BYU head coach Brad Pearce was named Utah PTR Member of the Year (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
HILTON HEAD ISLAND -- The Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) presented its annual awards during the 2008 PTR International Tennis Symposium and Brad Pearce, of Provo, Utah, was named PTR Member of the Year for the state of Utah.
PTR selects one member who has displayed the utmost in professionalism on and off the tennis court to be honored as State Member of the Year. Honorees are active in tennis in their communities and show dedication and service to PTR. Not all states have an honoree.
Pearce is in his fifth season serving as the head coach of Brigham Young University's men's tennis team. His 2008 team currently has a 6-2 record, the programs best start since the 2000 season.
Three of Pearce's former players, Nima Roshan, Shane LaPorte and Jeff Das, are among the top 800 players in the world, according to the latest ATP world professional rankings.
Pearce was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame in November of 2006 and currently serves on the nominating committee of the United States Tennis Association. To this day, he is one of only sixteen Americans in the last twenty-one years to reach the final eight in singles at Wimbledon.
Pearce and his colleagues at BYU host open tennis clinics every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the BYU indoor courts. Junior, high school, college and adult players are among those who attend.
The Symposium, which includes 60-plus on court and classroom presentations, a tennis trade show and $25,000 Championships is being held February 16-21, 2008, at Van der Meer Shipyard Racquet Club on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with 13,000 members in 126 countries. It has the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization. PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying and servicing tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game.