USTA Announces Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup Teams; McNamara Named Head Women's Coach at Texas
The USTA announced the three-player teams that will represent the United States next week at the ITF's Junior Fed Cup and Junior Davis Cup competitions for 16-and-under players.
As I mentioned on Monday, the girls team consists of CiCi Bellis, Tornado Alicia Black and Sofia Kenin and will be coached by Kathy Rinaldi. The boys team is Michael Mmoh, William Blumberg and Gianni Ross, and is coached by Eric Nunez. John McNally was originally named to the team, but a recent injury kept him from making the trip.
The two teams are competing Friday against the University of New Mexico tennis teams at the new McKinnon Family Tennis Complex in Albuquerque, with three doubles matches, including one mixed doubles, followed by six singles matches. For more on the match, see the New Mexico website.
Black, who qualified for the $75,000 Pro Circuit tournament in Albuquerque, won her first round match this evening, so her status for Friday's college match will depend on how she does in the pro tournament Thursday, when she takes on top seed Anna Tatishvili.
I am still awaiting official word from the ITA on the status of the format change. But there's still college news to report, including the filling of the women's head coaching position at Texas. Danielle Lund McNamara, who coached last year at Yale, will take over for Patty Fendick-McCain, who retired in June.
Other hirings announced recently:
Former Ohio State All-American Ross Wilson has been named interim men's head coach at Iowa after the announcement this month that Steve Houghton, coach of the Hawkeyes for 33 years, would retire, effective immediately. Wilson was the assistant to Houghton last season. Ty Shaub, another former Buckeye, has been named interim assistant to Wilson.
Another former Ohio State All-American, Bryan Koniecko, has been named men's head coach at Brown. Koniecko previously served as men's assistant at Brown in 2010-12 and was the women's assistant at Ohio State the following two seasons.
Replacing Koniecko in Columbus is Adam Cohen. He was previously men's head coach at Binghamton.
Cordell Ho has retired as women's assistant at Cal, with Zack Warren taking his place. Warren is a former player and men's assistant at Brigham Young.
Courtney Nagle, previously an assistant at Iowa, replaces Sara Anundsen as women's assistant at North Carolina.
Kurt Clemmons is joining new Washington women's coach Robin Stephenson as her assistant.
2013 NCAA finalist Mary Weatherholt(Nebraska) has taken a women's volunteer assistant's position at TCU.
Former Michigan men's coach Bruce Berque has taken a men's volunteer assistant position at Texas.
The announcement of Paul Goldstein's hiring at Stanford came back in June, but here's a good interview with Goldstein as he begins his first season as Cardinal men's head coach.