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Cameron
10-10-2008, 04:03 PM
Hey, I am a junior in high school and am starting to look at colleges. I live in Alabama and am looking for colleges in the South with a good D1 women's team and a really good coach. The coach is very important to me because I think a coach either makes it or breaks it for a player. Thanks so much :)

JMS
10-10-2008, 09:10 PM
I know this doesn't really answer your question but it will help everyone make suggestions. What is your rank? talent? experience? all that jazz.

Cameron
10-11-2008, 01:49 PM
I know this doesn't really answer your question but it will help everyone make suggestions. What is your rank? talent? experience? all that jazz.

Okay, thanks. This is my first time to do this so I don't really know much about it, sorry. I am 55 in the south, 3 in Alabama, and my national rank isn't too great, but I am working on playing in more Level 2 tournaments to improve it. I have been playing for 6 years, I started later than most people, but improved pretty quickly. I have won back to back state championships for my high school (if that matters at all). The best I have done in a Southern level 2 is sixth place and I have won a couple of Southern level 3 tournaments. If there is anything else you need to know, just let me know!

Also, I was looking at Davidson (I know that is a very exclusive school) and wondering if anyone knows much about it. Thanks so much for answering! :)

BigBUBBA
10-11-2008, 01:58 PM
Hey, I am a junior in high school and am starting to look at colleges. I live in Alabama and am looking for colleges in the South with a good D1 women's team and a really good coach. The coach is very important to me because I think a coach either makes it or breaks it for a player. Thanks so much :)

Tulane has a womens team with a very good coach, and a good team. It's in New Orleans, so its near you...

And good job w/ all the southern level 3 wins! I'm 12 and I've only played one level 3 and it was at a very high level, I enjoyed it..I lost in the quarters of conso, to the guy who won conso, and in main draw i lost to the 1 seed, who got 2nd and is ranked 45 in the south

kctennis1005
10-11-2008, 02:00 PM
check tennisrecruiting.net for schools who gave scholarships to girls around your rank.....i can see that you're 286 for juniors so their are plenty of scholarships for girls of your rank......for davidson try to get up to around 150 on tennisrecruiting and express lots of interest and email them

Cameron
10-11-2008, 02:34 PM
[QUOTE=BigBUBBA;2776549]Tulane has a womens team with a very good coach, and a good team. It's in New Orleans, so its near you...

Thanks for answering me, I looked up Tulane on College Board and it said they don't have a team. I don't know if it is right, it just said Men's and Women's Intercollegiate? Well, thanks anyways. And, good job on your tournament, that is good for your first level 3! :)

BigBUBBA
10-11-2008, 02:40 PM
[QUOTE=BigBUBBA;2776549]Tulane has a womens team with a very good coach, and a good team. It's in New Orleans, so its near you...

Thanks for answering me, I looked up Tulane on College Board and it said they don't have a team. I don't know if it is right, it just said Men's and Women's Intercollegiate? Well, thanks anyways. And, good job on your tournament, that is good for your first level 3! :)

Oh ha, thanks

No, they have a womans team (only a womens team)
You can visit the tennis team website
Just go to google and search tulane university tennis

Cameron
10-11-2008, 03:42 PM
[QUOTE=Cameron;2776607]

Oh ha, thanks

No, they have a womans team (only a womens team)
You can visit the tennis team website
Just go to google and search tulane university tennis

Okay, I found it. But now, there is another problem. On the roster, all the players are freshman, which means they wouldn't need any more players for 4 years! Oh well, any other suggestions?

BigBUBBA
10-11-2008, 03:47 PM
[QUOTE=BigBUBBA;2776613]

Okay, I found it. But now, there is another problem. On the roster, all the players are freshman, which means they wouldn't need any more players for 4 years! Oh well, any other suggestions?

Well the team is fairly new, so all the recruited players are freshmen...and what do you mean they won't need anymore players for the next four years? You just won't be the #1 player as a freshman, thats all

And the University of Arkansas is a good team and D1. They have a really good Russian girl this year who has been winning a bunch.

