Hilton Head Island, SC - - Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) presented its annual awards last week during the PTR International Tennis Symposium. The event, with more than 40 educational presentations for tennis coaches was held on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Doug Chapman, of Somerset, Massachusetts, has been named PTR High School Coach of the Year. The coach 2019-20 season marks Chapman’s 42nd year as a Head Tennis Coach (high school and college).
In its Champions of Tennis issue, Racquet Sports Industry named Chapman its 2019 National High School Coach of the Year. He is a two-time New England High School Coach of the Year and twice has been one of 10 coaches selected to the USTA High School No-Cut Coaches All-Star Team. He has compiled a Massachusetts tennis scholastic history 594 career victories while coaching the Somerset Berkley Blue Raiders Boys team. Coach Chapman’s teams have qualified for the state playoffs 35 times and won 10 League Championships. He was inducted into the Somerset Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011, as have his 1983 and 1984 teams, which combined to win 48 consecutive matches and 76 of 77 overall. His 2015 team received the MIAA State Sportsmanship Award for tennis.
Chapman is also in his eighth year as Head Women's Coach at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, guiding the Corsairs to the 2015 Little East Conference Championship and 2016 NCAA Tournament. He also led the Roger Williams University's Women's team to the 2002 Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship, winning the conference regular season title and the tournament championship for the first time in school history. It remains the best season in RWU athletic history. Chapman was inducted with that team into the RWU Athletic Hall of Fame.
Chapman played on Somerset High school’s first varsity tennis teams and was a Captain and All-Star. While a student at Boston University, he switched from playing to coaching, being named Head Coach at the age of 19.
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.