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2012 Middle States Award Winners

Carol Strasser League Service Award
Driscoll_Web Sigrid Driscoll (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) - Sigrid Driscoll's dedication to USTA League spans more than 40 years. Her early involvement included playing at the 3.0 level, eventually moving up to play at the 4.5 level and competing in national championships. She serves in her current role as captain of 7.0 and 8.0 Super Senior teams at Kirby Park. Driscoll's team members describe her as an 'unsung hero' whose caring and nurturing attitude off the court has impacted many lives. Her efforts helped to provide Christmas presents and clothes for a teammate's cancer-stricken daughter, and she continues to provide support to a lifelong friend who suffered a stroke.
Community Tennis Association of the Year
GPTA_Web Greater Pottstown Tennis Association (Pottstown, Pa.) - The Greater Pottstown Tennis Association (GPTA) is USTA Community Tennis Association that serves players throughout the greater Pottstown area in Berks, Chester and Montgomery counties. In 2012, GPTA became part of the USTA National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) network when it formed Greater Pottstown Tennis and Learning (GPTL). This second organization is focused on delivering educational and tennis programming to underserved populations in the Pottstown School District. GPTA continues to support USTA initiatives, and participates in USTA League, USTA Jr. Team Tennis, tournaments, and free Play Days.
Edwin J. Faulkner College Coach of the Year
 Eydler_Web Bill Eydler (King's College; Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) - Bill Eydler is currently serving his 34th year as the head coach for men's tennis at King's College. During the 2011-12 season, he earned his 400th career victory. Eydler also serves as the director of tennis operations at the school. Eydler has received many honors during his King's coaching career. He was named MAC Freedom Conference Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2011, and was inducted into the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
Dieffenbach_Web George Dieffenbach (University of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh, Pa.) - George Dieffenbach's name is synonymous with the University of Pittsburgh's tennis program. His legacy includes more than 500 combined career victories as coach of the men's program from 1976-95 and the women's program from 1981-present. Dieffenbach's leadership has guided many players into the school record books, including Kristy Borza, Pittsburgh's leader in career singles victories (91), and Elizabeth Adams, second-most in combined wins (138).
Edwin J. Faulkner High School Coach of the Year
Allen_Web Sally Allen (Wyomissing, Pa.) - In just her 10th year as head coach of the Wyomissing High School girl's tennis team, Sally Allen has won more than 215 matches and coached three teams to PIAA AA Team State Championships. This year, Allen coached her squad to its 12th Berks County team title in 14 seasons, its 11th District 3 title in 14 seasons, and a quarterfinal finish at the PIAA tournament. Allen is also a USPTA certified teaching professional, and she participates in USTA League at the 5.0 level.
Family of the Year
Fleming_Web The Fleming Family (Wilmington, Del.) - The Fleming Family – father Michael, mother Christy, and children Barbara, James and Greg – are passionate about tennis on and off the court. The family co-founded and continues to operate, an online forum for Delaware residents, which was honored by the Delaware District for its extensive coverage of tennis in the state. Christy is a member of the Rodney Street Tennis and Tutoring Association Board of Directors, and Michael continues to be an active player on a 4.5 League team. Barbara and James are ranked junior players, and all three children participate on their school's tennis squads.
Junior Volunteer of the Year
Ji_Web Belinda Ji (Plainsboro, N.J.) - Belinda Ji, a senior at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School in New Jersey, is greatly involved with the Princeton Tennis Program. She serves as a volunteer with the PTP Special Olympics, and as a volunteer instructor at the program’s summer camps and clinics. Ji is also captain of her high school tennis team. This past fall, she helped coach a USTA Jr. Team Tennis team, the Nassau Dare Doubles, to a USTA Middle States Section Championship and an appearance at the National event in South Carolina.
Trifoi_Web Mara Trifoi (Wyomissing, Pa.) - Mara Trifoi is actively involved with the City of Reading Recreation Department's youth tennis program, COR Tennis. She recently completed 10 and Under Tennis teaching certification, and volunteers as a coach for more than 100 kids from inner-city Reading communities. Mara is also a member of COR's USTA Jr. Team Tennis squad, and went undefeated at No. 4 singles for the Wyomissing High School varsity tennis team.
Media Excellence Award
Levin_Web Ed Levin - Ed Levin has been writing for the Main Line Times, Main Line Suburban Life and Main Line Media News since 1998. During that time, he has covered tennis on all levels including high school, college and professional.His high school coverage includes writing match and feature stories during the regular season for the public and private schools. Levin also covers the PIAA individual and team championships. In addition, he is part of the selection group which chooses the annual All-Main Line high school tennis teams. Levin’s professional coverage includes writing match reports about World TeamTennis' Philadelphia Freedoms, as well as stories featuring Main Line native Julia Cohen, a professional player on the WTA Tour.
