Spring Signing Week '14: Maese Commits to Boise State
by Ali Jones
, 18 April 2014
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After almost a year of international competition and intense tennis training, Daniel Maese decided to return home to Highland Park, a suburb surrounded by the city of Dallas, Texas.
As his senior year was quickly coming to a close, Maese had to give up his tennis activities momentarily so that he could focus on his academics.
It was while he was home and working out at Royal Oaks Country Club that Coach Kathi Eckel suggested he check out Boise State. She knew the program and its longtime coach, the legendary Greg Patton.
Three months after the initial contact was made with Boise, the four-star Texan verbally committed to Coach Patton's Broncos, and plans to join the team in Spring 2015.
"I got to meet the whole team, talked to the coach for several hours, and looked at the program online," Maese said. "Coach Patton told me a lot about himself and I really like the guy. I see myself playing there. I think it'll be a good thing."
Patton, as a national junior coach early in his career, worked with Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, Michael Chang and Mal Washington. At Boise State, he has led the university to seven NCAA Tournament appearances in the past eight years and six conference titles since the beginning of his second tenure in 2003.
"I have a great deal of respect for Greg and what he stands for on the court and off - integrity, effort, and camaraderie," said Coach Eckel, who has worked with Maese for many years. "I wanted Daniel and all my players to play under coaches who hold the respect of others and who in turn teach that to their players."
Eckel emphasized the close-knit "family atmosphere" of Patton's team and believes that Maese will thrive under his tutelage.
"Daniel, as most players, responds well to positive coaching, and you won't meet too many coaches as positive as Greg Patton!" Eckel said.
With Eckel's endorsement and his own research, Maese decided that Boise and Coach Patton were a perfect fit for him.