Dec. 12, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Head women's tennis coach Dean Clower has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 USTA/ITA Intermountain Section Campus and Community Outreach Award, one of college tennis' most esteemed awards. Francie Barragan (Methodist University) and Dwayne Hultquist (Florida) were selected as the National winners of the award.
"Our staff is extremely passionate about the community here in Laramie," said Clower. "There is a reason why we were second in the NCAA a year ago in attendance because we love what we do in regards to the community and the support they show us. We all feel it is so important to give back in return what they give to us. Since arriving almost seven years ago we have grown tremendously in numbers and support for the Cowgirls and tennis at UW."
The USTA/ITA National Campus & Community Outreach Award is presented this year to one men's and one women's college coach who provides a leadership role in increasing tennis participation throughout his or her community, both on and off campus. Among the USTA/ITA partner programs available to assist coaches in giving back are Campus Kids' Days, Kids 10 and Under, Campus Showdowns and Tennis On Campus.
The University of Wyoming Varsity Tennis Complex was selected as the 2012 Intermountain Section Organization of the Year, while Clower was also named the Wyoming Volunteer of the Year. This award is given annually to Wyoming District's Volunteer of the Year to recognize his or her outstanding contributions, personal unselfishness and devotion to the game.
The University of Wyoming has hosted a number of junior and adult USTA tournaments including the USTA Wyoming District JTT Championships, the USTA Wyoming District Adult, Senior League Playoffs and the Fall Mixed Doubles. They have supported the UW Club Tennis Team and hosted a Tennis On Campus match. They are also a registered Campus QuickStart site - one of only 30 currently registered Campus QuickStart Programs in the US. More recently, they welcomed the Wyoming Junior Championships and the Adult Winter Championships in the fall of 2012.
"I can't thank my staff enough for what they do to support the community and all of the events we run here as it could not be done without them. I feel this award should be given as a team effort because there is no way I could do this alone. Also, I'd like to thank all the Laramie community for the support of the game of tennis; it seems the passion for tennis has caught fire in town and across the state. Last, thanks to the administration for giving us the support to be able to run these events and the means to help us give back to the Laramie community."
Clower is in his third full season as the Director of Tennis and Head Coach of the Cowgirl program and seventh overall. He has an overall record of 24-20 and 9-6 in Mountain West Play.