The first executive director of the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College has resigned. City officials confirm Executive Director Tom Daglis has submitted his resignation effective July 19.
“Tom plans to be with us until July 19. I will meet with him next week when he returns from vacation and determine our plans for a transition,” says City Manager Sammy Rich.
Daglis’ resignation comes at a surprise time. Consider:
- The tennis center marks its third anniversary next month off the Armuchee Connector and Old Dalton Road.
- Six indoor courts are on the way after the city of Rome worked with some financing options to find $5 million. The initial tennis center cost more than $11 million and was funded as part of a extra one-cent tax. It features 54 regulation courts and 12 courts lined for those 10 and under.
- Berry College recently confirmed plans to build a hotel adjacent to the tennis center; a “flag” or brand for the hotel is still in the works.
- And the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s and women’s tennis championships return this spring after a successful event in Rome in 2017.
Here’s Daglis’ bio from when his hiring was announced in April 2016:
Daglis will oversee the strategy, operations, staff, finances and culture of Rome Tennis Center at Berry College and Downtown Tennis Center. He is responsible for establishing the organizational culture and operating principals of the center while increasing the center’s visibility to grow the number of competitive tournaments offered.
As the Director of the USTA Professional Tennis Management Certification program offered at Berry College, Daglis will oversee the PTM program which is a four-year academic and experiential/work program and is one of only a handful sponsored by USTA nationally.
Daglis is a career tennis professional with a wealth of credentials and accolades. He is a certified USPTA Master Professional, a distinction shared with only 155 USPTA Master Professionals worldwide. He was recognized in 2006 with the Alex Gordon USPTA National Professional of the Year, twice recognized as USPTA Georgia Professional of the Year, Maryland Professional of the Year, Southern Professional of the Year and Mid-Atlantic Professional of the Year and is a member of USPTA Southern Hall of Fame.
Daglis has served as president for the USPTA Southern Division, the association’s largest division where he instituted new policies and programs to realize a dramatic growth in membership and completed his term leaving the financial condition the strongest in the history of the division.
Daglis most recently completed a four-year term as the USPTA National President where he opened a USPTA China Division and instituted a plan for mandatory education for USPTA professionals.
“After our national search process to find the ideal candidate to lead our tennis efforts, I am extremely confident that Tom Daglis is an excellent fit and has the right skill set to take our tennis efforts to unprecedented levels as we seek to build a world class tennis facility here in Rome,” said Rome City Manager, Sammy Rich. “
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