PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers head women’s tennis coach Ben Bucca recently attended the 20th annual Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Coaches Convention at Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami, FL, Dec. 11-14. Additionally, Bucca was one of nine individuals to earn the USTA/ITA Campus Recreation and Development Award.
Nearly 300 men’s and women’s college tennis coaches at all levels gathered for this year’s convention at Doral and Bucca was one of the featured speakers. He spoke on developing community support for youth programs. The four-day convention was highlighted by some of the most influential people in the sport of tennis – U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe, tennis legend Stan Smith, celebrated coach Dennis Van der Meer, sports science expert Dr. Jim Loehr, Eliot Teltscher of USA Tennis High Performance and many other teachers, coaches and respected individuals from the tennis community.
“It was an honor to be asked to speak at the convention along with some of the most well-respected and well-rounded individuals in the game,” said Bucca. “When you look at the list of speakers, it’s quite humbling to be included among them. Community involvement and outreach is something I take very seriously, and the opportunity to share my experiences was invaluable.”
The ITA also honors one coach in each of its nine regions, and Bucca was the award winner in the Eastern region for his job implementing tennis programs on campus in an effort to help foster tennis participation. While at Rutgers, Bucca has developed and implemented a club tennis team which competes on a regular basis.
In addition to offering clinics and panel discussions, the ITA Coaches Convention serves as the venue for the annual association meetings, which includes its Board of Directors and Operating Committee sessions.
Among the convention highlights was the membership and awards banquet on Dec. 12 honoring the 2004 Wilson/ITA National Coaches of the Year with McEnroe appearing as the featured speaker. The ITA is the governing body of collegiate tennis and promotes athletic and academic achievements in the collegiate tennis community.