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Know The Drill: Improving Your Approach and Net Game
by Rhiannon Potkey, 11 February 2021

No matter the age or experience level, drill work can help players improve their game and enhance their fundamentals. USC men's head coach Brett Masi shares his favorite drill for helping players get more comfortable coming to the net to close out points.

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Where Are They Now?
Countdown: Q&A with Alexandria Livingston of Saint Peters
by Harry Cicma, 5 November 2014

In 2010, Alexandria Livingston was a standout tennis player at Columbia High School in Maplewood, N.J., who had committed to Saint Peter's University. Fast forward four years, and Livingston has completed her college tennis career and graduated from Saint Peter's. Harry Cicma of NBC Sports recently talked with Livingston about her college tennis experience.

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Conversation with Tech Assistant Coach Derek Schwandt
by Harry Cicma, 31 July 2014

Georgia Tech Assistant Coach Derek Schwandt has done it all - a two-time All-Atlantic 10 player in college at Richmond, three years on the ITF futures and ATP challengers tour, and a top college assistant coach. Schwandt is also a coach of the USTA Collegiate National Team - a training program that helps top American college players transition to professional tennis. Harry Cicma of NBC Sports recently talked with Schwandt about all things tennis.

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Special Feature
One Thing That is Constant in This World: Change
by Ross Greenstein, 3 July 2014

This summer, more than a dozen major Division I men's and women's tennis head coaching jobs have changed hands. These jobs were filled by other head coaches, continuing the ripple effect. High school athletes, should be aware of this so-called "coaching carousel". Those who understand that the chances of keeping the same coach throughout a college career are dicey can make better decisions during the recruiting process.

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Quick Take with John McEnroe
If you look at the top American men on the professional stage, you'll notice a common thread - most of them played college tennis. One of their forerunners was John McEnroe, who attended Stanford for a year and won the NCAA singles title before moving on to the professional ranks. Harry Cicma of NBC Sports asked McEnroe a few questions with a college focus recently in New York.

Countdown: NCAA Stance on Prize Money
Over the past year, the NCAA has made concerted efforts to simplify many of its rules. Two of these changes impact amateurism rules for junior and college tennis players. Moving forward, junior and college tennis players can keep prize money from tournaments to cover "actual and necessary expenses." Our friends at Donovan Tennis Strategies comment on the recent rule changes.

SFA Interviews UCSB Head Coach Simon Thibodeau
Simon Thibodeau, head women's tennis coach at UC Santa Barbara sits down with Scholarship for Athletes to talk recruiting and coaching.

Spring Signing Week '13: NCAA Changes
The NCAA voted earlier this year to do away with many regulations on recruitment of prospective student-athletes. Some of these changes will go into effect this year, but many of the approved proposals are up for reconsideration and possible modification at the Division I Board of Directors meeting in Indianapolis on May 2.

Countdown: Double Coaching Duties
Recruits should consider many factors when determining what college and college tennis program best suits them. One important factor is the coach. Donovan Tennis Strategies delves into a somewhat common situation at programs in all three NCAA Divisions and in the NAIA - coaches who are the head coach for both the men's and women's programs. DTS asks coaches with dual responsibilities to outline the positive features of such an arrangement.

Conversation with Notre Dame Coach Bobby Bayliss
After 44 years coaching college tennis - the past 26 of those as head men's coach at Notre Dame - Bobby Bayliss plans to retire after the 2012-13 season. Bayliss, currently the winningest active coach in NCAA Division I tennis with 751 dual-match victories, has built the Irish into an NCAA contender with 21 appearances in the NCAA Championships over the past 22 seasons. Harry Cicma talked with Bayliss about his career.

SFA Interviews TCU Head Coach David Roditi
David Roditi, head men's tennis coach at Texas Christian University sits down with Scholarship for Athletes to explain what he expects from prospective student athletes during the recruiting process. He reveals the dos and donts of visiting schools and shares his personal coaching philosophies.

