Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club professional receives ‘Pro of the Year’ award
The United States Professional Tennis Association, San Diego Division, held its annual meeting and awards dinner on Saturday, March 5, at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club professional Dophie Poiset received this year’s award as the “Pro of the Year.”
Poiset is a native San Diegan, and began playing tennis at age 8 at Morley Field. As a junior tournament player, Poiset became ranked in the top 10 nationally, and has several national titles to her credit. Poiset chose college over the international tour, and played #1 singles at San Diego State University. Poiset credits Ben Press, professional for 30 years at Hotel Del Coronado, with developing her as a player, and mentoring her as a young teaching professional.
Poiset began her professional teaching career at 18, giving group lessons to children for the San Diego Park & Recreation Department at Morley Field. Poiset says she worked her way through college giving tennis lessons for the recreation department, receiving a degree in history and education.
After college Poiset taught school for several years, then went back to her first love — tennis. Poiset has excelled at varied teaching and coaching endeavors. She worked at Ed Collins Tennis College for 10 years, was varsity women’s tennis coach at U.S. International University for two years, and coached the girls tennis team at Torrey Pines High School from 1982-84. In 1984 Poiset joined the professional staff at Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club as the director of the ladies & children’s programs and has been there in that position ever since — 27 years. Along with her teaching responsibilities,
Poiset also became manager of the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club in 2010. She oversees club operations, social programs, coordinates the women’s and children’s programs, and oversees maintenance of the 10 hard-courts and two clay courts.
Poiset thinks of herself as an “old fashioned” tennis pro. As a traditionalist, she emphasizes the importance of etiquette and sportsmanship above winning, and tries to help students learn to carry on the time honored traditions of tennis — polite behavior in manners and dress, courtesy and respect toward opponents.
Along with her professional responsibilities, Poiset donates her time to local tennis endeavors. She has served on the San Diego Division USPTA Board of Directors since 2003, and served two terms as president in 2009 and 2010. Poiset has represented the SD Division at USPTA national conferences for the past four years. As president of the hosting division, she helped organize & implement the speaker introduction schedule at the World Conference in La Quinta, Calif., last September. As division president, Poiset presided over a move forward for the San Diego Division in the hiring an executive director to professionally organize & manage our USPTA division.
Poiset is also currently serving as a board member on the San Diego Tennis Hall of Fame.
Poiset says she feels lucky in life to have found a career where it is a joy to go to work each day, and says she is truly honored to be selected this year’s United States Tennis Association “Pro of the Year.”
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