CAM178
10-11-2008, 03:47 PM
Georgia Tech has a good women's program. Their coach is awesome, if it's still Shelton.

I would imagine that the other major SEC schools would have a good program: Clemson, Bama, UAB, Florida, FSU, etc.

Julieta
10-11-2008, 03:51 PM
[QUOTE=Cameron;2776706]

Well the team is fairly new, so all the recruited players are freshmen...and what do you mean they won't need anymore players for the next four years? You just won't be the #1 player as a freshman, thats all

And the University of Arkansas is a good team and D1. They have a really good Russian girl this year who has been winning a bunch.

Do you mean their #1 player? She is awesome!

Julieta
10-11-2008, 03:54 PM
[QUOTE=BigBUBBA;2776613]

Okay, I found it. But now, there is another problem. On the roster, all the players are freshman, which means they wouldn't need any more players for 4 years! Oh well, any other suggestions?

It is still worth contacting the coach. They had to rebuild the program after the storm hit.

It's not in the south, but I have heard great things about Bucknell's coach. There are also some great schools and coaches in some of the Florida DII schools. Have you looked at collegetennisonline?

scotus
10-11-2008, 04:10 PM
How about Duke in NC?

There is a poster here who actually plays on the team at Duke (her screen name is something like "dukegirl").

Cameron
10-11-2008, 04:13 PM
[QUOTE=Cameron;2776706]

It is still worth contacting the coach. They had to rebuild the program after the storm hit.

It's not in the south, but I have heard great things about Bucknell's coach. There are also some great schools and coaches in some of the Florida DII schools. Have you looked at collegetennisonline?

I have looked at collegetennisonline a little bit, I just really need a scholarship, if possible, and I know DII doesn't give as of good scholarships as DI. I will e-mail Tulane though. Do you have any suggestions for emailing coaches, like what is the best thing to put in the emails? And, for Tulane, I was thinking that since they have all freshmen on there team that they wouldn't have any available spots, I'm a little confused about that.

BigBUBBA
10-11-2008, 04:45 PM
[QUOTE=Julieta;2776728]

I have looked at collegetennisonline a little bit, I just really need a scholarship, if possible, and I know DII doesn't give as of good scholarships as DI. I will e-mail Tulane though. Do you have any suggestions for emailing coaches, like what is the best thing to put in the emails? And, for Tulane, I was thinking that since they have all freshmen on there team that they wouldn't have any available spots, I'm a little confused about that.

Cool. Just ask her about that to clarify you!
And yeah, the Razorback #1 is awesome. She is the reason they are 14 right now...
Sorry, I live 30 minutes outside of Fayettville. LOL

feyya
10-11-2008, 07:14 PM
Okay, thanks. This is my first time to do this so I don't really know much about it, sorry. I am 55 in the south, 3 in Alabama, and my national rank isn't too great, but I am working on playing in more Level 2 tournaments to improve it. I have been playing for 6 years, I started later than most people, but improved pretty quickly. I have won back to back state championships for my high school (if that matters at all). The best I have done in a Southern level 2 is sixth place and I have won a couple of Southern level 3 tournaments. If there is anything else you need to know, just let me know!

Also, I was looking at Davidson (I know that is a very exclusive school) and wondering if anyone knows much about it. Thanks so much for answering! :)

One of my close friends is Andrew Groslimond who is taking over the womens coach position soon at Davidson. He is the son of the director at the academy i practice at, Tennis Academy Of The South.

feyya
10-11-2008, 07:16 PM
Georgia Tech has a good women's program. Their coach is awesome, if it's still Shelton.

I would imagine that the other major SEC schools would have a good program: Clemson, Bama, UAB, Florida, FSU, etc.

Yes it is still Bryan, whom i am also close friends with aswell as the mens coach Kenny Thorne.

Cameron
10-11-2008, 08:45 PM
One of my close friends is Andrew Groslimond who is taking over the womens coach position soon at Davidson. He is the son of the director at the academy i practice at, Tennis Academy Of The South.