SFA Interviews Columbia Sophomore Ashok Narayana
Ashok Narayana is a sophomore at Columbia University who recently won the ITA Northeast Regional Doubles Title in New Haven, Conn. Narayana played No. 1 doubles for the Lions last season. Ross Greenstein of Scholarship for Athletes talked with Narayana about the transition from junior to college tennis - and the recruiting process.

Countdown: SFA Interviews Cal Poly Coach Nick Carless
Scholarship for Athletes talks with head coach Nick Carless from Cal Poly University, who explains how to navigate the college recruiting process. He offers advice to student athletes and their parents on when to start, how to proceed, and what to expect.

SFA Interviews Kentucky Senior Jessica Stiles
Jessica Stiles, a senior at the University of Kentucky who plays the No. 1 singles and doubles positions, talks about lessons learned between her junior and college tennis days. Ross Greenstein of Scholarship for Athletes shares a Q&A.

Conversation with Wesleyan's Mike Fried
Recently named head coach at Wesleyan University, Michael Fried adds tremendous experience to the Cardinals' staff. Fried, the No. 1 singles and doubles at Brown where he served as captain, worked extensively as a private coach at both the Macci International Tennis Academy and the Seguso-Bassett (now Evert) Tennis Academy. Donovan Tennis Strategies chats with Coach Fried about recruiting.

SFA Interviews Illinois St. Coach Cris James
Illinois State University men's tennis coach Cris James talks recruitment with Scholarship for Athletes. He explains his recruiting philosophy and advises incoming freshmen on the best ways to approach this process.

An Interview with Lisa Stone, The Tennis Mom Behind the Parenting Aces Blog
A banker, a stockbroker, a fitness instructor and tech-savvy entrepreneur, Lisa Stone has had a variety of experiences in her working life. Yet tennis has been a constant companion since her childhood in Louisiana, with her latest venture, the blog Parenting Aces, created in response to the challenges she and her husband faced in navigating the junior tennis world with their son Morgan.

The Target is Always the Top: An Interview with Florida Women's Coach Roland Thornqvist
Colette Lewis had an opportunity to talk with Florida Head Coach Roland Thornqvist in Athens, Ga. last month, just a few days after his team's 4-0 victory over UCLA in the final. In this question and answer segment, he reveals what he looks for in a recruit, how a bad year by Florida standards led to two NCAA team titles, and the one thing that college tennis needs.

Ten Questions with Fordham Coach Cory Hubbard
Fordham men's tennis coach Cory Hubbard has the Rams headed in the right direction. Hubbard, in his second year, took over a squad that posted a 6-12 record in the 2009-10 season. Fast forward to this year, where the Rams went 17-10 with three underclassmen all posting 20 or more singles wins. The future looks bright. IMG Academies' Scott Treibly sat down to talk tennis with Coach Hubbard.

Talking with UConn Senior Captain Dave Adams
Dave Adams stands tall at 6'6" tall, and the big right-hander just finished his college tennis career at the University of Connecticut. Team captain this past year, Adams played all three doubles positions over his career as well as positions 3 through 6 in singles. Harry Cicma of NBC Sports talked with Adams about the college recruiting process - as well as college tennis itself.

Todd Martin Embraces Teaching Role
Two-time Grand Slam finalist Todd Martin retired from the ATP tour in 2004, but he never left the game. Among other things, Martin has served as a coach to both Mardy Fish and Novak Djokovic, and he has competed on the two major senior tours. In the coming months, Martin plans to organize his own junior academy at a club in Florida. Colette Lewis recently had the chance to chat with Martin.

Interview with Emory Coach Amy Bryant
Emory University women's tennis coach Amy Bryant talks with Scholarship for Athletes about the college recruiting process. She offers suggestions to high school athletes about recruitment and explains how the transition into collegiate athletics should be handled.

Countdown: Interview with Tulane Coach Mark Booras
Scholarship for Athletes sat down with Mark Booras, the men's tennis coach at Tulane University. Booras shares what he looks for in new recruits and the challenges facing incoming freshmen.

Panel Discussion: Scheduling in the Spring (Part 2)
During the spring season, college tennis coaches have a lot of latitude in deciding their schedule. We asked several coaches: "What factors go into deciding who your team will play in the spring? Level of competition? Travel? Something else entirely?" This is the second installment of answers from tennis coaches.

