Director's Corner


Coach Bert Cole “Wears many Tennis hats” 

Bert Cole is Director of Junior Tennis Development for Dallas Tennis Association.  Bert played high school Tennis as a young woman and she continued to train and play tennis while traveling the world as a Military wife. Coach Bert has called Texas home for 20 years.

Coach Bert has been leading the development of the Dallas NJTL and Dallas Tennis and Education Academy program since becoming  Director in 2003.   The program has grown in size and excellence and has been awarded one of the top honors for all NJTL Chapters, the National NJTL Chapter of the Year in 2004, 2005, and 2007.

Coach Bert continues to “Dream” of a Dallas Tennis and Education Academy (DTEA). The Dream … “36 Tennis Court Facility, 8 indoor courts, 12 standalone 36 ft courts, 16 full size courts with blended 60 ft courts lines,  an Educational Center  with Classrooms and  Computer lab, full Training Center, Library, Kids Club Lounge, Kitchen and more…! “

 

EXPERIENCE

  • Tennis Pro for McConnell Air Force Base, Wichita, KS
  • Tennis Pro at SAC Headquarters Offutt AFB, Omaha Ne.
  • City of Arlington Parks and Recreation Department
  • Coach, Oakridge Preparatory School (middle &high school tennis) 
  • Director, Sportsline Tennis Camps,  campus of the University of Texas at Arlington.
  • Director of Jr. Tennis at Eastchase Sports & Racquet Club (now Cotton Creek Club in Ft. Worth)
  • Riverbend Athletic Club (Ft. Worth)

 

ACCREDITATION

           Professional Tennis Registry (PTR)

 

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

  • USTA Texas Section Diversity Committee, Co-Chair
  • USTA Texas Schools/NJTL Committee,  Chair
  • Omaha Tennis Association Board member
  • Missouri Valley Tennis Association member
  • Arlington Tennis Association Board member

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

  • The 2008 Lloyd Session USTA Texas Recipient
  • 2008 PTR Texas Member of the Year
  • Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2008
  • Volunteer Recognition from Dallas Parks and Recreation
  • Nova Charter Recognition of Appreciation
  • 3 time Master Clinician of the Year USTA Texas Section
  • USTA School Tennis Enthusiast of the Year 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bert Cole, 2018 USTA Foundation National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) Founders’ Service Award. NJTL Founders Service Award Video