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2008 Inductee David Haggerty

December 10, 2007 05:41 PM

Dave Haggerty has deep roots in tennis in Mercer County and beyond, as he has traveled the world over during his lifelong career in tennis.  As an internationally recognized and influential leader in the corporate tennis community and in the national volunteer corps, Dave has been involved in virtually every aspect of tennis - as a player, a teaching professional, a volunteer, and an industry leader. He is truly a tennis Renaissance man.

The youngest son of Dan Haggerty, a tennis pioneer in Mercer County and 2000 inductee in the Mercer County Tennis Hall of Fame, Dave began playing tennis at age six. He excelled on the tennis court and grew to be a nationally ranked junior player and an All-American at George Washington University (Washington, D.C.) playing the #1 singles position for three of four years. And earlier this year, he was inducted into the George Washington University Athletic Hall of Fame. After college, Dave played the professional satellite circuit for a few years and then returned to Mercer County as a teaching professional and Director of Tennis at the former Hamilton Tennis Club.

Dave Haggerty began his career in the tennis industry with Prince in 1980 as Product Manager of Accessories and he worked his way up to General Manager before taking a position at Dunlop as the President of Racquet Sports. Dave was 37 years old at the time and the youngest person ever to be appointed as president of a racquet sports company.  He moved to Head in 1998, serving as General Manager and President of Head/Penn Racquet Sports before becoming CEO of Head’s U.S. business. Since 2002, Dave has served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Head USA and Penn Racquet Sports. 

Parallel with his professional career, Dave has established himself as a dedicated volunteer – always finding time to give back to the game, serving in many volunteer positions at the section and national levels over the years. He began a two-year term as a Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors in January 2007, and he is a member of the USTA Budget and Strategic Planning Committees.  He serves as Board Liaison to the Community Tennis Council–Green Group and he was Chair of the USTA Section Marketing and Public Relations Committee in 2005-06.  He started a two-year term as Tennis Industry Association (TIA) President in January 2007.  Closer to home, Dave served for six years on the Board of Directors, USTA Middle States Section. 

Dave is still an active tennis player.  A former Cryan Tournament champion in singles and doubles, he was nationally ranked in singles and doubles in the 45-and-over age division in 2004 and 2005. 

Dave Haggerty lives in Pennington with his wife, Patti, and five children.


George Washington University

1979-80  Director of Tennis, Hamilton Tennis Club
1980-93  Prince Sports Group
1994-98  President, Dunlop/Slazenger Racquet Sports, U.S. Division
1998-present  President/CEO Head USA and Penn Racquet Sports
1998-2007  Member, SGMA Board of Directors
2000-present  Executive Officer, Head N.V.
2001-2006  Member, MSTA Board of Directors
2007-present  Member, USTA Board of Directors
2007-present  President, Tennis Industry Association

1974 & 1975  Bucks County Courier Times Athlete of the Year Tennis
1975   Pennsylvania State High School Doubles Runners-Up
1977    George Washington University MVP Tennis
1978   George Washington University MVP Tennis
1978 & 1979  Atlantic 10 Singles Champion
1977 & 78 & 79 Atlantic 10 Conference All-Team
1979   George Washington University MVP Tennis
1983   Prince President’s Award
Dec 1991  Benetton Sportsystems Distinguished Service Award
1995   Dunlop/Slazenger Racket Sports Managing Director of the Year Award
Dec 1999  Tennis Buyer’s Guide Top 10 Tennis Executives of the Decade
2001   Head NV Country of the Year Award
Feb 2008  George Washington University Athletic Hall of Fame Induction