WHITTIER, Calif. – After an intensive three-month search, Executive Director of Athletics Robert Coleman announced Monday that Benjamin Belletto is the new Director of Tennis and Head men's tennis coach at Whittier College.
"After conducting an extensive national search through an excellent pool of national candidates, Ben was our first choice. He has the energy, competitiveness and drive to move Whittier's tennis programs into the next level," explained Coleman.
After a successful ten year tenure at Pomona-Pitzer where he headed the men's tennis program, Belletto will now don the Purple & Gold this upcoming season inheriting a men's tennis program that finished No. 21 in the ITA National Rankings this past season. He will have All-SCIAC performers David Konstantinov and Chris Schommer leading the squad into 2014.
While at Pomona-Pitzer, Belletto coached 13 All-American selections, 25 All-SCIAC performers, saw Pomona-Pitzer named an ITA Academic All-American team from 2004-2012, had a nationally ranked program every year since 2007, which included a Top 10 finish in 2010 and four consecutive Top 20 finishes from 2010-2013. In 2011 and 2012 his teams earned a selection into the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championships.
"I'm really excited to have this opportunity at Whittier. The men's program has been on the rise in the past couple of years and is ready to take the next step. The women's program has been improving every year and is an exciting new challenge. I love the opportunities we have here at Whittier to compete at the highest level and train to become the best. I can't wait to get started in our quest for a National Championship. I'm thrilled to be a part of a dynamic and motivated department," Belletto stated.
While coaching at Pomona-Pitzer he taught courses within the Athletic department including advanced tennis and squash and in 2012 was a Southern California Section Captain for the Pacific Cup coaching a group of boys and girls ages 12-18 in a round robin tournament that took place in Beaverton, Oregon.
Prior to coaching at Pomona-Pitzer, Belletto coached the Piedmont High School men's tennis team in 2001 where they earned a Bay Shore Athletic League Conference Championship.
Belletto graduated from Saint Mary's College of California in 2001 obtaining a B.A. in Politics before grabbing his M.A. in Physical Education from Azusa Pacific University in 2009.
During his time at Pomona-Pitzer he performed numerous duties within the Athletic Department including being the Sports Information Director and Assistant Sports Information Director from 2003-2013, while being an Events Coordinator overseeing game day operations for football, volleyball, and men's and women's basketball.
He currently serves as the Co-Director of the UC Santa Cruz Nike tennis Camp and was an instructor at the same camp from 1998-2002. He published an article called The importance of College Tennis Culture published on www.tennisrecruiting .net and presented at the ITA Coaches Convention a presentation on Team Culture.
Since 2008 Belletto has served on four committees including:
- ITA Division III Men's Tennis National Ranking Co-Chair (2010-Present)
- ITA Division III Men's Tennis West Region Ranking Chair (2008-2011)
- NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Committee Chair (2010-2011)
- NCAA Division III Men's Tennis West Region Advisory Committee Chair (2008-2011)
"Ben has demonstrated his commitment to helping student-athletes succeed academically, athletically and socially. I am looking forward in working with Ben and striving for the continued success of our tennis programs under his leadership," stated Coleman.
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