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July 7, 2011 at 12:04 PM

USTA recognizes Redmond’s Marceil Whitney

Due to her commitment to the United States Tennis Association’s no-cut tennis program, Redmond tennis coach Marceil Whitney has been recognized as one of nine national finalists for the 2011 USTA National Starfish Award.

Here is the press release:

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., July, 2011 — The United States Tennis Association today announced the nine national finalists for the 2011 USTA Starfish Award. Local high school coach Marceil Whitney from Redmond High School in Redmond, WA has been selected as a finalist for the award, which honors exceptional high school coaches who implement a “No-Cut” policy for their high school tennis team.

A No-Cut policy essentially means every student who wishes to play is welcomed as a member of the team. With more than 2,850 coaches nationwide implementing this initiative, some programs have more than 100 official high school tennis team members. The coaches of these teams serve as positive role models and make a difference by spending the extra time and effort to ensure that thousands of young players experience the fun of representing their high school tennis team.

Marceil Whitney has been coaching tennis for the past 15 years. This past season, her Redmond High School team consisted of 56 players. Both her boys and girls teams have held the Champion title of King County, with the boys holding the title for three consecutive years.

Aside from coaching, Marceil started a booster club at the high school that awards two deserving seniors scholarships for college. Marceil also founded a Community Tennis Association, Tennis Outreach Programs, (T.O.P.s) which provides tennis for at risk and disadvantaged youth.

“The USTA is proud to name Marceil Whitney as a finalist for the Starfish Award, who has enriched the lives of her players through her No-Cut tennis program,” said Barry Ford, Director, Education, Advocacy and Public Affairs, USTA. “Ensuring that her players are given an opportunity to be a part of a team is a sign of Marceil’s devotion as a No-Cut coach. As a result, she has been selected as one of the nine finalists chosen from a pool of thousands of coaches.”

The USTA will recognize the two national winners at the Community Tennis Development Workshop held in New Orleans, L.A. from January 13-15, 2012. The Starfish Award is in its seventh year of existence and has honored twelve winners since 2005.

To qualify as a Starfish Award winner coaches must have implemented the No-Cut program at a high school and be nominated by USTA Sectional Coordinators. Final winners are determined by a select panel of USTA committee members, staff, volunteers and career no-cut coaches.

All registered no-cut coaches have access to updates and tips from the No-Cut Coaches Advisory Team and an interactive coaches forum. Comprised of seasoned and successful no-cut high school coaches, the Advisory Team offers advice, guidance and resources to coaches who are challenged by the obstacles of working with such large teams.

To register as a no-cut coach or learn more about the program, visit www.usta.com/no-cut

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