Hilton Head Island, SC - - Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) will present its annual awards next week during the PTR International Tennis Symposium.
David Panconi, of San Jose, California, has been named PTR Member of the Year for the State. This award is presented to a member who has shown dedication and diligence in promoting and supporting tennis and PTR.
A Northern California native, Panconi is a graduate of UC Davis, where he excelled in several sports. He always helped teammates become better players, improved their knowledge of the sport, and loved learning and giving back. In high school he played #1 singles all four years, participated in post season NCS championships. Additionally, he earned the White Sweater Award in high school by playing eight varsity sports.
After 20 years in sales, Panconi switched gears to become a tennis teacher. He knew that to be a respected in his new field, he needed experience and coach education. He became PTR and USPTA certified, went on to earn PTR Master of Tennis Junior Development, and has accumulated more than 700 hours of continued education. With the growing popularity of pickleball, Panconi became certified as a PPR Professional to teach it as well. Panconi served on the USPTA board for four years (2011-15) and received the USPTA NorCal Service to Tennis Award.
Panconi has worked with high performance academies, managed a 12-court tennis facility where he grew the city recreation program from 160 to more than 600 players in three years, coached USTA JTT teams, volunteered for many USTA junior development programs, and still plays USTA competitive tennis at the 4.5-5.0 level. Currently, Panconi works at Los Gatos Swim and Racquet Club with beginner players from 5-12 years old, providing both proper tennis instruction and a positive environment that encourages players stay in the game. He believes that if you listen to your students, connect with the parents and keep players in their proper level, they will have the foundation to compete and play tennis for a lifetime.
PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 16,000 members in 131countries. 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.