Feb. 18, 2009
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Georgia Tech women’s tennis head coach Bryan Shelton was named the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) Jim Verdieck College Coach of the Year, announced the PTR Wednesday evening at its annual International Tennis Symposium.
The symposium, which includes 60-plus on court and classroom presentations, a tennis trade show and a $25,000 Championship tournament, is being held February 14-20, 2009 at Van der Meer Shipyard Racquet Club.
Shelton is no stranger to awards. He is a four-time Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year recipient, a two-time ITA South Region Coach of the Year honoree and was named the 2007 USTA/ITA National Coach of the Year. In addition, Shelton was inducted into the Georgia Tech, Georgia Tennis and Huntsville-Madison County Halls of Fame. He is one of only five coaches in the school’s history to guide a team to a national title and the only one to capture an NCAA Team Championship.
When Shelton took the reigns in 2000, the Yellow Jackets had not made an NCAA Tournament, had yet to finish higher than fourth in the ACC and never had an All-American player. Since his arrival, Georgia Tech has made nine NCAA Tournament appearances, captured four ACC regular season titles, won three ACC Tournament championships and had nine All-America and 17 All-ACC selections.
PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 13,000 members in 122 countries. It has the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization. PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying and servicing tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game.
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