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Coach Juan Coronel has written this article for us:
The Importance of College Tennis
As a world class tennis professional having worked with many junior players I would like to emphasize the importance that college tennis plays in the development of the player. Thru the years I have seen how parents are being misguided into pushing their kids towards the professional ranks . The ones that suffer for this misdirection are the kids, they end up losing too many matches in the early rounds of futures and challengers level events and as a result lose confidence and their progress is way too slow. By attending a good Division 2 or a major University the kid will be exposed to very good competition and excellent coaching and as a result move forward both academically and tennis wise. If by chance the player does well in the NCAA tourney by all means and you want to pursue a professional career go for it, but please don’t jump the ship too soon. Parents be patient, there is nothing wrong with college tennis.
Juan Coronel has more than 35 years experience as a very successful tennis professional who works with juniors, as well as players on the WTA and ATP professional tours. Juan traveled the world as a circuit player and a coach, being based in Monte Carlo for years. Since playing on the professional circuit, he has been tennis director of many country clubs in the metropolitan New York area, as well as clubs on the East Coast and in the Southwest. Served as the Davis Cup Coach for Panama in 2003 and continues to serve as an adviser for tennis in Panama, helping juniors achieve their dreams of coming to the United States on a tennis scholarship. He has the highest tested rating possible with the USPTA, the Professional Level One.
Coach Coronel, thank you for your contribution to our viewers and the Tennis industry and inspiring players to play college tennis!
Coach Chad Berryhill has written this article for us:
From Tennis Camp to NCAA Titles
The name of this website is so great because college tennis and junior tennis can truly be improved through tennis camps. However, the tennis camp has to have more meaning than just running campers through drills and getting them to break sweat. Camps can and should be developmental where learning takes place. Most summer tennis camps have current college players as teachers. Wouldn’t it be nice if these college players were educated as “true” tennis teachers rather than just ball feeders? If they can learn a system of instruction that has produced results?
I am the Director of Tennis for the Tennis Academy at Harvard, which is run as a summer tennis camp. We train our staff to be developmental coaches. They complete a weekend orientation with Steve Smith to learn our “system of instruction” and how to get campers to hit the ball efficiently. This orientation puts everyone on the same page without any ego and is continued throughout the summer. After ten weeks of camp, we have some students who can certainly demo strokes efficiently and they come away with a new perspective on tennis that is related to a Vic Braden quote, “The dimensions of the court and physical laws dictate strokes production. No coaches opinion or any unique theory.” Secondly we come away with a staff that is more knowledgeable to teach tennis to players of any age.
Next month, Steve Smith will be launching an educational website with the mission being “To contribute to tennis teaching worldwide; with an emphasis on American kids playin American college tennis.” The website is a twenty-plus hour course online along with DVD’s that will target summer tennis camps. This pathway will contribute greatly in improving tennis teaching. Steve Smith and I will also be speaking at the ITA Coaches Convention this December with the title, “From Tennis Camp to NCAA Titles.” We will show college coaches a proven pathway to develop players. The system of instruction developed by Steve Smith which has been contributed to by many different and legendary coaches, has produced 6 students who have won NCAA Division I titles.
It is time to make sense of the confusing world of tennis teaching!
- Coach Chad Berryhill
Chad Berryhill is a graduate of Ferris State University. He holds a specialized degree in Professional Tennis Management. Coach Berryhill, a native of Michigan, has four years experience as a high school coach prior to joining the Hawks helping each respective program at Grand Ledge and Big Rapids set school records in both wins and highest regional or state tournament finishes.
Chad is a USPTA and PTR certified tennis professional, a Master Racquet Technician (MRT) and served a two-year term as Ferris State’s PTM program President. Chad has also worked for the Nike Tennis Camps at Michigan State University, Court One Athletic Club in Lansing, Michigan, and as Director of Tennis at the Brynwood Country Club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Chad has also done special projects and training for Florida State, Texas A&M, and Harvard.
Entering his fifth year, Coach Berryhill lead the Hawks to back-to-back National Runner-Up finishes at the NJCAA National Tournament in 2006 and 2007. In 2007, the Hawks won there first ever State Tournament in which Coach Berryhill was named the FCCAA Coach of the Year. In 2008, the Hawks won their first ever NJCAA National Championship and their second straight FCCAA State Championship. Berryhill was awarded the Region IV Coach of the Year and the NJCAA Coach of the Tournament.