Interview with University of Denver Coach Danny Westerman
Danny Westerman, the head men's tennis coach at the University of Denver talks with Scholarship for Athletes about the college recuitment process. He shares his coaching philosophy and offers advice to potential recruits as well as their families.

Panel Discussion: Scheduling in the Spring (Part 1)
During the spring season, college tennis teams play dual - or "team" - matches against other programs. For many teams that compete in athletic conferences, a number of these matches are predetermined, but coaches have a lot of latitude in deciding the full schedule. We put the following question to a number of coaches: "What factors go into deciding who your team will play in the spring? Level of competition? Travel? Something else entirely?"

Interview with David Geatz of Penn Men's Tennis
Scholarship For Athletes sat down with David Geatz, the newest men's tennis coach at the University of Pennsylvania. He provides some insight on what it takes to play at Penn and what he looks for in potential recruits.

Coach of Top Pros and Young Teens: An Interview with USTA National Coach Mike Sell
USTA Lead National Coach Mike Sell may have started playing tennis at the relatively late age of nine, but in the thirty years since, he has experienced just about everything the sport has to offer. A four-time All-American for the Georgia Bulldogs, Sell went on to play five years on the ATP tour before embarking on a career in coaching. Colette Lewis sat down with Sell at the Junior Orange Bowl to discuss all things tennis.

Conversation with Maryland Men's Tennis Coach Kyle Spencer
The University of Maryland has announced that it will eliminate eight athletics programs at the end of the 2011-12 year, including men's tennis. The university cited financial concerns behind the cuts, but has announced that student-athletes on eliminated teams have the option to continue receiving scholarship assistance for their remaining time at Maryland. Ross Greenstein from SFA talked with tennis coach Kyle Spencer about the unfortunate situation.

Talking with Brown's Cerretani
From 2000-2004, James Cerretani was a standout tennis player at Brown University, earning first-team All-Ivy honors four straight years while representing the Bears in three NCAA doubles tournaments and helping to lead the team to two NCAA team tournament berths. Cerretani now competes on the ATP tour, where his current world doubles ranking is No. 48. Harry Cicma talked with Cerretani about his tennis and his upcoming charity event in Providence, R.I.

Q&A with Case Western's Todd Wojtkowski
Todd Wojtkowski is now in his fourth year as the head tennis coach at Case Western Reserve University. Since his arrival, both Spartan tennis programs have established a new standard of play, bursting onto the national scene in NCAA Division III tennis. Harry Cicma of NBC Sports sat down with Wojtkowski to talk college tennis, recruiting, and coaching.

Fall Signing Week '11: Real World with Tennis Parent Mary Dizon
Mary Dizon is a full-time teacher and mother of four in Southern California. All of her children have played tennis - and two of them have gone on to play college tennis. Annette Broersma joins our Signing Week festivities by talking with Dizon about lessons learned during the recruiting process - in the latest edition of her "Real World" column.

Countdown: Talking with Texas Tech's Todd Petty
Last season, Todd Petty led the Texas Tech women's tennis team to it's second-highest win total in program history. The Lady Raiders' 18-8 record and No. 48 final ranking were good enough to earn Coach of the Year honors for Petty in the Big 12. Petty sits down with Ross Greenstein of Scholarship for Athletes to talk college tennis - coaching and recruiting.

Conversation with Wolverine Coach Ronni Bernstein
Ronni Bernstein, head coach of the University of Michigan women's tennis team, sits down with Ross Greenstein of Scholarship for Athletes. She advises prospective college athletes to do in depth research on tennis programs they are interested in, and lists all of the factors that must be taken into account when making a college decision.

Real World: Kean Feeder of Boise State
Kean Feeder played college tennis at Boise State - graduating in 2009. After a brief stint at IBM, he returned to tennis as a coach. He moved to California, where he coached at the Advantage Tennis Academy. He found that teaching and helping develop tennis players was his great passion. A year later, he moved back home to Oregon, where he became a partner at The Leong Tennis Academy (LTA). He enjoys developing juniors into great players.

