USTA announces ‘USTA University’
October 15, 2015
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced a broad professional development initiative that will help prepare the next generation of tennis providers including tennis professionals, coaches, and administrators. Titled USTA University (USTAU), the program will offer curricula in tennis, management, hospitality and sport science. The program will offer online and in-classroom instruction as well as apprenticeships and experiential learning opportunities. The USTA has already developed relationships with five universities and colleges in the U.S. for the program’s launch.
Scott Schultz has been named to lead and oversee USTA University. Schultz’s new role will be based at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla. In his previous twelve years at the USTA, he has managed several departments and initiatives including Coaching Education, Youth Tennis, Junior Competition, and Community Development.
Prior to joining the USTA, Schultz founded Ferris State University’s professional tennis management (PTM) program, the nation’s first bachelor degree program in tennis that achieved a 100% participant placement record upon graduation. He served as the program’s Director from 1987 to 1998, and earned tenure and the rank of full professor in 1999 for PTM in Ferris State University’s College of Business where he served in that role until 2003.
“Scott Schultz’s unique background in college education and tennis will provide invaluable experience to lead our efforts in this new division,” said Gordon Smith, USTA Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. “USTA University will serve as a platform for aspiring students and professionals to pursue careers in the tennis industry, while strengthening how we deliver the sport as a whole.”
“By providing education for students pursuing a career in the tennis industry, USTAU will ensure the development of the next generation of tennis industry leaders in the sport,” said Scott Schultz, USTA University.
This year, the USTA partnered with two existing PTM programs, Ferris State University (Big Rapids, Mich.) and Methodist University (Fayetteville, N.C.). In 2016, the USTA will expand its efforts to five new programs, including the University of Central Florida (Orlando, Fla.), Berry College (Mt. Berry, Ga.), and Grand Canyon University (Phoenix).
USTA’s Core Tennis Curriculum is being developed with subject matter experts in education and tennis, including working in collaboration with the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR), the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and USTA Player Development. The curriculum will provide the necessary resources and skills to be successful on or off the tennis court.
To further enhance professional development for current tennis professionals and coaches, USTAU will provide continuing education through a digital resource center to access the latest educational and coaching resources. Additionally, the department will organize workshops and conferences to bring providers together for interactive on-court sessions and presentations.
Overall, USTAU aims to attract and foster talent for future generations. For more information on the PTM programs, please visit: usta.com/ptm.
The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level — from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 715,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series, linking eight summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA’s philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships and helps under-resourced youth and individuals with disabilities, and supports wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their families. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com, “like” the official Facebook page, facebook.com/usta, or follow @usta on Twitter.