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USPTA Names New Lead Platform Tennis Coach Developer

LAKE NONA, FL, January 20, 2023 — With the growth of Platform Tennis over the past several years, especially coming out of COVID, the USPTA recognizes the need to keep up with that surge in interest by certifying USPTA professionals in Platform Tennis. Michael Cochrane has agreed to serve as the new lead Coach Developer for USPTA Platform Tennis.

In this new role, he will be coordinating Platform Tennis certifications throughout USPTA divisions where Platform Tennis is vibrant and where the Association has other Platform Tennis testers/CDs in place to deliver these certification exams. In those areas where the USPTA does not have a CD in place, Mike will conduct certifications for those that need USPTA Platform Tennis certification. As he travels the country to play in various Platform Tennis events, he will add on to his trip to conduct a certification day in that market.

Mike has been one of the most influential platform tennis players and teaching professionals in the sport for the last 30+ years. He won the APTA Men’s Open National Championships in 2007 and was a finalist two prior. Not only has he served on the APTA Board of Directors for two years (2006-2008), but he also co-founded the Master Athletics/Viking Academy over 25 years ago, has been the Director of Platform Tennis at such reputable clubs as the Country Club at Fairfield, Brooklawn Country Club and is currently at the Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, PA.

“Mike knows anyone and everyone in the game today. There is no one better to represent our association in the Platform Tennis community than Michael Cochrane,” said John Embree, USPTA CEO. “I have total confidence in his ability to make a huge difference in USPTA Platform Tennis certifications.” “I am extremely excited and humbled to be working with the USPTA as the Lead Coach Developer for Platform Tennis certifications,” said Michael Cochrane. “I have been educating players and coaches in platform tennis for over 20 years and look forward to bringing my knowledge of the game to the USPTA, their members, and professionals who are looking to strengthen their resume with this sought-after discipline.”

 

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