Osseo High School assistant tennis coach Brian Rusche recently received recognition from the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) for outstanding participation in the association’s continuing education program.
Rusche, who coaches both the boys’ and girls’ tennis teams at Osseo Senior High and resides in Maple Grove, was awarded a Level II Certificate of Achievement in the association’s Career Development Program over the last year.
“We know that career development is vital to our tennis-teaching professionals and coaches,” said USPTA CEO John Embree. “That is why we are very proud to recognize members like Brian, who continue to improve their teaching skills.”
USPTA members work as tennis pros, coaches, and instructors at public and private tennis facilities around the country and serve as the primary delivery system of grassroots programs to grow the game of tennis.
In addition to coaching at Osseo Senior High, Rusche also directs the Orioles Tennis Academy. This year, a record 67 teenagers are participating in the summer-long program at the Osseo High tennis courts.
“It’s nice to get a little recognition now and then because I am trying to improve my coaching in the same way I expect the Osseo players to improve,” said Rusche, who was awarded Section 5AA Assistant Coach of the Year in 2016 by the Minnesota High School Tennis Coaches Association. “The real reward is seeing how much our players enjoy the sport and have fun together.”
Founded in 1927, the USPTA is the global leader in tennis-teacher certification and professional development and is now the first and only USTA Accredited Association. With more than 14,000 members, the association’s mission is to raise the standards of tennis-teaching professionals and coaches and to promote a greater awareness of the sport.