THE ASSOCIATION

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  • PAST PRESIDENTS -
  • 2015-17 - RON LANDFAIR, Lansing Catholic
  • 2013-15 - MIKE McGINNIS, Battle Creek Lakeview
  • 2011-13 JOE GENTLE, North Muskegon
  • 2009-11 PETER MILITZER, Portage Central
  • 2007-09 NANCY BRISSETTE, Essexville-Garber
  • 2005-07 TOM LEYRER, Jenison
  • 2003-05 JERRY MURPHY, Rochester
  • 2001-03 JOHN SHADE, Grosse Ile
  • 1999-2001 TIM COLEMAN, Woodhaven
  • 1997-99 KAREN PAGE, Holland West Ottawa
  • 1995-97 GARY ELLIS, Allegan
  • 1993-95 ELLIOT PEARCE, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central
  • 1991-93 ED WAITS, Southfield Lathrup
  • 1989-91 JIM CUMMINS, Battle Creek Central
  • 1987-89 STAN NOLAND, Monroe
  • 1985-87 CHARLES BASSETT, Spring Lake
  • 1983-85 TIGER TEUSINK, Holland
  • 1981-83 HAROLD HOLCOMB, Essexville-Garber
  • 1979-81 BOB QUINN, Saginaw Hertiage
  • 1977-79 CHARLIE PARTIN, East Grand Rapids

  • DISTRICTS/COMMITTEES

    District # 1: Rules & Rules Meeting
    Director: Jerry Murphy, Rochester
    Assistants:
    Eric Bracciano, Lake Orion
    Judy Hehs, Academy of the Sacred Heart

    Bill McDaniel, Holly
    Peter Riley, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep
    Andrew Shipp, Troy Athens
    Jim Slaughter, U of D Jesuit
    Will Sophiea, Holly
    Whitney Wasielewski, North Farmington

    District # 2: Membership
    Director: Rocco Giorgi, Gibraltar Carlson
    Assistants:
    Gordon Boettcher, Ann Arbor Huron
    Jan Gottlin, Riverview
    Don McCathney, Livonia Stevenson

    Vince Preuthun, Trenton
    Tom Pullen, Ann Arbor Pioneer
    John Shade, Grosse Ile

    District # 3: Coach of the Year/All-Star
    Director: Hal Stofer, Three Rivers
    Assistants:
    Jen Aldrich, Allegan
    Matt Balej, Paw Paw

    Jim Cummins, Battle Creek
    Mike McGinnis, Battle CreekLakeview

    Peter Militzer, Portage Central

    District # 4: Distinguished Service Award & Assistant Coach of the Year
    Director: Jim Niebling, Portland
    Assistants:
    Henry Brunnsweiler, Haslett
    Jim D'Angelo, Mason
    Jim Jonas, Fowlerville
    Nate Schwarzbek, Williamston

    District # 5: Ethics & Sportsmanship
    Director: Scott Zerlaut, Grant
    Assistants:
    Charlie Bassett, Spring Lake
    Joe Gentle, North Muskegon

    Cathy Layson, Spring Lake

    Tom Leyrer, Jenison
    Kevin O'Keefe, Holland
    Charles Phelps, NorthPointe Christian
    Tiger Teusink, Holland

    Duy Tran, East Kentwood

    District # 6: Historian & Hall of Fame
    Director: Jeff Newingham, Essexville Garber
    Assistants:
    Doug Adams, Clio
    Nancy Brissette, Essexville Garber
    Harold Holcomb, Essexville Garber

    Bob Quinn, Saginaw, Heritag
    Gary Senkowski, Saginaw Heritage
    Justin Thomas, Clio
    District # 7: Managers & Coaches Manual
    Director: Larry Harte, Warren Mott
    Assistants:

    Robert Bussone , Almont
    Dave Fredette, Armada
    Nathan Immekus, Almont
    Mike Pearson, Shelby Township Utica Eisenhower

    District # 8: Grievance & Appeal
    Director: Larry Nykerk, Traverse City Central
    Assistant:

    District # 9: UP Relations
    Director:

    History of Our Association

    In 1976 Bob Wood realized that there was a definite need for an organization through which coaches could improve their coaching and quality of their teams. He first set out by sending 400 letters to all schools with tennis programs in the state and received in return a substantial number of positive responses for establishing an association of tennis coaches. He then contacted Warren McKenzie, assistant director of the MHSAA in charge of tennis, to map out the state into five districts. Subsequently, he appointed Charles Partin of East Grand Rapids as president, Bob Quinn of Saginaw MacArthur as first vice-president, Sandy Peterson of Portage Northern as second vice-president, and personally assumed the role of secretary/treasurer. District committees were formed, directors and assistant directors were named, and the organization was formally founded in 1976. Its first summer meetings were held at Houghton Lake in July, 1977. With the group now established, Wood began to organize the first of many highly successful coaches clinics in February, 1977, at East Detroit. Brian Eisner, mens varsity coach at the University of Michigan, and the late Ian Laver, a teaching pro from Delray Beach, Florida, were featured as the main speakers at Eastpointe, which attracted 126 coaches that first year. Bob was encouraged by the positive comments and words of appreciation for his mighty efforts. With this initial thrust into the clinic business, Bob Wood with the assistance of Gary Bodenmiller of the Grosse Pointe Indoor Tennis Club has since developed innovative ideas which have made our Michigan Workshop one of the very best clinics in the entire nation.

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