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Russell Named to ITA Hall of Fame

March 9, 2015 02:44 PM

Former USTA Southwest president Tim Russell Named to ITA Hall of Fame
Longtime Southwest volunteer put into Hall in "contributor" category

From Intercollegiate Tennis Association

SKILLMAN, NJ (March 9) - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced the 2015 inductees for the ITA Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame today, and among them were former USTA Southwest president Tim Russell.

The 2015 ITA Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame class consists of six inductees: coaches Fred Kniffen (University of Texas at Tyler & Tyler Junior College) and Jim Schwitters (University of Hawaii); players Jay Berger (Clemson University), Mark Merklein (University of Florida) and Jeff Morrison (University of Florida); and Russell (Northwestern University), who was placed into the Hall in a "Contributor" category.

The 2015 ITA Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame Enshrinement Banquet will be held on May 20 during the NCAA Division I Men's & Women's Tennis Championships at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, May 14-25.

TimRussellRussell Named to '15 ITA Hall of Fame Class
Tim Russell served as the USTA Collegiate Varsity Chair from 2007-2010 where he helped senior staff put together the first strategic plan for college varsity tennis within the USTA. He was also instrumental in initiating effective collegiate community outreach programs. From 2011-2012 Russell guided the USTA through major changes in the junior competitive tournament model as USTA Junior Competition Chair, creating a model that led to more and better American juniors for college coaches to recruit. He was USTA Presidential Advisor from 2013-2014.

Russell also led the ITA Format Steering Committee as moderator and researcher. He spent hundreds of hours analyzing data from the various format tests during the 2014 spring season and led several conference calls and face-to-face meetings with members of the committee to discuss what would be the best format for college tennis. Dr. Russell recently retired as Conductor Laureate, after 35 years with the PROMUSICA Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, OH, and is currently the Director of Orchestras and Professor of Music at Arizona State University. As a conductor and record producer of thirty CD's, Russell has received two Grammy nominations.

Russell was a former USTA Southwest president (2004-2005) and was selected for the USTA Southwest Hall of Fame in 2011.


About the ITA Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame

The ITA Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame, housed at the University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex, was inaugurated in 1983 and has inducted more than 200 players, coaches and contributors. The ITA Hall of Fame museum displays over 2,000 rare photos and memorabilia.  Its members include the late Arthur Ashe (UCLA), Jimmy Connors (UCLA), John McEnroe (Stanford) and Coach Dick Gould (Stanford). The late Dan Magill, legendary Georgia head men's tennis coach, served as the curator from its inception until 2013. John Frierson is the current curator. For a complete list of the Hall of Fame Inductees, please visit www.itatennis.com.