Talking with Michigan State Coach Simone Jardim
Simone Jardim, the coach of the Michigan State Women's Tennis team, sits down with the Scholarship for Athletes team in this exclusive interview. She continually notes that passion and ambition to improve are the top things she looks for in recruits.

Q&A with Georgia's Manny Diaz
When Manny Diaz took over as head coach at the University of Georgia, his task was a daunting one. He followed the legendary Dan Magill, who put Georgia tennis on the map with two NCAA titles over 34 years. Diaz was able to uphold those traditions and then some - winning four NCAA titles while compiling a 533-114 record. Colette Lewis talks with Diaz about a wide range of topics.

Real World: Arizona State's Sheila McInerney
Arizona State Head Coach Sheila McInerney has led the Sun Devils to the NCAA tournament in 26 of her 27 seasons, making 18 Sweet Sixteen appearances. McInerney has been inducted into the ITA and Southwest Section Hall of Fame for her service to the tennis community and college coaching achievements. Recruiting expert Annette Broersma chats with Coach McInerney in today's article.

Conversation with Tulsa Assistant Thomas Liversage
Thomas Liversage is currently serving his second year as an assistant men's tennis coach at The University of Tulsa. Prior to joining Tulsa, Liversage was a player and assistant coach at the University of San Diego. The four-year letterwinner was a six-time All-West Coast Conference selection and an NCAA Championship participant in both singles and doubles. Read Liversage's conversation with Sammy Atri from Scholarship For Athletes.

Real World: Arizona Graduate Monique (Allegre) Walker
Monique Walker is a graduate of the University of Arizona in Tucson. She currently resides in the Phoenix area, where she has been a successful realtor since 2003. She is married to Chris Walker and is the mother of two young girls. Walker is the subject of today's installment of The Real World of College Recruiting with recruiting expert Annette Broersma. These real stories should help potential recruits better understand the road ahead.

Talking with Kenyon Coach Scott Thielke
Ross Greenstein of Scholarship for Athletes talks with Scott Thielke, head tennis coach at Kenyon College. Thielke emphasizes the need to evaluate universities at all levels - academically, athletically, and socially - in order to make the most educated decision on choosing a school.

Real World: Talking with Head Frog David Borelli
TCU women's coach Dave Borelli is the subject of today's installment of The Real World of Recruiting. Annette Broersma talks with the Hall of Fame coach about his coaching experiences and philosophies.

Talking with Rice Women's Tennis Coach Elizabeth Schmidt
Ross Greenstein of Scholarship for Athletes sits down with Elizabeth Schmidt, head coach of the the Rice University Women's Tennis Team. Schmidt talks about the challenging transition from junior to college tennis - and high school to college life.

Harry Cicma with Dartmouth's Bob Dallis
Harry Cicma of NBC Sports speaks with Bob Dallis, head coach of women's tennis at Dartmouth College. Dallis is in his 21st year as a Division I head coach - eight of those coming at Dartmouth. Dallis' squad is coming off a 16-6 season in 2010, and the 2011 edition is currently ranked #71. Cicma and Dallis discuss college coaching, recruiting, and much more.

Talking with Wisconsin Head Coach Brian Fleishman
Ross Greenstein of Scholarship for Athletes talks to Brian Fleishman, head coach of women's tennis at the University of Wisconsin. Fleishman notes the importance of being respectful and observant on official visits to universities.

Talking with Paul Settles, Head Coach of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Ross Greenstein and the SFA team chat with Paul Settles, Head Coach of Men's Tennis for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges. Settles reminds us that having good character, a passionate mentality, and a solid academic resume are overlooked, but highly crucial keys to successful recruiting.

Talking with Northwestern's Claire Pollard
Claire Pollard, the Northwestern Women's Tennis Coach, sits down with the SFA team. She emphasizes her philosophy of looking for players who show a high level of commitment and a desire to constantly work to improve their games.

From Player to Coach to Administrator: An Interview with Erica Perkins of the USTA
Erica Perkins of the USTA has experienced college tennis from the perspective of a player, a coach, and now as an administrator. Senior manager of junior and collegiate competition in the USTA's Player Development department, Perkins describes her responsibilities as "anything that pertains to college tennis within the USTA."

