This is part 2 of 2 articles on what college coaches are looking for from the “Parenting Aces” blog. Below is a condensed version of the article. Click the link at the bottom for the whole article.
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There are several possible paths to playing college tennis. What works for one player may not work for another. As tennis parents, we have to learn as much as possible about our player’s options and try to help them navigate the proper path for their particular situation and needs.
A big thank-you to Dennis and Danny Bruce for sharing their journey with ParentingAces . . .
In the spring of his junior year of high school, Danny started getting letters of interest from about 20 or 30 college tennis coaches. Most looked like form letters – the coaches were fishing, looking to build their prospect list. Coaches have their wish list of players, and players have their wish list of schools. It’s great when the player and the coach are on the same page with that list!
As it turns out, Danny will be going to a school that wasn’t really on his radar. In fact, neither Danny nor his dad had ever heard of the school, and, based on its name, figured it was a religion-based university which wasn’t what Danny wanted. A little online research, though, proved otherwise and sparked their interest.
The head coach of Presbyterian College (a D1 program) had seen Danny play at the Georgia Qualifier tournament the summer after his junior year. The coach really liked what he saw and showed a lot of interest in having Danny come up for an official visit in the Fall of his senior year. After thinking it over for several weeks and doing a little more digging online, Danny decided to take the coach up on his offer, and he went for an Official Visit the following September.
Having some clear ideas of what you want from your college experience is key. For Danny, it was important to be a contributing part of the tennis team wherever he went – he didn’t want to warm the bench for a year or more before getting to play. He also wanted a good academic program where his degree would open doors for him after he graduates. But, he says, the main factor in deciding to commit to Presbyterian was the fact that he knew the coach and other players really wanted him there. He liked feeling that he was going to be able to make a difference for the team. I think that’s one of those “intangibles” that Coach Wermer was talking about (see What Are College Coaches Really Looking For).
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