Home Boys' Lists Girls' Lists Men's Teams Women's Teams News Photos Contributors Links Help Sign-UpOnline Store
Latest News | Categories | Authors | News Archives
 
 

News & Features

College Feature
Talking with Bryant Coach Ron Gendron
Share:   

Ron Gendron is starting his eighth season coaching the Bryant University men's tennis team, and he has seen a lot of changes during his tenure. After several years in the NCAA D-II Northeast-10 Conference, Bryant reclassified to Division I for the 2008-09 season.

Now in the Northeast Conference, Bryant has had some success. The Bulldogs went 12-7 this past season, and 2012-13 marks the first season where Bryant will be eligible for post-season play.

Harry Cicma talked with Coach Gendron about his experiences coaching college tennis.

 

Questions and Answers

Harry Cicma (HC): How are things progressing in the world of Bryant University Tennis?

Bryant Head Coach Ron Gendron
courtesy, Bryant Athletics
Ron Gendron (RG): Our transition to Division I has been a great learning experience. Our women's program went undefeated in conference this year, and our men's program is 7-1 against conference competition over the last two years. We are looking forward to our first year of Division I competition in 2012-13. Recruiting has been very exciting. We have made a lot of new friends along the way.
 

HC: How do you get your team ready for the competition?

RG: Our preparation is very organized. Mondays are off days, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are skill days. Conditioning takes place every day with Fridays typically reserved for light hitting with opponent analysis. We try and maintain a disciplined schedule to allow the guys consistency to handle their academic commitments. This also allows the guys the ability to schedule labs, group projects, and for our upperclassmen, schedule various internships.

 

HC: What are your goals for the upcoming year?

RG: Every season's goal is to maintain a 3.0 team GPA. To be as prepared as possible for every match. And to compete to our highest ability and skill. Obviously our first shot at a Northeast Conference title will be exciting and challenging since there are some very solid programs in our conference. We look forward to competing at the highest level we are capable of.

 

HC: What are you most looking for during the recruiting process?

RG: Bryant University is a highly-competitive institution with a world class business program. I look for young men with interests in accounting, actuarial mathematics, finance and international business. Graduates of these majors experience over 97 percent job placement within six months of graduation. In addition to a concentration, we are also looking for young men who are looking for a private, well-established university located in the Northeast. Lastly, we are looking for hard workers who are prepared to sacrifice to help get our program to the next level.

 

HC: What is the most rewarding part of being a head coach at the Division I level?

RG: The relationships I have developed with the players and their families is very special. The time spent traveling and practicing creates a bond and builds friendships that will last a lifetime. Once a Bulldog, always a Bulldog.

 

Leave a Comment

 

More College Coverage

22-Aug-2014
Musings on Proposed ITA/NCAA Division I Format Changes
The ITA recently announced a number of changes to NCAA Division I competition starting this fall. The most notable changes are a move to "no-ad" rather than traditional scoring and shortening doubles from an eight-game pro set to one standard six-game set. These changes have been met with strong feelings on both sides, and there are many coaches and players on both sides of this debate. This article offers our thoughts - in the context of many other articles on the issue.

21-Aug-2014
ITA Announces New Division I Dual Match Format
The ITA will be inaugurating a new, shorter dual meet format for Division I college tennis beginning at the start of the 2014-15 season. Highlighting the format changes are switches to no-ad scoring from regular scoring, one set of doubles rather than an 8-game pro set and no warm-up with opponents.

24-Jun-2014
American Collegiate Invitational to Debut at US Open
When sixteen American collegians take the courts late in the second week of this year's American Collegiate Invitational at the US Open, they will enjoy the same perks and surroundings as professionals Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal. The college players will not share in the millions of dollars of prize money, but they can collect something the pros cannot - a guarantee of entry for the following year.

 
 College Coverage Index |   Subscribe

 

About Harry Cicma

When it comes to college tennis, Harry Cicma is your man. Cicma covers tennis and other athletic stories for NBC Sports, writing articles and producing video segments.

He is co-founder and host of World Tennis a weekly tennis show on NESN, and host of of Tennis Live Radio's College Corner.

Cicma competed as a junior in USTA/New England and went on to play college tennis at Rutgers University. As a professional, Cicma competed at the ATP Newport tournament and the San Jose Siebel Open. He reached a career-high #75 in the ATP doubles team rankings and #1262 in the ATP Entry System.

In media, Cicma has run the gamut. He has worked for NBC, CBS, ABC, ESPN, FOX Sports Net, the Tennis Channel, and World Team Tennis. Cicma has announced NCAA sports as well as the US Open Tennis Championships on both TV and radio.

 
 ATP PRO PLAYER GEAR GALLERY

Tommy Robredo

 
Click on Tommy Robredo to view and buy his equipment, apparel, and footwear.
 
RECENT COMMITMENTS
9/02 Eric Rutledge chooses Wake Forest
9/01 Ally McKenzie chooses St. Louis
8/31 Alex Ross chooses Vanderbilt
8/29 Gunther Matta chooses California
8/27 Kiersten Cox chooses Belmont Abbey
8/27 Risa Nakagawa chooses Georgetown
8/26 Victor Pham chooses Columbia
8/25 Alex Wittenbaum chooses Marian (IN)
8/24 Yuki Asami chooses Pacific
8/23 Sera Martorelli chooses Army

Full Listings: Boys' Commits & Girls' Commits

 
 THE LATEST FROM TENNIS EXPRESS
9/02 Enjoy great savings on adidas apparel for men and women! Shop here
9/01 Read up on @rogerfederer's weapon of choice, the Wilson Pro Staff RF 97 available now for pre-order
8/31 Get the low-down on what @RafaelNadal would of worn at the #USOpen
 
 
RECENT HEADLINES
ITA NEWS
 SCHOLARSHIP FOR ATHLETES
 
How Do You Feel About International Recruiting in College Tennis?
 
How Do You Feel About International Recruiting in College Tennis?
 

Page updated on Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Contact our web team with any corrections