ORLANDO, Fla. – The United States Tennis Association today announced the six recent college graduates taking part in the USTA
Player Development Fellowship program this summer.
Williams College senior captain Leah Bush was selected for this year's program. Bush is the lone NCAA DIII former player invited to
participate in the USTA Player Develpment Fellowship this year.
Bush closed out her Williams career with an All-American honor in singles play and she was voted the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's
most improved senior player in NCAA DIII.
2019 Professional Coaching Fellows:
- Jaime Barajas, a former Mountain West Conference Player of the Year and now volunteer assistant coach at Utah State University.
- Leah Bush, a four-year letter-winner at NCAA Division III Williams College, where she was a part of its 2016-17 NCAA Championship team.
- Nick Castro, currently an assistant women's coach at the University of the Pacific and former player and Kinesiology major at Fresno State.
- Aslina Chua, a four-year player and pre-med major at Michigan State, where she played No. 1 singles as a senior.
- Rachel Pierson, a former singles and doubles All-American at Texas A&M, the first player in program history to earn singles and doubles
Performance Analytics Fellow:
- Kevin Huang, a recent materials and science engineering graduate from the University of Illinois.
The Fellowship program, which begins Monday and runs through the 2019 US Open, is structured to provide significant experiential training and opportunity
for independent research in the field of professional tennis coaching. The program is based out of the USTA National Campus at Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla.,
and includes traveling with a coaching mentor.