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Legendary coach Jan Van Tuyl passed away on July 17th at the age of 83. Van Tuyl coached tennis at Desert Pines High School in Las Vegas for the past 12 years, but he first began his teaching and coaching career in 1960. 58 years and countless student athletes later, he was still going strong, showing up at the Desert Pines High School Tennis Courts at 6 a.m. to run summer tennis practices, transporting and arranging rides for his players to get to and from tennis matches, and taking care of all the logistics that go with the job of being a tennis coach. But Coach Van Tuyl was more than a coach to his players. He was a mentor, a role model, and often filled the role of a surrogate parent or grandparent. Because of his willingness to so completely invest in his players both on and off the court, he had a massive impact on their lives. A recent example of his outsized influence can be seen with the four Desert Pines Seniors pictured below, who were all awarded scholarships to Kentucky Wesleyan College, where they will play tennis this fall.

Coach Van Tuyl’s recent coaching accomplishments include being named High School Coach of the Year by USTA Nevada in 2011, winning Recreational Coach of the Year from that same organization in 2014, and being honored by USTA National in 2016 as one of ten high school coaches across the country who ran an exceptional ?no-cut? high school tennis program.

Coach Van Tuyl will be deeply missed by all the children he has coached and students he has taught. He is survived by his wife Linda of 63 years, his three children, five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and the thousands of students and players whose lives he profoundly changed both on the court and in the classroom.


Vincent Whatley; Kevin Giron; Jose Ruiz and Adan Cano




   
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SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, AUG. 24, 2014

Congratulations to all Intermountain teams who have won their respective divisions of the 2014 Adult 18 &?Over League Sectional Championships held in Salt Lake City, Utah, Aug. 22-24, 2014. All teams now qualify to advance to their National Championships in either Indian Wells (CA) or Tucson (AZ) in October.
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Special Congratulations to the two Nevada teams moving on to the National Championships!

4.5 WOMEN, NEVADA (SPANISH TRAIL): Team Captain: Jean Mangino; Lai Ping Rippee, Catherine Pfarrer, Kathleen Janssen, Alison Mark, Amaris Surmacz, Pam Kirkendall, Stacey Carney, Hillary Wolfson, Yanina Pililaau, Colundra Shaneise Owens, Virginia Kirkendall, Dena Deluca, Christina Renee Sanders, Elizabeth Lundstrum, Sarah Rhein, Hillary Heard.

3.0 MEN, NEVADA (DTC #1): Team Captains: Roy McCafferty and Jerome Keever; Lee Lanterman, Samuel Gordon, Conrad Hafen, John James Tegano, Louis Jean Martin, Damien Burt, Erick Sanchez, Jonathan Matthew Gordon, Thomas Faulkner, Brian Berman.




   
State-of-the-Art Facility to House USTA Player Development and
USTA Community Tennis Divisions and Will Enhance the Sport at Every Level

University of Central Florida Tennis Program to Call New Facility Home


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., May 14, 2014 ? The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced its plans to create the new home for American tennis, a state-of-the-art facility at Lake Nona area in Orlando, Fla., that will enhance the sport at every level. The 100-plus court tennis center, which will house the USTA’s Community Tennis and Player Development divisions, will be divided into dedicated areas that will focus on the complete tennis pathway ? from the youngest players, to recreational players, to collegians, to future professional players, and to professional tour level players. The target completion date is the fourth quarter of 2016.
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By Jan Hogan, Las Vegas Review Journal
March 29, 2014

Local tennis enthusiasts are scoring big with the news that the United States Tennis Association’s Nevada chapter has received a $50,000 grant to further its children’s programs.

Ryan Wolfington, executive director of USTA-Nevada, said he thought Las Vegas was selected by the USTA for the grant because of the success of its 2013 free tennis initiative. "It did so well that when we got the grant, we applied using that information and talked about the success of the campaign,? Wolfington said. ?We had 650 people sign up for free lessons. That’s a pretty big number. ? It’s a hard grant to get. It shows that they believe in your market, that you’ve shown improvement and growth potential. It’s like a stamp of approval."

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