PISCATAWAY, NJ - Head women's tennis coach Ben Bucca has been elected to a two-year team on the Board of Directors of the Eastern Tennis Association (ETA), one of 17 geographic sections of the United States Tennis Association - the governing body of tennis in the United States. The Eastern Section boasts over 45,000 members throughout all of New York, Northern New Jersey and Greenwich, Connecticut.
A not-for-profit community service organization, the Eastern Section's mission is to promote and develop the growth of tennis. The section also establishes and maintains rules of fair play, high standards of sportsmanship and represents in its jurisdiction, the programs and policies of the USTA. It has an operating budget of approximately $2.75 million and is headquartered in White Plains, NY. The home center for both the current (National Tennis Center) and former (Westside Tennis Club) homes of the US Open, the ETA employs 15 full-time staff members.
In 2002, Bucca was appointed as a member of the collegiate committee for the United States Tennis Association (USTA). With this appointment, Bucca became part of a select group of distinguished collegiate coaches from around the country, serving as a liaison between collegiate tennis and the USTA.
In 2003, Bucca became a member of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) NCAA Legislative Issues Committee. ITA, the governing body of collegiate tennis, works closely with the NCAA on several issues dealing with tennis in all its divisions. At the 2004 ITA Coaches Convention, Bucca spoke about his involvement in implementing a club tennis program at Rutgers which competes on a regular basis. He also received a USTA/ITA sectional award for his community service efforts.
“I'm honored to become a member of the Board of Directors,” said Bucca. “I see this as a great opportunity to give back to a game that has given so much to me. Coupled with my involvement on the USTA National Committee, I believe this will further increase the profile of Rutgers women's tennis and provide us with access and visibility on both a regional and national level.