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Countdown: Transitioning to College Tennis
During my 35 years coaching tennis at the high school level, I played
a key role in helping my players transition from junior tennis into
college tennis. I was highly successful, so many parents over the
years have asked me about my approach - and what I thought might be
the key factors to success.
What Every Player Should Know Before Joining a College Team
David Mullins spent sixteen years competing as a college tennis player
and coach at the highest levels. As he reflects on his career, he
notes that college tennis has changed dramatically since he first got
involved. Mullins talks about these differences - and offers a list of
the realities and expectations of college athletics to students and
One of the principles that college sports was founded upon is that of
amateur competition. In the eyes of all three collegiate governing
bodies, student-athletes participating in collegiate athletics should
be amateurs. Over the years, the line that defines amateur and
professional has become less clear. Recruiting expert Dede Allen takes
a comprehensive look at the issue.
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.