Universal Tennis Releases Inaugural UTCA Executive Committee

Universal Tennis Releases Inaugural UTCA Executive Committee

Palo Alto, CA - Today, Universal Tennis is announcing the members of the 2023 Universal Tennis Collegiate Alliance (UTCA) Executive Committee. Formed in January, the UTCA is united in the mission of elevating collegiate tennis.

The UTCA Executive Committee consists of 12 head coaches across all college tennis divisions to help guide and drive innovation and growth in the sport. Committee members (listed below) represent Division I, II, and III, NAIA, Junior/Community College, and HBCU. The UTCA Executive Committee will meet multiple times per year to work together in support of college tennis and the improvement of the status quo.

“The UTCA Executive Committee is made up of coaching leaders throughout the U.S. This group will play a major part in elevating collegiate tennis across all divisions. We are extremely excited about the UTCA and the future of collegiate tennis!” said Chase Hodges, VP of Universal Tennis.

As a leader in college tennis, Universal Tennis has proven and established itself as the official technology and solution provider with the best and most proven rating and ranking, tournament and event technology, performance data, and analytics. Universal Tennis is increasing its investment and commitment to continuing to lead the way forward with transformational solutions for college tennis.

“Joining the UTCA is something I greatly value as someone who is passionate about growing the sport and growing the sport through collegiate competition. College tennis is special, and being a part of moving the needle forward with the UTCA for future generations is a no-brainer,” said Alexandra Leatu, head women’s tennis coach at Queens University of Charlotte."

“I’m excited to be a part of the UTCA and appreciate their desire to promote college tennis on a bigger stage. The leadership at Universal Tennis loves our sport and wants to tell our story well,” said Adam Schaechterle, head men’s tennis coach at Pepperdine.

Universal Tennis has a proven track record of rapid innovation and enabling domestic and international recruiting with the gold-standard UTR Rating for assessing talent. Tens of millions of dollars have been invested in new technology, data science, analytics, and events (including camps, circuits, and clinics) to benefit and significantly grow revenue for college programs. Almost all college programs use Universal Tennis’ platform for recruiting, rating, running events, analytics and/or monetization.

Universal Tennis generates millions in revenue for college programs each year; Universal Tennis College Camps is a leader after only the initial year of launch, and some 3,000 players have competed in the newly launched Universal Tennis College Circuits. The UTR Pro Tennis Tour (“PTT”) has streamed over 20,000 matches featuring 1,300+ college players globally. Last month, the PTT launched on Amazon Prime to elevate college tennis and showcase college players.

The UTCA Executive Committee

NCAA Division I

Manny Diaz, University of Georgia

Audra Cohen, University of Oklahoma

Nick Crowell, University of Oklahoma

Robin Stephenson, University of Washington

Jenny Mainz, University of Alabama

Adam Schaechterle, Pepperdine University

Alexandra Leatu, Queens University of Charlotte

NCAA Division II

Derrick Racine, University of West Florida

NCAA Division III

John Browning, Emory University

HBCU Tennis

Alan Green, Xavier University of Louisiana

NAIA Tennis

Hannah Keeling, Georgia Gwinnett College

Junior College/Community College Tennis

Sam Blackburn, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College



About Universal Tennis

The mission of Universal Tennis is to connect and grow the sport with innovative events and a global digital marketplace centered around level-based play. The Universal Tennis Engagement Platform is anchored by the UTR Rating, the world’s most accurate singles and doubles tennis rating system. Universal Tennis provides the tools and solutions to make the UTR Rating relevant and valuable to players, coaches, and organizers in their local tennis communities. Universal Tennis is creating opportunities and pathways for players from all over the world, in all stages of life, to find better matches and unlock a more fun and flexible tennis experience. Go to UniversalTennis.com to sign up, activate your player profile and join the global tennis community. Watch our video and connect on social @UniversalTennis to learn more.

Starting in early 2023, Universal Tennis will offer one home for tennis and pickleball, beginning a new chapter by bringing a pickleball rating and technology solutions to another racquet sport. Universal Tennis will enable its customers to use its pickleball rating and event management software to create accessible, competitive level-based events.

Media Contacts:

Ben Makarenko: bmakarenko@universaltennis.com

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