June 12, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. -- University of Oklahoma assistant men's tennis coach Bo Hodge was selected as one of three coaches of the 2012 USTA Men's Collegiate Team, the United States Tennis Association announced Tuesday.
Hodge and Virginia's Andres Pedroso, with assistance from Notre Dame's Ryan Sachire, were chosen to lead the elite training program for the top American men's collegiate tennis players. Former Princeton coach Megan Bradley-Rose and Tory Porco of Virginia will coach the women's team. The program, which began in 1996 and is funded by the USTA, is designed to provide players with valuable exposure to the USTA Pro Circuit in a team-oriented environment during the year.
"The USTA Collegiate Teams provide us the opportunity to work with some of the top Americans playing college tennis, and allow us to use the USTA Pro Circuit as a means to develop their games and keep these collegians on the pathway towards professional tennis," said Patrick McEnroe, General Manager, USTA Player Development. "These five coaches all have played or coached at the highest levels and can provide some great perspective for our top collegiate athletes."
Hodge will advise nine team members that were selected based on performance at the NCAA Championships as well as performance during the regular season. Current professionals who are past participants of the collegiate program include James Blake, Bob and Mike Bryan, John Isner, Jesse Levine and Irina Falconi.
Hodge, 30, completed his first year as an OU assistant coach under John Roddick after three years as an assistant at the University of Alabama. Hodge helped the Sooners go undefeated through the Big 12 regular season and tournament championships. Following a brief stint as a touring professional, Hodge served as a coach and hitting partner for Venus and Serena Williams in 2006 and for Mardy Fish in 2007. Hodge was a four-time All-American at the University of Georgia, where he helped lead the Bulldogs to the 2001 NCAA title. Hodge finished both 2001 and 2004 ranked No. 2 in the country and reached the 2004 NCAA doubles final with current American standout John Isner.
This summer, USTA Player Development will host two Pro Tour Transition camps -- one for the men, one for the women -- for the selected players. The men's camp will be held June 7-13 on clay courts in Boca Raton, Fla., while the women's camp will be conducted June 10-14, on clay courts in Boca Raton.