Special from Scholarship for Athletes
Ross Greenstein, CEO of Scholarship For Athletes, will be interviewing tennis coaches from schools all across the country. In this first installment, Ross sits down with Gordie Ernst, men's and women's tennis coach at Georgetown University.
Gordie Ernst is entering his third year as the head men's and women's tennis coach at Georgetown University.
From 1998 to 2000, Ernst was the head men's tennis coach at the University of Pennsylvania where the team earned significant wins over Ivy League rivals Brown, Dartmouth and Yale. While in Philadelphia, Ernst coached the Quakers' No. 1 player, Fanda Stejskal, to the NCAA Tournament and helped the No. 2 player, Ryan Harwood, to "Regional Rookie of the Year" honors. Ernst also instituted the "Friends of PENN Tennis", the program's fund-raising branch.
During the 1997-98 academic year, Ernst was the assistant men's tennis coach at Northwestern University, helping the Wildcats to a ranking as high as 13 ranking in the national poll. NU also made an appearance in the Big Ten Conference Championship, losing to Illinois in the Big Ten Finals.
Ernst is a 1990 graduate of Brown University, where he was a two-sport standout for the tennis and hockey teams. Despite being a 10th-round draft pick of the Minnesota North Stars of the National Hockey League, Ernst chose to stay on the hardcourt and spent almost four years as an ATP Tennis Professional, where he competed in over 15 states and six countries. In 2000, Ernst was inducted into the Cranston, Rhode Island Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 2003 he was inducted into the Rhode Island Interscholastic League Hall of Fame.
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