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 10-13, on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Bruce Berque, of Austin, Texas, has been named PTR Jim Verdieck College Coach of the Year. In 2019, Berque guided the University of Texas Men's Tennis team to its first ever NCAA National Championship title and was named Big 12 Coach of the Year.
Berque began his career at Texas in 2015, as a volunteer Assistant Coach and earned his way to the Head Coach post in Spring 2019. Prior to the winning the NCAA Championship, he helped lead Texas to the NCAA quarterfinals in 2017, and the NCAA round of 16 in 2015, 2016 and 2018.
Prior to Texas, Berque had more than two decades coaching experience with some of the nation's top programs, including 10 years as Head Coach at Michigan. He also served in coaching capacities at Illinois, where in 2003, he named ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year, Ohio State, Florida and Haverford College, where he was Assistant Women’s Coach under Ann Koger, PTR’s 2016 College Coach of the Year. During his career, Berque helped produce four national team champions, six national individual champions and nine teams to conference titles. He has coached five singles players and three doubles teams to #1 National rankings and 21 All-Americans, who collectively amassed 42 All-American honors.
PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 16,000 members in 131 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.