs for men and 14 for women.
Julius "Julie" Seligson was an American tennis player in the early part of the 20th century.
Bryan Shelton is an American college tennis coach and former professional tennis player. Shelton played collegiately for Georgia Tech from 1985 to 1988, and then played professionally from 1989 to 1997. He subsequently returned to his alma mater to coach the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets women's tennis team, which won the NCAA Women's Tennis Championship in 2007. He is currently the head coach of the Florida Gators men's tennis team of the University of Florida.
Audra Marie Cohen is an American former professional tennis player and current college tennis coach. She was the # 1 collegiate female tennis player in the United States in 2007. At the University of Miami in 2005-2006 she was named the ITA National Player of the Year and was the National Indoor Champion, and in 2006-07 she won the ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship, the NCAA Singles Championship, and the ITA National Player of the Year award. She is currently the head women's tennis coach at the University of Oklahoma.
The Trinity Tigers is the nickname for the sports teams of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. They participate in the NCAA's Division III and the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC). The school mascot is LeeRoy, a Bengal tiger. In the 1950s, LeeRoy was an actual tiger who was brought to sporting events, but today LeeRoy is portrayed by a student wearing a tiger suit. Early in its history, the school participated in Division I/II athletics, but by 1991 the entire program made the move to Division III, at which time it joined the SCAC.
The Furman Paladins are the varsity athletic teams representing Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, in intercollegiate athletics.
The McCormack–Nagelsen Tennis Center (MNTC) is a $3,000,000, 6,400-square-foot (590 m2) facility that is home to the College of William & Mary’s women’s tennis team as well as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Women’s Tennis Hall of Fame. It is located in Williamsburg, Virginia. The facility includes six indoor courts and stadium seating. The center was named after College alumnus Mark McCormack and his wife, retired professional tennis player Betsy Nagelsen. In 1995, the year the MNTC opened, it won an USTA Outstanding Facility Award for a collegiate facility.
Greg Patton is a tennis coach, both nationally and at a collegiate level. He currently leads the nationally ranked Boise State Broncos of men's tennis program of Boise State University as their head coach. His career record at Boise State is 203-67. At Boise State, he has won seven conference championships in nine seasons in four different conferences.
John Whitlinger is a former professional tennis player from the United States.
The NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championship is an annual men's college tennis national collegiate championship sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for teams in Division I. The tournament crowns a team, individual, and doubles champion. The first intercollegiate championship was held in 1883, 23 years before the founding of the NCAA, with Harvard's Joseph Clark taking the singles title. The same year Clark partnered to Howard Taylor to win the doubles title. The first NCAA-sponsored tournament was held in 1946.
The Cal State Fullerton Titans women's tennis team competes at the NCAA Division I Collegiate level and is a member of the Big West Conference. All home collegiate tennis matches are played at the California State University, Fullerton, Titan Courts, located in Fullerton, California.
Barbara Hallquist DeGroot is a retired professional tennis player from the U.S. She was the first female student to receive an athletic scholarship from the University of Southern California (USC) as a result of Title IX legislation. She played tennis for USC from 1976 to 1979.
Clarence Alley "Clay" Thompson IV is an American former professional tennis player and current entrepreneur. Thompson was born in Venice, CA, and attended 6-12th grade at Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica, CA. He was a top-ranked national junior and ended his high school career as the #3 recruit in the country, choosing to play for Billy Martin at UCLA. During his tenure at UCLA, Thompson earned a BFA in Creative Writing with a minor in Film/TV, and during the entirety of his 2014 senior season, was the #1 ranked NCAA tennis player. Thompson holds a 119-35 record, one of the highest number of wins for a UCLA player in the school's history.
The Troy Trojans men's tennis team represents Troy University in NCAA Division I college tennis. The team belongs to the Sun Belt Conference and plays home matches at the Jimmy C. Lunsford Tennis Complex. The Trojans are currently led by head coach Rolando Vargas.
Roy Barth is a former professional tennis player from the United States.
Stephen L. "Steve" Wilkinson was an American tennis player and tennis coach. As the head coach of Gustavus Adolphus College men's tennis team from 1971 till 2009, Wilkinson was the coach with most wins in the history of collegiate men’s tennis (929). He was also the No. 1 player in the United States in the 45-, 50-, 55-, and 60-and-over age groups, represented the US team in Dubler Cup, Perry Cup and Austria Cup and was a world team champion in 1989 (Uruguay) and word silver medalist 1992 (Germany). Wilkinson was inducted into United States Professional Tennis Association’s Hall of Fame, the USTA Missouri Valley Hall of Fame and the ITA Men’s Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame.
Christopher Eubanks is an American professional tennis player. He played college tennis for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. There, he was a two-time All-American and twice named ACC Player of the Year.
The Lamar Cardinals tennis team is the men's team representing Lamar University in the sport of tennis. The team started competition at the four year college level in 1952. The Cardinals compete in NCAA Division I's Southland Conference. Home matches are at the 16 court on campus Thompson Family Tennis Center in Beaumont, Texas. Scott Shankles has been the Cardinals' head coach since the 2010-11 season.
Ann Hulbert is a retired American tennis player. In 1982, she captured the Canadian Junior Open singles championship and reached the doubles finals of the Italian Junior Open. In 1983 she won the girls' doubles title at the U.S. Open, and the United States Tennis Association MCB Award for sportsmanship on and off the court. Hulbert was a member of the U.S. Junior Wightman Cup Team in 1982 and 1983 and was a member of the 1984 and 1985 U.S. Junior Federation Cup Teams.