Some legendary tennis coaches were honored as Team USA Coaching Legends during the inaugural Team USA Coaching Awards on Wednesday April 9, at the ASICS Easter Bowl junior tournament in Indian Wells, Calif.
Those honored included longtime Metro Atlanta tennis coach, Jerry Baskin.
A top junior development coach, Baskin spent the last 40 years coaching some of the best talent in tennis. Baskin is a 2002 United States Olympic Committee Tennis Coach of the Year and a 2004 Georgia Tennis Hall of Fame inductee. He has helped develop more than 300 players to earn college scholarships and prominent touring pros like Brian Vahaly, Bobby Reynolds and US Open semifinalist Robby Ginepri.
“Jerry, Nick, Robert and Jack have given so much to the game and truly are American tennis coaching legends,” said USTA Player Development General Manager Patrick McEnroe. “Joseph and the team at the JTCC continue to raise the standard for player development in the United States. They all deserve even more recognition for their hard work, dedication and achievement in the sport.”
Also getting honored were Nick Bollettieri, Robert Lansdorp and Jack Sharpe. Joseph Gilbert, coach of 2013 USTA Boys’ 18s national champion Collin Altamirano, received the award as the 2013 USOC Developmental Coach of the Year.
The Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC) in College Park, Md., was named the 2013 Team USA Developmental Program of the Year at the awards reception, part of USTA Player Development’s Team USA desire to work alongside developmental coaches and programs across the country.