Verde Valley native earns USTA Southwest Community Volunteer of the Year

Mingus boys tennis Head Coach Larry Lineberry (right) gives one of his players advice during a practice last week. Lineberry was honored as the USTA Southwest Community Volunteer of the Year on February 19. (Photo by Greg Macafee)

Mingus boys tennis Head Coach Larry Lineberry (right) gives one of his players advice during a practice last week. Lineberry was honored as the USTA Southwest Community Volunteer of the Year on February 19. (Photo by Greg Macafee)

COTTONWOOD- Last Friday evening, February 19, Larry Lineberry, the new Head Coach for the boys tennis team at Mingus Union High School, was honored at the annual United States Tennis Association (USTA) Southwest/United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Southwest awards banquet.

Lineberry, a Mater Professional in the United States Professional Tennis Association, was honored as the 2015 United States Tennis Association Southwest Community Tennis Volunteer of the year for his contributions to the sport of tennis.

The newly appointed Head Coach for Mingus Union High School, is a past president of USTA North Arizona, a four-year member of the Southwest board of directors and has been responsible for raising over $25,000 through various events that benefit junior tennis across North Arizona since 2011.

One of those events, included a musical event with a performance from Grammy-award winning artist Bruce Hornsby in Flagstaff. That event secured a grant from the Verde Valley Medical Center to help allow children to participate in summer programs in Sedona.

Over the past six years, Lineberry's efforts have exposed the sport of tennis to nearly 1,000 grade school children per year in Flagstaff and Sedona.

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