Conversation with Baylor Women's Tennis Coach Joey Scrivano
The Baylor Bears are one of the premier teams in women's college tennis. The 2010 season saw Baylor win their fifth straight Big 12 Title while posting a 30-3 record and reaching the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships. Ross Greenstein of Scholarship for Athletes got the chance to talk with Baylor Head Coach Joey Scrivano.

Talking with Arizona Women's Coach Vicky Maes
Ross Greenstein of Scholarship for Athletes talks to Vicky Maes, the University of Arizona Women's Tennis Coach. Maes emphasizes the need for recruits to build a relationship with college coaches early in the recruiting process.

Fall Signing Week '10: College Tennis in the Fall
In college tennis, the fall is a grind. There is a frenetic, 10-week window during which coaches are creating possibilities for the future of their program - both through recruiting as well as player development. But what makes this time of year so unique is that opportunities for the individual are abundant. Looking back on my time as a player and a coach, many of my favorite memories are from the fall.

Countdown: Talking with Navy's Keith Puryear
Many high school students are curious about playing sports at one of the service academies. Ross Greenstein of Scholarship For Athletes talks with Keith Puryear, head women's tennis coach at the U.S. Naval Academy. Coach Puryear talks about how he recruits - and he offers advice to high school athletes.

Conversation with Brett Masi of San Diego
Ross Greenstein of Scholarship For Athletes talks with Brett Masi, head men's tennis coach at the University of San Diego. Masi gives advice to both players and parents about the college recruiting process, and he also comments on what he looks for in a potential recruit.

College Talk with Middlebury Freshman Andrew Lebovitz
Andrew Lebovitz is heading from Massachusetts up to Vermont this fall where he will be a freshman at Middlebury College. Lebovitz, a 3-Star recruit ranked as high as #12 in the USTA New England 18s, sat down to talk with Donovan Tennis Strategies about his recently-completed recruiting experience - and how he decided on Middlebury.

Talking with Brett Karpman of Queens University
Julie Wrege recently chatted with Brett Karpman, head coach of the men's and women's tennis programs at Queens University in Charlotte, N.C. The two talked about college tennis and recruiting in general - but they also discussed some issues specific to NCAA Division II tennis.

Conversation with Tyler Thomson of Minnesota
Ross Greenstein of Scholarship For Athletes chats with Tyler Thomson, head coach of women's tennis at Minnesota. Thomson comments on all aspects of the recruiting process - and he gives advice to players on how to approach college tennis.

Talking with Delaware's Amanda Halstrom
A little over a year ago, Amanda Halstrom was a 4-Star senior from New York on the recruiting trail. Fast forward to today, where Halstrom is about to start her sophomore year at the University of Delaware. Halstrom posted a 27-7 singles record during her freshman campaign, playing as high as #2 in the lineup, and she earned the UD Team Sportsmanship Award. Donovan Tennis Strategies talks with Halstrom about college tennis and recruiting.

Quick Takes with Middlebury Coach Dave Schwarz
Just a month ago, the Middlebury men's tennis team hoisted its 2010 NCAA Championship trophy, the second team title for the Panthers. Harry Cicma of NBC Sports fired off a few questions to Middlebury Head Coach Dave Schwarz shortly after his championship.

Adding to a Tennis Legacy: A Conversation with USC's Peter Smith
Peter Smith completed his eighth year as men's head coach at the University of Southern California exactly the same way he finished his seventh, leading the Trojans to the NCAA team title. Colette Lewis sat down with the 2010 Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year to get his views on some of the major issues in junior and college tennis.

Conversation with Santa Clara's Derek Mills
Ross Greenstein and Scholarship For Athletes caught up with Derek Mills, coach of men's tennis at Santa Clara. Mills comments on how junior tennis players should approach the recruiting process - as well as his recruiting philosophy.

New Jersey Legend Mickey Cook
Harry Cicma speaks with New Jersey tennis legend Mickey Cook. Cook currently serves as the head tennis coach for Monmouth University's Division I men's tennis team, and was previously a Big East Coach of the year at Rutgers University. Cook was a top NCAA regionally-ranked tennis player at Rutgers, and he is considered to be one of the best players in New Jersey High School state history.

