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Why Grades Matter ft. Danielle McNamara

Welcome to Season 12 Episode 30 of the ParentingAces Podcast, a proud member of the Tennis Channel Podcast Network. In this week’s podcast, Danielle McNamara rejoins Lisa to discuss why grades are important to high schoolers hoping to be recruited to play college tennis.

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For those of you who have watched/listened to our previous episodes with Danielle (click here, here, and here), you know she’s the former Head Coach of the Yale Women’s Tennis Team as well as a former college player herself. She is now retired from coaching and has started DLM Coaching to help families better navigate the recruiting process.

Many high school players and their families are under the false impression that tennis skill alone is enough to open the door to college tennis playing opportunities and that good grades are secondary to on-court success. That couldn’t be further from the truth, as Danielle explains in this episode. She stresses that families need to develop a recruiting plan before starting high school that includes choosing academic courses that will allow the student to achieve at their highest potential. For more information on the NCAA Eligibility Center and to create your Player Profile, visit

In fact, Danielle has fielded so many questions from parents of 8th, 9th, and 10th graders in recent weeks that she’s decided to offer a free webinar to help these parents and players better understand the recruiting process and what they need to be doing at each stage of the process. You can get more information and register for the September 24th webinar at

For more information or to ask questions, you can contact Danielle through her online contact form at You can also email her at [email protected]. Be sure to sign up for her enewsletter at

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Intro & Outro Music: Morgan Stone aka STØNE

Audio & Video Editing: Lisa Stone


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