Highly regarded honor is well-earned for Florida Tech’s seventh-year tennis coach
MELBOURNE, Fla. (Men’s and Women’s Tennis) – Florida Tech head coach Bill Macom has been chosen as the sectional winner of the 2011 United States Tennis Association (USTA)/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Campus and Community Outreach Award.
“I really think this is a shared award,” Macom said. “Our tennis team does a great job volunteering in the community. Service is important to them, which I certainly respect. I can tell working with The Scott Center is one of their favorite activities as evident by their enthusiasm before, during and after those sessions.
“The community has done a great job supporting our events. We have always had an impressive turn out for our Campus Showdowns and free tennis clinics as well as several regulars attending our home tennis matches.”
Under Macom’s guidance, the Panthers have been heavily involved with the Scott Center for Autism Treatment. They have held clinics for the center’s social skills group and hosted two successful Aces for Autism exhibitions. When an ace is earned in competition, Macom personally donates $1 to a Scott Center scholarship in his name.
His teams have put on numerous clinics, USTA/ITA Campus Showdowns and USTA Campus Kids’ Days. They have also been involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and Extreme Makeover Home Edition. Their work both on and off the court helped them clinch FIT’s Inaugural Champions Cup following the 2010-11 season.
The tennis program has made significant strides since he took over the helm in 2005-06. The women have competed in the NCAA Division II Tournament in each of the last three years. Over that period, the men have ranked among the top 50 teams nationally and made an NCAA tournament appearance in 2009. In addition to his coaching duties, he serves as the advisor for the University’s club tennis program.
Macom’s latest honor is one of five highly regarded awards he has received over a four-year span. He has been selected United States Professional Tennis Association (USTPA)/Florida College Coach of the Year (2010), USPTA/Florida-Melbourne District Tennis Professional of the Year (2009), USPTA National College Coach of the Year (2008) and was the recipient of the USTA/ITA National Campus Recreation and Community Outreach Award (2008).