Conversation with Vanderbilt's Ian Duvenhage
The team at Scholarship For Athletes talked with Ian Duvenhage, head coach of men's tennis at Vanderbilt. Duvenhage talks about the recruiting process, what he looks for in players, and his approach to coaching.

Scout, Sponsor, Mentor, Technician: Wilson's Adam Schaechterle
As a poetry major at Northwestern University, Wilson's Adam Schaechterle is as surprised as anyone to find himself Tour and Junior Manager of the Americas after less than four years in the Racquet Sports division of the global sporting goods company. Colette Lewis caught up with Schaechterle at the Easter Bowl.

Eight Questions with Peter Wright
Peter Wright and the California men's tennis team have had another strong year in 2010. The Golden Bears are hoping to hear they will host the first two rounds of the NCAA team tournament when the pairings are announced tonight on ESPNews (5-6pm EDT). Hear what Coach Wright has to say about college tennis and recruiting.

Conversation with Northwestern's Arvid Swan
The team at Scholarship For Athletes talked with Arvid Swan, head coach of men's tennis at Northwestern. Hear what Swan says about the college recruiting process.

Top Player to Top Coach: Georgia Tech's Bryan Shelton
Bryan Shelton's resume as a college and pro player is impressive. He was an All-American at Georgia Tech, and he reached a career-high ranking of 55 on the ATP tour. But since returning to his alma mater to lead the women's program, his performance as a head coach has eclipsed even the considerable accomplishments of his playing days.

Eight Questions with Traci Green
Harvard Head Coach Traci Green talks about a number of subjects... what she looks for when recruiting players, advice for young players looking to compete collegiately or professionally, and the kinds of experiences she has had in college coaching. Her comments provide insight to prospective players and parents.

Talking with Virginia Tech's Jim Thompson
In college men's tennis, the Atlantic Coast Conference has always been packed with strong teams. This year, one of the hottest teams in the conference - as well as the nation - is Virginia Tech. Harry Cicma of NBC Sports recently got the chance to sit down with Hokie Head Coach Jim Thompson.

A Pro Circuit Summer
We may be amidst a frosty (and endless) winter in these early days of 2010, but college student-athletes and junior players around the country are already thinking of summer; and not just about flip flops and tank tops, but about their ambitions, opportunities, and a tournament schedule that will begin shortly after final exams. For the best collegiate and junior student-athletes, the few months of summer freedom are not lost.

Conversation with Case Western Coach Todd Wojtkowski
The team at Scholarship for Athletes talked with Todd Wojtkowski, head coach of men's and women's tennis at Case Western Reserve.

Steve Johnson Interview
Steve Johnson, a USC sophomore from Orange, CA, sits down with Scholarship For Athletes to discuss being a Trojan and his transition from juniors into the top of the collegiate tennis rankings. He is currently ranked #1 in Men's singles and #13 in doubles. He helped USC bring home a national championship title in 2009.

Building a National Powerhouse
When Brian Boland arrived in Charlottesville in the fall of 2001, Virginia had never won an ACC title or more than a round in the NCAA team championships. Boland went to work, and the accomplishments are piling up: three straight undefeated ACC seasons, two consecutive undefeated regular seasons, two NCAA semifinal appearances, three NCAA individual titles, and now three straight ITA Men's Team Indoor titles. Here is Colette Lewis' conversation with Coach Boland.

Ivy Focus
The Ivy League is an athletic conference featuring eight of the most selective colleges in the country. Those institutions are also able to field strong tennis teams - seven of the sixteen programs are ranked in the latest Campbell/ITA Rankings. We talked to several Ivy League coaches about their programs and players.

Conversation with Oklahoma Coach David Mullins
Sooners Women's Head Coach David Mullins recently signed the top two players in Oklahoma: Whitney Ritchie and Mia Lancaster. Both women are five-star recruits with impressive singles resumes. Even more stellar are their doubles credentials. They attend the same high school and as a pair share five national doubles titles and a state title.

