The Hilton Head Island-based Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) has named Georgia Tech coach Rodney Harmon as the organization’s new president.
“We are thrilled to have someone as respected, talented and experienced as Rodney to serve as PTR’s new president,” PTR CEO Dan Santorum said in a release. “Rodney is the first African-American male to become president of a major tennis organization in the United States, and he will further solidify PTR’s commitment to diversity in tennis. Rodney will be a tremendous leader who will help PTR continue to educate, certify and service tennis coaches around the world.”
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Harmon has enjoyed a distinguished career as a player, coach, and instructor. He played collegiately at Tennessee and SMU and was inducted into the ITA Men’s Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame in 2010. He reached a career-high ranking of No. 56 on the ATP Tour during his professional career.
Harmon spent two stints working for the USTA, heading up the USTA Tennis Teachers Conference and serving as USTA National Coach for four years during his first stint and later returning as Director of Men’s Tennis at the USTA training center headquarters. He also was the head coach of the U.S. men’s team at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Harmon got his start as a collegiate coach leading the Miami Hurricanes and returned to the collegiate ranks in 2012 when he took over at Georgia Tech. He was named the ACC Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2017 and has the Yellow Jackets ranked seventh in the nation this season.
“I am humbled and honored to serve as PTR president, following such tennis pioneers as Dennis Van der Meer, Jean Mills, Jorge Andrew and Roy Barth,” Harmon said in the release. “PTR is an organization that is dedicated to ‘Making a World of Difference’ in the professional lives of its members and in the sport of tennis. I look forward to further raising the profile of our profession, while attracting a young, passionate and diverse group of coaches to our industry.”
PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals and coaches with nearly 16,500 members in 125 countries. It has the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization. PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying and serving tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game.
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