Nov 6, 2013 10:44 AM by Ian Auzenne
A Lafayette tennis coach has been named the national trainer of the year by the United States Tennis Association.
Bill Phillips received his award last week in Denver during the USTA Tennis Development Workshop. The honor goes to the the coach who promotes the growth of tennis through exemplary on-court training and by assisting the USTA with the direction of its training programs.
Phillips began playing the game at the nine-years-old and began coaching more than 40 years ago while serving in the Air Force.
"Bill has been giving back to his country for over forty years from his military background to impacting lives through tennis," said Kurt Kamperman, the USTA's chief executive of community tennis. "He has been instrumental in helping grow the game at the youth level."