Where Are They Now?
One Thing That is Constant in This World: Change
by Ross Greenstein, 3 July 2014
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Last month, more than ten Division I women's tennis head coaching jobs were open. New coaches were needed at schools such as Pepperdine, Syracuse, Oregon, TCU, Yale, Davidson, Bowling Green, Kansas State and N.C. State. These jobs are being filled by other Division I head coaches, which means more jobs will open, creating a ripple effect in Division I women's tennis. If we take the men into account, there will be dozens of new Division I tennis coaches before the summer is over.
This "coaching carousel" is important for many reasons. Most importantly, current high school athletes need to understand the "business" they will be entering into. Recruits who realize that the chances of keeping the same coach for four years are dicey can make better decisions during the recruiting process. Recruits should look beyond the head coach as a top priority when choosing a college. Most importantly, these changes should help emphasize that athletes need to be choosing schools they would be happy attending if the coach were to leave.
Another important factor influencing the "coaching carousel" is the student athletes currently on the team. These are just like the employees at a company. Just because the boss leaves does not mean the employees will leave. This is why it is essential that high school student athletes build strong relationships with their future teammates and choose universities where they like the players on the team.
To give you some perspective... there's an average of 10 girls on each women's team. If there are 20 coaching changes, then there are 200 girls impacted by those moves. At that rate, 800 college tennis players would be affected by a coaching change over the course of four years. The impact could be even deeper when you consider that many athletes transfer schools after a coach leaves.
In a nutshell, if you think your coach will never leave, you are likely mistaken. This is a business, which means good coaches take jobs that offer them better deals while others get fired for under performing. This is why it's so important to choose a school that you would attend even if you were not an athlete. Your happiness is paramount, and it will play a huge factor in the quality of your college experience.
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About Ross Greenstein
Ross Greenstein is President and CEO of
Scholarship for Athletes,
an independent consulting firm that assists high school athletes and
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process. He is a graduate of the University of Florida where he played
NCAA division one tennis and made the SEC all-academic team. He was
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