Carol Cohen Hands Racquet to Alan Klein
The Montgomery County Tennis Association (MCTA), a community affiliate of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), announced the selection of Alan Klein of Potomac as the new President and Chairman of its 6000 player organization beginning January, 2014. Klein, who has served as MCTA Treasurer for 10 of his 11-year MCTA Board tenure, will assume the top position from Carol Cohen, a key person in growing tennis and league play in Montgomery County since the early 1990s. Cohen will continue as a Board member and lend her invaluable knowledge and support to countywide tennis programs.
As she leaves office, Cohen shared the following statement: “I have been privileged and honored to serve our vibrant, robust and growing community of tennis players and tennis volunteers. I will be forever grateful for this opportunity and I’m humbled by the trust the tennis community placed in me. I thank everyone I’ve worked with including Board members, captains, professionals, players, our staff, representatives of tennis facilities, and our numerous partners for the greatest adventure of my life. “
Klein, an officer and business executive in the pharmaceutical industry for the past 23 years, looks forward to his new role. “I wish to thank Carol Cohen for the remarkable job she has done in this role and I look forward to working with the many tennis community stakeholders to improve opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn and play the game,” he said. ”Tennis is a positive lifestyle event and not just a sport or hobby.”
Klein’s strategic plan for community tennis includes creating more opportunities for youth and adults to learn and play the game at the introductory level, working with public and private stakeholders to create more access to year-round tennis facilities, and engaging the tennis community to invest in the growth of the sport at the grassroots level.
Klein’s MCTA volunteerism also includes captaining many teams, some of which have won their league divisions and advanced to USTA-sponsored national tournaments. He is an advocate for team sports and believes the benefits prepare people for the challenges in everyday lives. Both Klein and Cohen feel MCTA not only provides opportunities for league play but is also a force in the community, striving to help others through a sport that has given so much to so many.
For more information about MCTA, please check our website: www.mctatennis.org.