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Talk, Talk, Talk ...
In politics, people say a lot of things to grab headlines in his bid
to win the election - regardless of whether it is true. We are all
guilty at times of delusional dialogue about ourselves and our goals -
and I have heard many bold statements from tennis players and parents.
I learned to become increasingly skeptical over the years. Think
critically about what you want to accomplish - and ask yourself if
what you are saying is truly what YOU desire.
College Tennis is for Losers
This article provides a sample of a conversation that has transpired
between former Oklahoma Head Coach Dave Mullins and many junior
coaches around the world when Mullins was on the recruiting trail.
Some of the quotes have actually come out of the mouths of many
coaches - and every college coach has heard these types of arguments
Fall Signing Week '16 : I Didn't Sign an NLI - Now What?
So you did not get the spot or the scholarship you had been hoping
for; maybe you turned down offers to wait for something else or you
may have found yourself not receiving any scholarship offers this time
around. I know this can feel quite disconcerting, and you may feel
like all is lost. I am here to tell you all is not lost, and that it
is all going to work out just fine for you.
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.