Recruiting & College Tennis

When College Tennis Programs Are Cut


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College tennis has been one of the things that sets the US apart on the international scene. We are the only country in the world that offers such an incredible opportunity to players once they have reached the end of their eligibility in the junior tennis realm. These young people can continue to develop their skills on the court while simultaneously developing their skills in the classroom, in many cases having that court and classroom time subsidized to at More >

The Long-Overdue Move-In Post


I know, I know. I am totally delinquent in writing about my son’s college move-in and his first few weeks at Santa Clara. As I mentioned in a previous post, things have been pretty hectic around here, so I hope you’ll forgive me.

We left Atlanta early on the morning of September 18th to fly to San Jose after a late night of last-minute organizing and packing. My son managed to get all of his clothes and other necessities into 2 suitcases and his tennis bag – we had ordered most of his dorm More >

NCAA Isn’t the Only Game on Campus


NCAA tennis isn’t for everyone. But that doesn’t mean everyone can’t play college tennis! Tennis On Campus is a great program that is continuing to grow by leaps and bounds. If your junior is looking for a way to stay involved in the game but isn’t ready or willing to commit to the rigors of NCAA tennis, please have him/her research the TOC options at the schools on his/her wish list!

And, now, this word from USTA:

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced the 48 coed More >

How To Use Ratings & Rankings


I get a lot of emails asking about the various ratings and rankings used in Junior Tennis, so let me try to explain the differences between USTA rankings, Tennis Recruiting Star ratings, Tennis Recruiting rankings, and Universal Tennis ratings and how best to use each one. I have been talking extensively with people at each organization about what their numbers mean, how they are derived, how college coaches use them, and why they are relevant. Since is in the midst of its More >

Summer is Officially Over?


Today is the first day of school in our county. Crazy, right? But, since that’s the reality of living in Marietta, Georgia, I thought this was a good time to write about my son’s month in California, his orientation at Santa Clara University, and his plans between now and September 19th when he moves onto campus (Santa Clara is on the quarter system – hence, the late start date).

As I shared a few months ago here, my son spent the month of July training and competing in Southern California. More >

Join Me Tomorrow to Discuss College Recruiting


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Thank you to those who answered our poll question posted a couple of days ago!

Please join me this Tuesday (July 21) at 7pm ET on the UR10sNetwork to discuss my family’s experience with college recruiting.

While some of you have already emailed me your questions, I am hoping you’ll call into the show so we can really get into the details of how this whole thing works. The call in number is 714-583-6853 and the show will go on as long as you have More >

Our College Recruiting Experience


I’ve been wanting to share my son’s college recruiting experience with y’all but wasn’t sure the best way to do that. I’ve decided to do it via the radio show, but I need your help!

Please answer the poll question below so I can decide when to actually air the show. Then, if you’re unable to join us live on the air, email me any questions you’d like me to address. They can be questions about our experience or questions that are coming up for you during your family’s experience – I’ll do my best More >

USTA & College Tennis


Today, USTA announced the members of its 2015 Collegiate National Team (click here to read USTA’s full press release):

Men’s Team

Mackenzie McDonald, UCLA, rising Junior

Noah Rubin, Wake Forest, turned pro at completion of Freshman year

Ryan Shane, University of Virginia, rising Senior

Women’s Team

Brooke Austin, University of Florida, rising Sophomore

Jennifer Brady, UCLA, turned pro at completion of Sophomore year

Julia Elbaba, University of Virginia, rising Senior

Jamie Loeb, University of More >

ITA Secures Partnership With Oracle


I received the following via email from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and am thrilled to see Oracle get more involved with our great sport, especially at the collegiate level:

The ITA is delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with Oracle, in which Oracle will serve as the title sponsor for three major programs as part of the Oracle Collegiate Tennis Tour, administered by the ITA.

This special sponsorship agreement is highlighted by the inaugural Oracle/ITA Masters, More >

Tim Russell Named Head of ITA


I received the following announcement from the ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) earlier today. I have a lot of thoughts to share regarding this latest action by the governing body of college tennis, but I’m going to keep them to myself . . . for now. My youngest child is graduating from high school next week, and I want to stay focused on the happy events in front of us. That said, please feel free to discuss your thoughts in the Comments section, and I will chime in as warranted. If More >

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