aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and
believe in, and it will come naturally.” (David
Jeff Bloomberg began doing what he loved and believed in around
1983 when he initiated the Northern Hills Open.
Years before that, Jeff, a Huron, South Dakota born-and-raised
boy, received his BS from SDSU (1976) and his Jurist Doctorate
from USD (1978). He then moved to the northern Black Hills to
practice law. And do tennis!
Jeff was tournament director for a number of years for the
Spearfish and Sturgis tournaments. His real tennis creativity
emerged in 1984 with the Norwest Black Hills Tennis Grand Prix,
a tournament in the northern Hills that included the Rapid City,
Hill City and the Edgemont/Hot Springs areas. It was Jeff’s
inspiration to inaugurate the similar, popular Asfora South
Dakota Grand Prix, which existed for several years. This
sponsored tournament rewarded players for participating in the
many state tournaments by creating a cumulative point system.
Earning Asfora Grand Prix points made the summer tournament
circuit very exciting.
Always a visionary, Jeff started the Capitol City Open in 1997,
founded the Pierre Tennis Association in 1998, co-founded the
South Dakota Tennis Association in 1999 and served as its
President until 2006.
Having three talented daughters; Hana, Emily and Nellie,
involved in tennis, Jeff added to his resume the title Assistant
Coach for the Pierre Girls High School team in 2002. He took
over the helm in 2006 and has led his teams to two ESD
Championships, one ESD Runner-up, and took each of 3rd,
4th and 5th places at the state
tournament. His compiled dual record (so far!) is 89-49.
On a broader scope, Jeff became a certified USTA Official and
served in that capacity at different tennis events. He won the
respected 2000 USTA Northern Wolfenson/Ratner Community Service
Award. Down yet another tennis avenue, Jeff served on the USTA
Northern Community Development Council for eight years and on
the USTA Northern Board of Directors for two years.
Becky Cantellano, USTA Northern Director of Programs and
Services, said of Jeff: “There are not many people that are able
to make an impact on a community, state, and regional level the
way Jeff has. In my visits to Pierre, it was evident that he
has gained respect for all the work he puts in coaching and with
the tennis association. He was instrumental in securing USTA
grant funding for Griffin Park in Pierre, and I feel that it is
one of our section’s best outdoor tennis facilities. He also
was the catalyst behind a tournament there that brings together
high school and college teams, which is such a great bridge for
keeping kids involved in the game after they graduate into
Goldammer, USTA Northern Executive Director, added, “Having
known Jeff for 15 years now, I can safely say that he is one of
the most passionate, hard working, progressive minds in
community tennis. He leads by example and has never been afraid
to do what’s right for the growth of the game.”
“Big thinking precedes great achievement,” said
Wilferd A. Peterson, author of The Art of Creative
Thinking. Jeff states his
greatest accomplishment was the 2000-2009 multi-phased project
with the city of
Pierre where seven aged courts were replaced with eight courts
in a beautiful new facility.
Jeff’s involvement in state government has had a lasting impact
on SD. He started in Butte County as deputy states attorney in
1979-1980. By 1994 his legal work as Lawrence County states
attorney led him to being named to Governor Bill Janklow’s
cabinet as Secretary, Department of Corrections (1995-2003).
From 2003-2006 Jeff was general counsel for the SD Bureau of
Personnel. 2006-2010 he was commissioner of the Bureau of
Administration. He is currently general counsel for the SD
Bureau of Personnel, chief legal adviser on human resource
issues for state government.
The citizens of all of South Dakota
have benefited from Jeff’s legal expertise for many years….but
tennis players for sure are glad he likes to hit the “court.”