Getting your body in peak shape for college with Dave Mullins

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Dave Mullins comes from an extensive tennis background, both as a player and as a coach. He is originally from Dublin, Ireland, and came to the US to play college tennis. He wound up in the world of college coaching, having a stellar career at the University of Oklahoma as the head women’s coach.

A couple of years ago, Dave retired from coaching and returned with his wife and two children to Dublin where he is now working at the same club where he grew up playing. He is also devoting a good amount of time to helping families navigate through the tennis development process.

In this week’s podcast, Dave and I talk about how rising college freshmen, as well as current college players, should be spending their summers. Should they be playing tournaments? Should they take an internship? Should they have a paying job? Should they take time off and relax?

Of course, there’s not one answer that is best for every player, but Dave backs up his answers with what he’s learned in his years as a player and as a coach. He shares very important information as we move into the summer season.

To find Dave online, visit his website at You can also reach him via email at

Entries for the 2nd annual Sol Schwartz #SaveCollegeTennis All-In Tennis Tournament are now open. For the Atlanta tournament (July 17-19) go to For the Baltimore tournament (August 12-13) go to

Also, registration for the ITA Summer Circuit is now open. Go to for information.

Listen to our latest podcast episode here!

One Comment on “Getting your body in peak shape for college with Dave Mullins”

  1. Great podcast. I hope most rising college freshmen will play at least one summer tournament where they have to play an experienced D1 college player. My son played a Future Qualifier-had two matches vs graduates who had played for ranked teams. He discovered that a 2-2 1/2 hour match vs a former college player was harder than a 3-3 1/2 junior match because the points were longer and more physical. He thought he was fit until that tournament….Now he knows what he has to work on this summer… Unfortunately it is hard to fit in a summer job between tournaments-players may have to scramble to do odd jobs like mowing and stringing. We envy those players from European countries that have a vibrant culture of club tourneys close to home.

    For many players, fall is the most important season. For some freshmen, they will only get to play in the fall. For mid major players, the fall may be their best chance to get to play players from ranked teams at invitationals and regionals. Players who arent ready by Sept or early Oct will miss out.

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