Tempe, AZ – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) is pleased to announce its Board of Directors for terms starting July 1, including the welcoming of new members. These individuals, distinguished and passionate tennis volunteers, will contribute greatly to the continued success of the ITA and college tennis, and will each begin their new term of service on July 1st of this year. 

These new Board members will include Jaco Keyser, Richard Walsh, and Lopa Zielinski, who all bring unique perspectives of the tennis ecosystem to the ITA Board. All three of these individuals will serve a two-year term as they join the ITA Board of Directors Class of 2026. 

Additionally, Eric Roedl has also been appointed as a Special Advisor to the ITA Board of Directors. He will serve a one-year term, as stated in the ITA By-Laws, and will provide the ITA with great knowledge of the broader collegiate athletics landscape. 

Several previous ITA Board members have been re-elected to serve future terms including, Trish Riddle (Class of 2025), Timothy Russell (Class of 2025), Judy Van Horn (Class of 2025), Jon Vegosen (Class of 2025), Harold Edwards (Class of 2026), Shaheen Ladhani (Class of 2026), and Neel Grover (Class of 2027).

Of these re-elected members, several will continue to serve in leadership positions on the ITA Board of Directors. The following individuals will retain their leadership roles, Vegosen (Chairman of the Board), Russell (President), Grover (Vice President), Van Horn (Secretary), Edwards (Treasurer), and Ladhani (Investment Committee Chair), as the 2025 term commences. 

Current ITA Board members continuing their service in the Class of 2025 include, Leslie Allen, Josh Goffi, Peter Hurley, Shabbi Khan, Craig Morris, Claire Pollard, Fernando Sanchez, Paul Settles, and Vince Westbrook.

In addition, Special Advisors to the Board, Bill Knestrick and Steve Weissman, have been re-appointed for the 2025 term.

“Personally and on behalf of the ITA’s 1,250 member institutions, close to 1,800 varsity tennis programs, 3,000 coaches, nearly 20,000 student-athletes, 1,400 college tennis officials, and countess college tennis fans, I want to thank our astonishing ITA Board of Directors for their tireless leadership and support of our sport and Association,” said ITA CEO, Dr. Timothy Russell. “Given the complex, challenging, and ever-changing arena of college athletics, the world of higher education, and the evolution of the global tennis ecosystem, college tennis and the ITA are enriched by the insights, vision, and hard work of these committed and passionate volunteers.” 

The ITA Board of Directors was formed in 1979 to serve the needs of the coach membership and college tennis in its entirety. Comprising collegiate coaches, athletic directors, and prominent members in business, law, sport, media, and philanthropy, the ITA Board members capitalize upon their balanced and well-rounded set of viewpoints to help ensure the long-term sustainability of college tennis as one of the most vibrant college sports.

“While we still have much to do before this term ends on June 30, 2024, I want to express Tim’s and my deep appreciation to the following members of the ITA Board whose outstanding terms will be ending on June 30, 2024: Jill Fonte, Jennifer Hyde, and Eve Zimmerman Short,” stated ITA Chairman of the Board, Jon Vegosen. “It has been an honor to serve with each of them. I am pleased we have the opportunity to continue working with the returning Board members and Special Advisors, all of whom are very talented and passionate about college tennis. A hearty and warm welcome to the new members of the Board and a new Special Advisor. Each of them brings terrific backgrounds, experience, and perspectives that will enhance discussions and decisions in the Board room.”

Jaco Keyser

Pretoria, South Africa native Dr. Jaco Keyser has made the University of South Alabama his home away from home as he just completed his 22nd year as the Head Coach of Jaguar women’s tennis. In his 22 seasons in charge, he has the most wins in school history (350) and has appeared in the Sun Belt Conference title match 17 out of 22 years. Keyser currently holds a 350 – 149 overall record and is currently the longest-tenured coach in program history. Keyser was named head women’s tennis coach on July 31, 2002 after spending three seasons with the men’s tennis program as an assistant coach. A three-year letter winner on the South Alabama tennis team from 1994-97, Keyser was a member of three Sun Belt Championship teams and helped them advance to the NCAA Tournament each year. In 1995, the team reached the national quarterfinals at the NCAA Team Championships, the highest finish in school history. Dr. Keyser received his Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from the University of South Alabama in May 2016. He currently teaches within the Mitchell College of Business at the University of South Alabama as an adjunct professor. Dr. Keyser is married to Philippa Mackinlay – Keyser, and the couple has six-year-old twins named Maia and John.

