Walker to Coach USTA Collegiate National Team
June 30, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas – For the second year in a row, new TCU women’s tennis head coach Lee Taylor Walker was selected to coach the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Women’s Collegiate National Team.
The USTA Women’s Collegiate National Team is comprised of six individuals that qualify based on their accomplishments during the fall and spring seasons, while playing for their respective schools. Players that are automatically chosen for the national team include winners of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American Championships, USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships, ITA Player of the Year, ITA Rookie of the Year, NCAA Singles champion and the highest-ranked collegians in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) rankings.
“It’s a real privilege to coach this team again,” Walker said. “The relationships made on last year’s team will last a lifetime, and I’m looking forward to continuing with some of those same people this summer as well as meeting new players and coaches.”
Walker will travel around the country coaching some of the top American collegiate players in the month of July. Walker will begin by traveling with the team to Sacramento, Calif., on July 5, before heading to Evansville, Ind., on July 14. Walker will return to Texas for a tournament in Austin on July 21 and will round out his coaching duties with the Fort Worth Pro Tennis Classic on July 28 at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
“It is great that TCU is one of the only university on this tour that hosts a professional event, and speaks volumes about the tennis facility and community here,” Walker said. “This is just another reason why TCU tennis should be a consistent top 10 program year in and year out.”
Walker will coach the team with USC associate head coach West Nott, who is also returning for his second season. The duo will be joined by newcomer Felix Alvarado, who is the assistant general manager and director of tennis at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy in New York City. The three coaches will assist USTA National Coach Dustin Taylor, who is in charge of the USTA Collegiate National Team for USTA Player Development.