NJTL Section of the Year
Willingboro_Web Willingboro Parks & Recreation Department (Willingboro, N.J.) - The Willingboro Parks & Recreation Department serves communities in Willingboro Township in Burlington County, New Jersey. Willingboro's instructional tennis programming serves ages 5 through 65 throughout the spring and summer. The Department hosts four USTA-sanctioned tournaments, as well as numerous PlayDays, NJTL events, recreational coaching workshops, camps and after-school clinics.
Organization of the Year - Commercial
WestEnd_Wb West End Racquet Club (Allentown, Pa.) - West End Racquet Club is a year-round, full-service tennis facility serving the Lehigh Valley in eastern Pennsylvania. Established in 1976, West End continues to be a strong supporter of USTA programs and initiatives. Its league program is one of the largest in the Section, with 23 teams competing in USTA League Tennis, and seven teams in USTA Jr. Team Tennis. In 2011, the club was the first in the Section to hold a 10 and Under Tennis sanctioned tournament. West End also lends its courts and professional staff to a variety of other events, including PTR training courses and the District 11 boys and girls high school tennis tournament.
Organization of the Year - Non-Commercial
TennisForKids Tennis for Kids, Inc. (York, Pa.) - Currently in its 22nd year of operations, Tennis for Kids, Inc. (TFK) offers free tennis lessons to children ages 7-16 in Central Pennsylvania. TFK had a modest beginning at two inner-city sites in York and an enrollment of approximately 100 children. This past summer, TFK served approximately 1,770 children, a 15 percent increase from 2011. Today, TFK operates at 21 locations 17 others throughout York and Adams Counties, including historic Gettysburg. The program's instruction is based on USTA principles, and TFK has hosted a variety of events and USTA workshops.
Teaching Professional of the Year
Centrella_Web Mark Centrella (Wilmington, Del.) - Mark Centrella serves as the Director of Racquet Sports for the Greenville County Club in Wilmington, Delaware. Under his direction, the club oversees 11 USTA League Tennis teams, organizes USTA Jr. Team Tennis, and supports the 10 and Under Tennis initiative. Centrella recently earned the classification of Master Professional by the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), the highest honor for teaching professionals offered by the USPTA. This year, Centrella initiated a Pro-Am that raised more than $6,500 for the Delaware Tennis Foundation.
Tennis On Campus Leader
Zemel_Web Danny Zemel (University of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh, Pa.) - Danny Zemel, a native of New Haven, Connecticut, is in his 3rd year as the leader of the University of Pittsburgh's Tennis On Campus program. A History major with a minor in Russian, Zemel plans to move to Colorado after graduation and teach tennis before attending law school.
Tournament Director of the Year
Seilhamer_Web Rochelle Seilhamer (Monroeville, Pa.) - Rochelle Seilhamer directs numerous USTA-sanctioned junior tournaments throughout the Pittsburgh area, and she will serve as Tournament Director of a National Open in the Boy’s 12 division this February. Aside from directing tournaments, Seilhamer is the head coach of the Gateway High School tennis team, and is also actively involved with the Frick Park Red Clay Junior Open. A USPTA certified teaching professional, Seilhamer is the founder of BuddyUp Tennis, a program for children with Down syndrome.
USTA Jr. Team Tennis Organizer of the Year
Calhoun_Web Melanie Calhoun (Pittsburgh, Pa.) - In her first year as a USTA Jr. Team Tennis (JTT) organizer, Melanie Calhoun oversaw two JTT leagues and managed 15 coaches and volunteers. The Pittsburgh-area's only JTT league features teams in four divisions - 12U Intermediate, 14U Intermediate and Advanced, and 18U Advanced - and plays during the spring and winter season. In her role as manager, Calhoun is responsible for networking, advertising and conducting parent meetings. This past season, the 14U Advanced team was crowned Middle States Section Champion. Calhoun also serves as captain of a 3.5 Adult league team, and teaches tennis at the Mt. Lebanon Tennis Center.
Volunteer of the Year
Jennings_Web Karen Jennings (Chester Springs, Pa.) - Karen Jennings' volunteer work in the Philadelphia Area Tennis District spans many years and a variety of capacities. During her tenure as a member of the PATD Board of Directors, Jennings oversaw Gold Cup, PATD's successful junior tennis program serving intermediate players and preparing them for team tennis play. Jennings also contributed stories for Middle States' official magazine, NetPLAY, and organized auction and fundraiser items to benefit the PATD Hall of Fame ceremony.




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