Richard Walsh

As the co-founder and CEO of Madison Energy Infrastructure (MEI), Rich oversees all aspects of capital allocation and strategic initiatives for the company. Since the establishment of MEI, the team has successfully developed a diverse portfolio, investing over $1 billion in solar and storage projects spanning 25 states working alongside hundreds of commercial and industrial customers. Before co-founding MEI, Rich held pivotal roles in investment and advisory capacities within the clean energy sector. He spearheaded investments in solar and various energy projects across numerous state markets, catering to clients ranging from the Federal Government and Fortune 100 companies to public utilities and professional sports leagues. Rich actively engages in the energy industry and the community at large. He represented the US in the World Energy Council’s Future Energy Leaders Programme and he currently sits on the Board of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) NYC Chapter. He is a graduate of Samford University, where he studied Finance and Spanish and was captain of the Men’s Tennis team. When he is not working, Rich enjoys playing tennis, golf, snow skiing, and traveling. He currently resides in New York City with his wife Carly and daughter Mary Haynes.

Lopa Zielinski

Lopa P. Zielinski is Managing Director, Corporate Secretary and General Counsel, Corporate Governance, US/Americas at HSBC, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations. She is a member of the US Executive Committee and separately a member of the Global Corporate Governance Executive Committee. She has over 22 years of legal experience, with an extensive background and wide range of experience in corporate governance, board counsel, and securities and financial regulation, including prior roles at TIAA, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc, and private law firms in NY and NJ. In 2017, Lopa was named to Ethisphere Institute’s Attorneys Who Matter list, in recognition of accomplishments in the legal field in furtherance of ethical business practice worldwide. In 2022, she was a recipient of the prestigious Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business award. In 2024, she received the Ascend Global Leaders A-list Award, in recognition of her leadership and demonstration of professional achievement and community advancement. Lopa received her LL.M. in securities and financial regulation from Georgetown University Law Center; her J.D. from New England Law, where she was a managing editor of the New England Law Review. She received her B.A. from Lehigh University where she was named twice to the All-Patriot League as a member of the NCAA Division I tennis team. Lopa currently is a Board member of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), Eastern Section and separately serves on the USTA National Grievance Committee. She is also a founding member and Board member of the Asian American & Pacific Islander Tennis Association.

Eric Roedl

Eric Roedl joined the Oregon athletics department as Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director in January 2012 and was elevated to Deputy Athletic Director in January 2016.  In this role, Roedl serves as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and assists the Director of Athletics with oversight of the day-to-day operations of the university’s 20-sport, $145M athletic program.  Roedl has oversight responsibility for business/financial operations, strategic and financial planning, human resources, contracts, information technology, and equipment operations. Roedl also provides leadership to the Ducks’ external operations units including ticket sales/operations, marketing, and fundraising which generate over $60M in revenues annually, assists with facility oversight and capital project coordination, and leads a variety of strategic initiatives for the department. Roedl serves in a leadership capacity on the Pac-12 Football and Men’s Basketball Working Groups and has previously represented Oregon and the Pac-12 Conference as a member of the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Tennis Committee, served on the board of the University of Oregon’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and is a past president of the College Athletics Business Management Association (CABMA). Roedl attended Villanova University as an undergraduate and served as a co-captain of the men’s tennis team while graduating summa cum laude.  Roedl also earned a master’s degree in sport administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and an MBA from The College of William & Mary. Roedl and his wife Nicole reside in Eugene with their three sons EJ, Ryan and Jake.

The ITA is the governing body of college tennis and a coaches association, both an advocate and an authority for the sport and its members. The ITA is committed to serving college tennis and returning the leaders of tomorrow while promoting both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community. The ITA, founded in 1956, is comprised of more than 2,000 men’s and women’s varsity tennis teams representing more than 1,250 institutions, 3,000 college tennis coaches, 1,400 college tennis officials, while administering numerous regional and national championships, and the ITA College Tennis Rankings for 20,000 college varsity student-athletes across five levels of play. The ITA also bolsters an industry-leading awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics, leadership, and sportsmanship. Keep up with all of the excitement around college tennis by visiting WeAreCollegeTennis.com and following the ITA on Facebook, Twitter (X), Instagram, TikTok, and LinkedIn.

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