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Check Out a College Recruiting Showcase
Want a leg up on your high school tennis colleagues looking to compete
at the collegiate level? Try a college-recruiting tennis showcase. If
you're in a hurry or overwhelmed by an unforgiving tournament
schedule, a showcase is just the ticket. Usually no longer than two
days, it gets players quick exposure to dozens of college coaches on
site in a tournament-like environment.
About Dede Allen
is a world-renowned college recruiting expert who is intimately
familiar with both college and junior tennis. Allen was head coach of the
Wake Forest University women's tennis team for seven years, and she was
named ACC Coach of the Year in 1987. Since her college coaching days, Allen
served the USTA for over 14 years as Administrator for USA Tennis Junior
Competition and liaison to the NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA. Allen is the author
of three books on recruiting, including the USTA Guide for Prospective
, the recently-revised
Collegiate Guide for High School Tennis Players
the Collegiate Guide for High School Athletes
. Today, Allen presents
seminars throughout the country to prospective college tennis players.
Allen writes a periodic column at TennisRecruiting.net where she provides
advice and answers your questions. You can
submit a question to Dede for her
to answer directly - or in a future column.