TEMPE, AZ – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (“ITA”) is excited to announce the hiring of Jenna Kane and Elicia Smith to fill two newly-created positions on the ITA staff.
Jenna Kane will be joining the ITA team as the ITA Hall of Fame Manager and Marketing & Communications Coordinator. This position focuses on expanding the digital reach of the ITA Halls of Fame, while assisting the ITA Communications, Marketing & Advanced Media team to continue to grow the ITA and college tennis brand.
“I am excited and honored to be joining the ITA team,” stated Kane. “From a young age, tennis has played a significant role in my life and impacted me greatly. Because of this, I look forward to combining both my passion for the sport and my professional experience while serving as our sport and Association. I would like to thank everyone on the team for giving me this incredible opportunity.”
Kane brings extensive experience in collegiate athletics to the ITA staff, having spent time at Utah State, Northern Arizona, and Weber State since graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Communications during the spring of 2019. As a player at Utah State, Kane earned ITA, Mountain West, and USU Scholar-Athlete awards.
“This is a momentous occasion in the evolution of the ITA and our Halls of Fame,” stated ITA President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Timothy Russell. “For many years we have discussed a dedicated staff position whose responsibilities will include curating content and telling stories about the history of our sport,” he continued. “The position is made possible by the great work of Millie West and Tyler Thomson and the ITA Women’s Hall of Fame and its endowment, housed at The College of William and Mary. Their forward-thinking vision has left a legacy that will further advance our sport.”
For Elicia Smith, she will be joining the ITA team as the Community Manager. This position will focus on membership, reestablishing the ITA Alumni Network, and partnership activation at various national events throughout the year.
“I am thrilled about the opportunity to be joining the ITA team,” noted Smith. “I am so grateful for the ability to continue working in the sport I am passionate about and that has created so many opportunities for me. College tennis is an incredible environment unlike anything else I have experienced, and I am excited to connect and collaborate with all of the communities that make it as special as it is.”
After graduating from Florida State in the spring of 2019, Smith has since served as a USTA League Coordinator at the National Campus in Orlando, including managing Tennis on Campus which brings more than 250 club tennis teams to Orlando for a national tournament. Smith served as the Tennis On Campus Club President at FSU.
“I was very pleased with the number of outstanding candidates for the ITA Community Manager position,” said ITA COO David Mullins. “Elicia’s passion and enthusiasm for college tennis and her clear understanding of what was required to succeed in this role was evident throughout the interviewing process. Elicia will add many strengths to our very dynamic team and we are excited for her to join us during this critical time in collegiate athletics.”
Kane will begin with the ITA on April 1, while Smith is set to officially begin her position on March 13.
About the ITA – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) is the governing body and coaches association of college tennis, both an advocate and an authority for the sport and its members. Comprising 1,260 colleges and universities, 20,000 student-athletes, 1,700 varsity programs, 3,000 coaches, and 1,350 college tennis officials, the ITA empowers college tennis coaches at all levels to deliver vibrant tennis programs that are vital to their college communities and transformational to their student-athletes.