In addition to leading the HCC Lady Hawks, Chad is the Administrative Director for Steve Smith Tennis and is the Facility Manager for the HCC Tennis Complex.
Coach Berryhill is the new Men’s Assistant Coach at the University of Central Florida. The team is poised to make a run this year at a Conference USA Championship and thus a berth into the NCAA tournament. The Knights have 4 freshman, 1 sophomore, 3 juniors, and one senior
Coach Berryhill, thank you for contributing and inspiring players to play college tennis. You have done great work with your girls at HCC, they are excellent role models for college tennis.
Ryler DeHeart says this of his college tennis experience:
College tennis was an amazing and invaluable experience for me. It was the perfect environment for me to achieve my goals and meet some of my closest friends and develop and amazing support structure along the way. I know I would never be the player nor person that I am today if I would have skipped out on that. My years at the University of Illinois were some of my favorite and I will be a fighting Illini forever.
All the best!
Coach David W. Smith has written this article for us:
Finding your Formula for Tennis Success
There exists a balance between developing skilled tennis strokes and mentally playing the game that allows one to win in as many situations as possible. However, this balance can become perceptually skewed by the immediate gratification process inherent in human beings. The real question is that what processes will produce a player who has reached their “potential” in playing competitive tennis within their desire or established goals. This player potential can be defined in what I call the “competitive formula” that every player must understand to reach said potential and not end up stagnant at levels far below this actual level of potential.
As a coach and teaching professional for over 35 years, I’ve seen where literally millions of players fall far short of what I would consider their true player potential because they followed a flawed “formula”.
An example of this formula includes the foundation for the player’s strokes; from grips to footwork, from strategy understanding to stroke mechanics, the foundation a player is introduced to, (either by self discovery or by professional recommendations and training), will have everything to do with the long-term picture of their potential. For if a player developed an inferior foundation, the mechanics and/or strategies used will most certainly prevent a player from reaching skilled levels of competitive play. Sure, we see many players who seem to buck the trend, who actually compete at relatively high levels, (4.0 or sometimes 4.5). Yet, two questions must be asked of even these exceptions: 1) would the player be able to compete at far higher levels had they learned a more advanced foundation; and 2) can such players compete consistently at these above-average levels or do they simply have an occasional win over the more skilled but same level players?
The other part of this formula is the competitive nature of the individual. Some players have a natural “Killer Instinct” or simply are calmer under pressure. These “mental” elements can be derived through various experiences, training, and/or simple genetics which contribute to a natural mental toughness when faced with adversarial situations. While we see hundreds or thousands of players who “practice” great and avoid competition like the plague, such individuals will seldom be prepared mentally for truly competitive tennis.
One thing for sure, if a player has ineffective strokes, they will seldom reach their player-potential. And, more than likely, they will attempt to play the game within very unconventional means to still compete, yet fail to progress.
If a junior player hopes to reach high enough levels of tennis to play on their high school varsity team, a college team or the professional ranks, he or she will have to recognize the importance of this “formula”. Too many young players play within an “instant gratification” mentality…that is, they use methods that work “today” against players at a certain level of skill. Unfortunately, most of these players use methods that are “comfortable” to them now, avoiding methods that feel foreign or uncomfortable. Likewise unfortunate, is that most “skilled” tennis foundations are seldom initially neither comfortable nor familiar. Thus, such players begin to develop a flawed foundation, one based on the concept that they might win more matches while playing within comfortable patterns. Of course a player who is using more comfortable, familiar methods will play with initially more confidence and, usually, hit more consistently. Yet, in almost every example, these players stagnate at levels far below their ability and get passed up by those who they had indeed been beating with regularity.
In my 35-plus years of teaching tennis, by far, most players I’ve worked with or I’ve seen play the game had ample ability to reach a level of potential that would grant them the opportunity to play at nearly any level they had the sincere desire to reach. (Sincere desire is a whole another topic that I will discuss in a future article.) The main detriment to those who failed to reach said prolific levels was seldom a lack of athleticism or opportunity. No, what prevented most players from reaching highly skilled levels was first a lack of a proper technical foundation followed by a limiting level of sincere desire and sacrifice necessary to achieve high levels of skilled play. In fact, I’ve seen hundreds of examples of students who seemed to possess relatively average levels of athleticism, yet achieve extremely high levels of skilled play. In every one of these cases, such players had the two things I’ve mentioned clearly defined in their character: A dedicated attention to developing a skilled foundation and a sincere level of desire to overcome any difficulty or challenge.
