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How Can We Attract – and Retain – More Children to Tennis ft. Danielle McNamara

Welcome to Season 11, Episode 5, of the ParentingAces Podcast, a proud member of the Tennis Channel Podcast Network. This week, Lisa chats with Danielle McNamara, former Head Women’s Tennis Coach at Yale and current ITA Director of Coach Education, about what it’s going to take to attract and retain more children to our sport.

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Danielle McNamara was the women’s tennis head coach at Yale from 2006-14, and 2016-21. She was also the head coach at Texas from 2014-15. She guided Yale to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including the first in program history in 2008. McNamara coached 27 All-Ivy singles players, 12 All-Ivy doubles teams, two Ivy League Rookie of the Year players, and the first Yale women’s tennis Ivy League Player of the Year. She played college tennis at the University of Michigan, where she became the first player in program history to participate in all three national championships; ITA All-Americans, ITA National Indoors, and NCAA Championships. Danielle served as team captain, and was named Big Ten Sportswoman of the Year.

Now, as the mother of two young children interested in sports, Danielle shares her thoughts on how tennis needs to pivot to compete in the world of Youth Sports Recruitment. Using her vast experience as both a player and coach, Danielle’s approach makes so much sense and is something we’d love to see governing bodies around the world adopt.

To read the Medium article referenced in the podcast, click here. To reach Danielle, you can email her at [email protected].

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Intro & Outro Music: Morgan Stone aka STØNE

Audio & Video Editing: Lisa Stone


    Jpalenque on 24th Jun 2024

    Danielle is correct, the only way to grow the sport is to expand the base. But as Lisa correctly said, the USTA’s mission is the US open which is now with debt of $710M and losses of $220M so far.
    If I can be of help reach out to me I would gladly help

    Javier Palenque

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