Conversation with Brown's Jay Harris
The Brown Bears are coming off a 2009 season where they went 18-10 overall and 4-3 in the Ivy League. Many of last year's key contributors have graduated, but head coach Jay Harris adds a crop of talented freshmen to his team for 2010. Harry Cicma of FiOS1 and WRNN sat down with Coach Harris to talk about his teams - past and present - and about playing tennis in the Ivy League.

The Mystique of Ivy League Tennis
An Ivy League education is amongst the most well-respected in the world. Such schooling also represents the most expensive and exclusive of American higher education. Ivy League schools are exceptionally costly and do not offer athletic scholarships. Even so, top-ranked American athletes are still eager to participate in Ivy League education and collegiate athletic programs.

Reflections on Recruiting - and on Being Recruited
"Recruiting, recruiting, recruiting". Those words found my ears repeatedly during my first interview with Princeton. After five years as head coach, I can reflect on my recruiting successes and disappointments. Here are eight lessons that I drew from my experiences - covering players, their families, and coaches.

Conversation with Providence Coach Kyle LaBranche
There is a family dynasty in the Tennis Department at Providence College. After Carl LaBranche led the men's and women's teams for more than a decade; his son, Kyle, has taken over as the new women's tennis head coach. Kyle is one of the hot young prospects in the world of Division 1 coaching, and I recently caught up with the Lady Friars new leader.

Panel Discussion: Challenging Players (Part 2)
More coaches weigh in on the question: "What do college tennis coaches do to challenge and develop players of different abilities?"

Conversation with Syracuse Coach Luke Jensen
One of the most famous coaches in the NCAA is Syracuse head coach Luke Jensen. Jensen, who won the 1993 French Open doubles title with his brother Murphy, is now in his third season as head coach of the Orange. Harry Cicma of NBC News caught up with Jensen during Signing Week.

One Step at a Time
Chris Woodruff talks with Colette Lewis about the importance of succeeding at one level before moving to the next.

Conversation with Jesse Medvene-Collins
Jesse Medvene-Collins is an assistant coach for both the men's and women's tennis teams at the University of Redlands. As a player at Redlands, Medvene-Collins was part of a team that won four straight SCIAC Championships and a third place finish at the NCAA Championships. Ross Greenstein of Scholarship for Athletes sits down to talk with Medvene-Collins about all things college tennis.

Conversation with Bryant University's Ron Gendron
After a successful run in Division 2, the Bryant University Bulldogs are in their first year competing at the Division 1 level. I recently spoke with Bryant Head Coach Ron Gendron about the excitement surrounding his tennis program.

Conversation with Dr. Mark Kovacs
Dr. Mark Kovacs, Manager of Sport Science for the USTA, is definitely an expert when it comes to the training of successful athletes. Prior to becoming a leader within the USTA, Dr. Kovacs was an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Wellness at Jacksonville State University. Dr. Kovacs has focused his research on the game of tennis.

Conversation with Roland Thornqvist
Roland Thornqvist is entering his 7th season as head coach for the Gators at University of Florida in Gainesville. This year will mark his 12th overall year in coaching tennis. Ross Greenstein of Scholarship For Athletes talks all things tennis with Coach Thornqvist.

Talking with UNC-W Coach Jennifer Garrity
People often measure the quality of a coach by the amount of success her team achieves. This is a little skewed because not all coaches start with players of equal caliber. A better metric is measuring how much players on her team improve. The UNC Wilmington women's team is one such program. Head Coach Jenny Garrity has quietly turned this program around from one that was well under 0.500 to one that has had six winning seasons in a row.

Conversation with Gordie Ernst
Ross Greenstein, CEO of Scholarship For Athletes, will be interviewing men's and women's 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.

Training Talk with Paul Pisani
What do Ashley Harkleroad, Amer Delic, Robby Ginepri, Sam Querrey, and Justin Gimelstob have in common? They all have worked with fitness trainer Paul Pisani. Pisani has developed a niche working with up-and-coming American players, helping them reach their fitness and tennis potential. Marc Lucero chatted with Pisani about his strategies and experiences.

