Dec. 20, 2012
VALLEY FORGE, Pa. - The United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced the winners of its 2012 Middle States Awards on Thursday as Pitt head coach George Dieffenbach has been awarded the Edwin J. Faulkner College Coach of the Year.
The award winners are chosen from the six districts of USTA MS: Allegheny Mountain (AMD), Central Pennsylvania (CPD), Delaware (DD), Eastern Pennsylvania (EPD), New Jersey (NJD) and the Philadelphia Area (PATD), for their contribution to the growth of tennis throughout Middle States.
Each award winner will be honored at their respective district award ceremony. The date and location of the AMD awards ceremony is yet to be decided, while award winners from EPD will be honored at the CPD ceremony.
Dieffenbach is begin honored for his resume which includes more than 500 combined career victories as coach of the men's program from 1976-95 and the women's program from 1981-present. Dieffenbach's leadership has guided many players into the school record books, including Kristy Borza, Pittsburgh's leader in career singles victories (91), and Elizabeth Adams, second-most in combined wins (138).
Carol Strasser Memorial League Service Award
Sigrid Driscoll, EPD
Community Tennis Association Award
Greater Pottstown Tennis Association, PATD
Edwin J. Faulkner College Coach of the Year
George Dieffenbach, University of Pittsburgh, AMD
Bill Eydler, King's College, EPD
Edwin J. Faulkner High School Coach of the Year
Sally Allen, EPD
Family of the Year
Fleming Family, DD
Junior Volunteer of the Year
Mara Trifoi, EPD
Belinda Ji, NJD
Media Excellence Award
Ed Levin, PATD
NJTL Section Award
Willingboro Parks & Recreation Department, NJD
Organization of the Year
Commercial: West End Racquet Club, EPD
Non-commercial: Tennis For Kids., Inc., CPD
Teaching Professional of the Year
Mark Centrella, DD
Tennis On Campus Leader Award
Danny Zemel, University of Pittsburgh, AMD
Tournament Director of the Year
Rochelle Seilhamer, AMD
USTA Jr. Team Tennis Organizer Award
Melanie Calhoun, AMD
Volunteer of the Year
Karen Jennings, PATD
District Award Ceremonies
DD: January 6, 2013 - Double Tree Hotel, Wilmington, DE
CPD: February 24 - Bent Creek Country Club, Lititz, PA
PATD: March 3, 2013- Green Valley Country Club, Whitemarsh, PA
NJD: April 21, 2013 - Laurel Creek Country Club, Mount Laurel, N.J.