In the light of these points, it should be understood that nearly everyone who wishes to achieve skilled tennis levels of competitive play CAN and WILL achieve their goals if they follow this “formula”. Not everyone will, however, maintain the clarity and pursuit of these goals and those are the individuals who will indeed fail to fully reach their level of potential. From my experience, most players have the potential. While some simply don’t, there is no way of knowing if you do or you don’t. Yet, if you develop a flawed foundation and don’t challenge yourself to achieve such goals, it is almost certain you won’t ever reach such aspirations and levels of success.
So challenge yourself! Start today!
- Coach David Smith
David W. Smith is the author of the two top-selling and highly acclaimed tennis instructional books, TENNIS MASTERY and COACHING MASTERY. He is the Senior Editor for TennisOne.com, one of the world’s top-rated tennis web sites for tennis instruction. A Dunlop Master Professional, Dave has been a featured speaker at various tennis clubs, USPTA division and world conferences, and he has been published more than 200 times in various national and international publications. Dave is also the co-author of the new Walt Disney action-adventure novel, HIDDEN MICKEY, an adult DaVinci Code style mystery about Walt Disney.
Coach Smith, we appreciate all you have done for the tennis industry and believe your contribution will help others in the quest to play college tennis.
Coach Chuck Kriese has written this article for us:
Every Prize Has A Price and Every Price Has A Pain
Because of the overabundance of material things and opportunity in our country today, athletes of America are not naturally hungry enough to Suffer for what they want or only wish for. A Need is much different than a Want or a Wish. Needs come true; whereas wants and wishes do not…. The most true and accurate statement that could ever be taken to heart if a young person wants to achieve greatness would be that of the Great Hockey Coach Herb Brooks (Olympic Champions 1980 – Miracle on Ice) . He said “The willingness to Sacrifice (suffer) for an Unknown” is the key to it all. We all would do whatever it took, if we knew for sure that the suffering would bring the goal we desired from the heart. There are never guarantees when commitment of the heart is made, so therefore the risk for only a potential payoff is too great while the pain is not worth it all………In our country, we all have guarantees of mediocrity that we can sometimes prop up to make look like great success. This makes allot more sense to the American way of modern thinking….. We are not really a society that is that much into sacrifice and suffering if there is no guarantee. “Every Prize has a Price, and every Price has a Pain.
- Coach Chuck Kriese
- Technical Director for the Southeast Asia Tennis Federation
- 46 Former Players in ATP World Rankings
- U.S. Junior Davis Cup Coach
- Wimbledon Junior Champion Coach
- U.S. Open Junior Champion Coach
- French Open Junior Champion Coach
- U.S. Sunshine Cup Finalist Coach
- 4 Time National Coach of the Year
- 11 ACC Championships
- 38 All-American Players
- Coach of 4 National Senior Players of the Year
- 26 Former Players or Assistants in Collegiate Coaching
- 7 NCAA Elite 8 Finishes
- 13 Years as a Top 10 Division One Team
- Top 10 in NCAA Career Wins
- Winningest Coach in ACC History
- South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame Inductee
- Tennessee Tech Sports Hall of Fame Inductee
Visit Coach Kriese at: http://www.totaltennistraining.com
Coach Kriese, you are an awesome college tennis coach, you inspire others to play college tennis and we thank you for that.
Every year there are some great college tennis camps that take place around the country. At these camps, some of the best players around the region, country and even world come together to get better and hopefully get some exposure to college coaches.
These camps help players develop in all areas of their game and may even be able to help you get noticed by college coaches.
Camps stress both team play and individual skill development. Important in college tennis.
One great thing you may get out of a camp is an evaluation. These detailed skill evaluations are great for you to take back home and use as a guide for improvement.
Once you have a good evaluation in your hand, I strongly recommend that you start marketing and promoting yourself to college coaches. You can market and promote yourself simply by making contact with them and letting them know about you and more importantly, what you can do to help their tennis program succeed.
Tennis camps are a great way to improve your game and a good evaluation is very valuable in the college tennis recruiting process. I recommend taking advantage of all the camps you can possibly attend. All it takes is one new distinction from the camp that could set your career on Fire! Achieving your goal of playing college tennis is possible. Just ask yourself a few questions to get you started. Do I really want to play college tennis? Is college tennis available at the school I want to attend? Am I willing to pay the price needed to play college tennis? Am I playing college tennis for me?