Hilton Head Island, SC - - Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) will present its annual awards during the PTR International Tennis Symposium. The event, which includes more than 40 educational presentations for tennis coaches, will be held February 11-15, on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Geoff Macdonald, of Nashville, Tennessee, has been named PTR Jim Verdieck College Coach of the Year.
Entering his 25th season as Vanderbilt University’s Head Women’s Tennis Coach, Macdonald guided his #2 ranked team to a 27-4 season (12-1 in conference play) and its second consecutive SEC tournament champions. When he took over the program, the Commodores were ranked #28, but by the 2015-16 season, the team worked their way to #1 by winning the National Championship title. Macdonald has earned three Coach of the Year honors, including the 2018 SEC Coach of the Year, while coaching three different Division I teams: Vanderbilt, Duke and LSU. He coached Duke to three conference championships and three appearances in the NCAA tournament, and in just three years at LSU, Geoff took the team from last in the SEC to the NCAA Championship as the #13 seed.
Macdonald is a great leader because he stood in his players’ shoes. At the University of Virginia, Macdonald won the ACC Singles title and was named the ACC’s Most Valuable Player and earned the Sportsmanship Award. He played professionally for three years, even making it to the US Open, before turning his sights on coaching college tennis.
PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 16,500 members in 125 countries. It has the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization. PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying and serving tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game.