Panel Discussion: Challenging Players (Part 1)
College tennis teams are composed of individuals with different ability levels. Some players may have professional tennis aspirations, others walk on to the program, and there are obviously levels in between. We asked several college coaches: "What do college coaches do to challenge and develop players of different abilities?"

Panel Discussion: Integrating with a New Team (Part 2)
Today we conclude our discussion on integrating into a college tennis team - and adjusting to college coaching. College coaches answer the question: "How does a top junior player transition quickly to a team atmosphere with less personal attention?"

Panel Discussion: Integrating with a New Team (Part 1)
College tennis is often a huge step for incoming freshmen. One big difference is in coaching. Many freshmen may not get the individual attention they were accustomed to as juniors. Some players even feel like they are lost in the shuffle. We asked our panel of former college coaches: "How does a top junior player transition quickly to a team atmosphere with less personal attention?"

Panel Discussion: Junior and College Coaches (Part 2)
This is the the conclusion of a two-part panel discussion where college coaches answer the question: "What are the differences between private coaches and college coaches? Does the private coach still have a role once a player heads off to college?"

Panel Discussion: Junior and College Coaches (Part 1)
Many junior tennis players work with private coaches - coaches that oversee all aspects of the players' development as athletes and tennis players. When these junior players graduate from high school, college coaches take over their development. We asked a number of college coaches about what makes their role unique - and also the role of a private coach once a player enters college.

Panel Discussion: Importance of Facilities (Part 2)
This is the the conclusion of a two-part panel discussion where college coaches answer the question: "Is there an arms race for college tennis? What kinds of facilities does a tennis program need to be competitive?"

Panel Discussion: Importance of Facilities (Part 1)
Our Ask the Experts series returns with another roundtable question: In college athletics, you often hear about the "arms race" for top-of-the-line facilities. Is there an arms race for college tennis? What kinds of facilities does a tennis program need to be competitive? How much of a difference do facilities make in recruiting?

Panel Discussion: January Admissions (Part 2)
More coaches weigh in on the pros and cons of matriculation in January.

Panel Discussion: January Admissions (Part 1)
Ask the Experts is back with the following question: What are your feelings about January admissions? When is it a good idea? Are there situations where you would not allow it? What unique challenges do kids face when they start in January?

Panel Discussion: Future of Men's Tennis
Ask the Experts is back. We asked a panel of former college coaches: "It seems like several men's tennis programs are eliminated every year. Will this reduction continue? Or worse yet, will the rate of eliminations increase? What will men's college tennis look like ten years from now?"

Panel Discussion: Balancing School and Tennis
In this installment of Ask the Experts, we ask former college coaches: "Is it possible to play college tennis while pursuing a 'challenging major,' or do you discourage and/or set off-limits certain courses of study? How does this all fit in with the spirit of the scholar-athlete?"

Panel Discussion: Dividing Men's Scholarships
In this installment of Ask the Experts, we put the question to former men's coaches: "The NCAA only allows 4.5 scholarships for men's programs to divide among their players. What philosophy did you use when dividing these scholarships? In what instances would you award a full scholarship?"

Panel Discussion: Official Visits
Our Ask the Experts series returns with another roundtable: "As a coach, did you have a philosophy for official visits? What did you do to set your school apart? Were there certain events that were attractive? Did you try to bring in multiple recruits at the same time?"

Panel Discussion: What Makes a Good Recruit? (Part 2)
This is the the conclusion of a two-part panel discussion where college coaches answer the question: "How do you evaluate recruits?"

Panel Discussion: What Makes a Good Recruit? (Part 1)
Across all college sports today, coaches place tremendous emphasis on recruiting top talent. But in tennis recruiting, what does that "recruiting top talent" really mean? We put this question to a number of former college coaches, and we got some pretty interesting responses.

Conversation with Don Schroer
Schroer shares his thoughts on recruiting in NCAA Division III, changes in Division III through the years, and the importance of character.

Conversation with Dan Magill
Magill speaks candidly about the biggest change he has seen in college tennis over the years - the influx of foreign players.

Rafa talks all his RG winning Babolat Pure Aero rackets
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