Instagram_round1   Facebook_Round1   Twitter_round1



Bluffton's Robert Brown Recognized as Starfish Award Finalist

August 4, 2009 03:29 PM
Robert BrownBluffton High School varsity tennis coach Robert Brown has been recognized in the August 2009 issue of Raquet Sports Industry as one of ten finalists for the 2009 USTA Starfish Award. The award honors high school tennis coaches across the country who implement a “no-cut” policy for their team.

Coach Brown has been coaching tennis for over fifteen years, most recently at Bluffton High School in Bluffton, SC. He currently coaches over 40 players with numbers growing every year. Robert Brown also serves as Jr. Team Tennis coordinator in the Bluffton, Beaufort, and Hilton Head Island areas.

When asked about the no-cut policy, Brown says, “It’s simple. It is an iron clad policy. You come, you play. We will find every child a place and if they want to fly to the moon, we’ll provide the rocket ship, they bring the energy supply.”

Coaches eligible for the award must be registered with the USTA as a No-Cut Coach, have coached for a minimum of ten years, and have at least 25 players on their team. The Starfish Award began in 2005 and honors a male and female coach each year. This year’s national winners will be recognized at the 39th annual USTA Tennis Teachers Conference on Sept. 1 in New York City.

The USTA has recognized more than 2,800 coaches who implement a no-cut policy, giving more than 102,000 high school students the opportunity to play. Register for free as a no-cut coach today and find more information at You will receive the USTA benefit package and exclusive coaching resources.