U.S. Olympic Committee Award

Apr 28 2014




WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., April 24, 2014 – The USTA today announced that four distinguished tennis coaches have been honored by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) for their outstanding contributions to the sport of tennis in 2013:  University of Virginia men’s head coach Brian Boland was named the National Coach of the Year; Joseph Gilbert, coach of 2013 USTA Boys’ 18s national champion Collin Altamirano, was named Developmental Coach of the Year; Gordon Uehling III, of CourtSense in Tenafly, N.J., received the Doc Counsilman Award for sport science; and Jan Beeman, of Dallas, was recognized as Volunteer Coach of the Year.


These four coaches were honored with their awards in the sport of tennis. Each of them is also entered into consideration for the same USOC distinction across all sports, to be awarded later this year.


Boland, now in his 13th season as head men’s tennis coach at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., earned honors for his work coaching the Cavaliers in 2013, guiding them to a 30-0 team record and its first-ever NCAA team championship. Under Boland’s instruction last year, senior Jarmere Jenkins was an NCAA singles finalist and doubles champion (with teammate Mac Styslinger), was honored as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s National Player of the Year, among other distinctions, and was one of three Cavaliers to be named all-American, with Styslinger and Alex Domijan.


Gilbert, the owner and director of the JMG Tennis Academy at Arden Hills Resort & Spa in Sacramento, Calif., was recognized for coaching high-level junior players. Gilbert coached both the USTA Boys’ 18s and 12s national champions this past summer. Altamirano, the former, whose victory earned him a main draw wild card into the US Open, was the first unseeded player to win the 18s title in the 71 years the tournament has been played in Kalamazoo, Mich.


Uehling, the founder and managing director of CourtSense Tennis Training Center in Tenafly, N.J. was honored for utilizing scientific techniques and equipment in his coaching. Uehling, a featured speaker at the 2013 International Tennis Federation World Coaching Conference, implements state of the art tools and techniques at his facilities, including video analysis, muscle memory work, bio and neuro-feedback, electronic stimulation and functional medicine. Uehling has worked with many top professional players, including Christina McHale.


Beeman, secretary on the Dallas Tennis Association Board of Directors, was awarded for her work as a volunteer coach in the Dallas area, where she works with the local National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) chapter. In five years of coaching kids, Beeman has been named volunteer of the year for both the Dallas Tennis Association and the Dallas NJTL for her work with them on-court and in the classroom, emphasizing sportsmanship and character as much as on-court success.


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