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Real World: Kean Feeder of Boise State
by Annette Broersma
, 22 September 2011
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After graduating from Boise State University in 2009, Kean Feeder moved back to Oregon where he worked in the corporate finance department at IBM. After working at that position he realized that he wanted to be more 'active,' so he moved to Irvine, CA to become a coach at the Advantage Tennis Academy. He found that teaching and helping develop tennis players was his great passion.
Former Boise State
player Kean Feeder
courtesy, Boise State Athletics
A year later, Feeder moved back home to Oregon, where he became a partner at The Leong Tennis Academy
(LTA). He enjoys developing juniors into great players.
Feeder is the subject of our latest installment of The Real World of College Recruiting with recruiting expert Annette Broersma. These real stories should help potential recruits better understand the road ahead.
Broersma talks with Feeder about what he has learned about college tennis and the recruiting process from the player's point of view.
Annette Broersma (AB): Did you play all four years at Boise State? What number(s) did you play?
Kean Feeder (KF): I was injured for 3 of the years I was there, but when I played my last year I played #1 and #2 singles, and #1 doubles.
AB: What were your national junior rankings prior to college?
KF: My highest junior ranking was #3 in the 16s and #2 in the 18s. My highest ranking on the ATP Tour was #520 - when I was seventeen years old.
AB: What was your practice/play schedule prior to college? And during college?
KF: Prior to college, I would get up in the morning before school and have an hour private lesson. Then in the afternoon I would drill or play a match; then I would do my off court training.
During college it changed but for the most part we would hit from 3:00pm-6:30pm, from 6:30-7:45 we had weights and fitness.
AB: Would you have preferred more, or less, practice/play time in college?
KF: I feel my hitting schedule in college was perfect. I was used to hitting more, but at college you do not have a lot of time during the day so you have to make sure your time on the court is quality time.
AB: What did you think of your conference: were most of your matches close by? What was it like playing at those locations?
KF: Our conference was the WAC, competition wasn't really strong but we did have some great players that could play a high level of tennis. Some matches were close but a lot of matches were unevenly matched. The locations we played at where very nice but sometimes we would have to deal with a hostile environment - meaning the crowd.