Peter Smith Picks Up National Recognition

    USPTA President Tom McGraw presented Peter Smith with his Coach of the Year award.
    Aug. 25, 2014

    The United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) has selected USC head coach Peter Smith for high honors once again. In a ceremony held August 23 in New York, the USPTA announced Smith as College Coach of the Year -- the second such honor for the championship-prone Trojan leader.

    After leading the Trojans to their fifth NCAA Championship in six seasons, Smith was again tabbed by the USPTA for its highest coaching accolade. Smith last won the award in 2011 after the Trojans captured their third consecutive national championship. USC's 2014 title would bring the university its 100th NCAA Championship while pulling Smith into the realm of USC's second-winningest coach in program history. He follows George Toley, who won 10 national championships at Troy.

    A the 2014 USPTA event, Smith was joined by 15 other honorees, including Tyler Junior College head coach John-Paul "Dash" Connell, who shared the 2014 College Coach of the Year award with Smith. The USPTA honored those who stand out and go above and beyond in all aspects of the tennis industry. USPTA, the world's oldest and largest association of tennis-teaching professionals, recognized tennis coaches, industry leaders and volunteers during its annual national awards presentation at the Tennis Teachers Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York.

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