Six recent grads selected as USTA Player Development Coaching Fellows

June 20, 2019 03:53 PM

Six recent college graduates have been selected for the USTA Player Development Fellowship program this summer.

The Fellowship program, which begins Monday and runs through the 2019 US Open, is structured to provide significant experiential training and opportunity for independent research in the field of professional tennis coaching. The program is based out of the USTA National Campus at Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla., and includes traveling with a coaching mentor.

Professional Coaching Fellows:

Jaime Barajas, a former Mountain West Conference Player of the Year and now volunteer assistant coach at Utah State University.
Leah Bush, a four-year letter-winner at NCAA Division III Williams College, where she was a part of its 2016-17 NCAA championship team.
Nick Castro, currently an assistant women's coach at the University of the Pacific, and a former player and kinesiology major at Fresno State.
Aslina Chua, a four-year player and pre-med major at Michigan State, where she played No. 1 singles as a senior.
Rachel Pierson, a former singles and doubles All-American at Texas A&M, the first player in program history to earn singles and doubles All-American honors. 

Performance Analytics Fellow:

Kevin Huang, a recent materials and science engineering graduate from the University of Illinois. 


Previous Fellowship alumni have gone on to a variety of positions in the coaching ranks.