Bill Dopp of Monroe, Ga., has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 USTA Faculty Member of the Year Award. Dopp was honored at an awards banquet involving more than 600 community tennis leaders during the annual USTA Tennis Development Workshop (TDW), Nov. 5-7, at the Sheraton San Diego.
Dopp has served as the USTA Southern Tennis Service Representative Coordinator, supervising nine other TSRs, since 2005. He also covers northeastern Georgia.
Dopp earned the award based on his outstanding service and skills as a workshop faculty member for 10 and Under Tennis on-court workshops. He received nearly perfect scores in his evaluations over the course of a year from workshop participants. For the past 16 years, Dopp has been a member of the Georgia Professional Tennis Association (GPTA) and was presented the GPTA’s Large Facility Director of the Year and Program of the Year Award in 2004. In 2014, Dopp received the Volunteer Community Tennis Person of the Year with GPTA.
“For years Bill has shown dedication and a commitment to teaching others the sport for a lifetime,” said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. “Bill’s love for the game is contagious and his involvement with tennis has truly been a gift to our sport.”
A native of Wisconsin, Dopp has been a USTA National Faculty Trainer since 2009. Dopp’s tennis credentials are top notch as he was employed by Peter Burwash International as the Director of Tennis at the Stone Mountain Tennis Center in Georgia, site of the 1996 Olympic tennis venue. Prior to coming to Georgia, Dopp worked in Orlando as the head tennis professional at the Disney Institute at Walt Disney World. He also was the resident Director of Tennis at the five-star Tokyo Bay Hilton in Tokyo, Japan, where along with his directing duties, he was published in SMASH Tennis magazine as a feature writer.
The USTA Faculty Member of the Year Award recognizes an individual coach and teaching professional who promotes the growth of tennis through exemplary on-court training and in assisting the USTA and its sections with the direction of its 10 and Under Tennis on-court training program. Congratulations to Bill!