BRADENTON, March 23rd, 2009 -IMG Academy (IMGA), a division of global sports and entertainment company, IMG, announced today that they have made further exciting additions to the leadership of the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy hiring Pat Dougherty, Bob Davis, Ricardo Icaza and entered into an agreement with former top-five player and highly respected coach, Brian Gottfried.
If it wasn't enough already that the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy is the home to the game's future stars with an alumni list that reads like a who's who in the world of tennis, and that recently secured the services of Brad Gilbert, arguably one of the world's most talented coaches, the NBTA continues to widen the gap on their competition with the added expertise and experience. The recent appointments send a clear message that IMG Academy and the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy are committed to providing the highest level of development for all of their students.
Each of these individuals brings a different area of expertise to the NBTA. Gottfried, like Brad Gilbert, is a former student of the NBTA and also was ranked as high as #3 in the world. He will spend one week per month at the NBTA working with every student in the tennis program. âIt is fantastic to have Brian back at the Academy,â said Nick Bollettieri. âHe was one of my first students, and his in-depth expertise of tennis will have a tremendous effect on every single one of our students. I can't wait to work with Brian once again,â exclaimed Bollettieri.
Also joining the ranks will be Pat Dougherty, the inventor of the A.P. Belt, expert tennis strategist and within the world of tennis is known as the serve doctor. Dougherty's work has been featured in TENNIS MAGAZINE as well as many other tennis publications. He, like Gottfried, will work with every student in the tennis program.
The NBTA is also proud to announce the hiring of Ricardo Icaza as the Traveling Tournament Coordinator. Icaza brings a lifetime of tennis knowledge to the NBTA as he was a former top-50 player and was the Captain of the Ecuador Davis Cup team for seven years. He has also worked with many top juniors and was the director of multiple tennis programs throughout his career. At the NBTA, Icaza will oversee all tournament scheduling and travel arrangements as well as traveling with NBTA students.
Lastly, the NBTA is thrilled to bring Bob Davis to the team. Davis will oversee the IMG Academy Adult Programs, which include the Bollettieri, Leadbetter and Athletic & Personal Development program adult programs. Davis worked with Nick Bollettieri to run the Ashe-Bollettieri Cities' Tennis Program (ABC). He also worked with Nick and Arthur Ashe to provide tennis lesson, academic tutoring, health education and collegiate financial aid to 15,000 inner city youth from 1987 to 1993.
We are very excited about the addition of these four individuals. This is just another example of our commitment to upgrading the tennis program, Chip Brooks explained. The NBTA has long been known as the place to train if you are looking to maximize your potential, and we want to continue to set the benchmark in the industry with our coaching and auxiliary staff, â Brooks went on to say.
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IMG Academy, a division of IMG, is the world's largest and most successful multi-sport, training and education academy and cap business. Spread out over 300 acres in Bradenton, Florida, the IMG Academy complex encompasses the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, the IMG Academy baseball program, IMG Academy basketball program, IMG Academy soccer program and IMG Swimming Academies, Athletic & Personal Development program, The IMG Academy School, University of Miami an array of amenities aimed building champions in sport and life. For more information about IMG Academy visit www.imgacademy.com.
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