Really? That is so cool!! I know the men's assistant coach, Ben Johnson, he is from Birmingham. When I emailed him, he said that a new women's coach was coming but that he didn't know him. Is he a good coach? Do you think that I could play at Davidson, with my ranking and everything, or do you think it is too good? Maybe you could give me his email address or mention me or something, I don't know, I am just trying to get my name out there. That is really cool that you know the Georgia Tech coach too! They have an amazing team!!! I really want to go somewhere that I can have a playing position and not sit on the bench the whole time. Well, thanks for responding! :)

Cameron
10-11-2008, 09:02 PM
How about Duke in NC?

There is a poster here who actually plays on the team at Duke (her screen name is something like "dukegirl").

That is cool that someone on here plays for Duke!! Only problem is, I'm not that smart :( I think I have a 3.75 GPA, or maybe a little less, and I haven't taken the ACT yet. Good suggestion though! I wish I was smart enough! :)

Kaptain Karl
10-11-2008, 09:52 PM
... I just really need a scholarship, if possible, and I know DII doesn't give as of good scholarships as DI. I will e-mail Tulane though. Do you have any suggestions for emailing coaches, like what is the best thing to put in the emails?Take a look at serveitup911's thread. (http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=70393) He lays out just what you should do.

And, for Tulane, I was thinking that since they have all freshmen on there team that they wouldn't have any available spots, I'm a little confused about that.Don't assume. Some players decide "x" school isn't what they wanted. Some players get injured. Some players just quit. Anything can happen.

Good luck in your search and keep us posted....

- KK

NLBwell
10-11-2008, 10:02 PM
If you've got the grades and the SATs you could go to Rice or Vanderbilt. Used to know mens coaches at both (and Univ of Houston), but don't know anyone at those places anymore.

Nanshiki
10-11-2008, 11:13 PM
Is the University of South Alabama's tennis team actually D1? It only has like 9 players if on both teams combined... this wikipedia page says they're among the nation's best though.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Alabama_Jaguars

I think I should see if they'll let me hit with them... lol

10isDad
10-12-2008, 06:19 AM
and I know DII doesn't give as of good scholarships as DI. I will e-mail Tulane though.

Uh, not sure where you got this; women's tennis is a head-count sport. Every tennis scholarship they give out to women is a full ride and womens teams get 8 scholarships.

Could be that not all tennis teams will give out 8 scholarships, but by NCAA mandate, if you get a tennis scholarship as a woman, it must be a full scholarship.

Men's tennis is a different story: 4.5 scholarships can be divvied up many different ways, but the minimum men's scholarship would be 1/4.

Cameron
10-12-2008, 03:50 PM
Uh, not sure where you got this; women's tennis is a head-count sport. Every tennis scholarship they give out to women is a full ride and womens teams get 8 scholarships.

Could be that not all tennis teams will give out 8 scholarships, but by NCAA mandate, if you get a tennis scholarship as a woman, it must be a full scholarship.

Men's tennis is a different story: 4.5 scholarships can be divvied up many different ways, but the minimum men's scholarship would be 1/4.

Oh, I was thinking that when you got to the DII level that the scholarships weren't as good. I know a DII coach and he said that he only gives partial scholarships to his women's team. But, I know that DI has 8 full scholarships available. So, you are saying that it is not possible, as a women, to only get a partial scholarship? I'm kind of confused.

Cameron
10-12-2008, 03:54 PM
Is the University of South Alabama's tennis team actually D1? It only has like 9 players if on both teams combined... this wikipedia page says they're among the nation's best though.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Alabama_Jaguars

I think I should see if they'll let me hit with them... lol

Wow, I have never heard that. My mom went to South Alabama and I have never heard her talk about that. I looked on collegetennisonline and they are ranked 48! That is really interesting, I have never thought of them as having that kind of team. Thanks for letting me know!

Cameron
10-12-2008, 03:58 PM
If you've got the grades and the SATs you could go to Rice or Vanderbilt. Used to know mens coaches at both (and Univ of Houston), but don't know anyone at those places anymore.

Too bad, I don't have the grades. :( I have 3.75 GPA and haven't taken the ACT or SAT yet. I wish I was smart, it would make things so much easier and I would have so many more options!

BigBUBBA
10-12-2008, 04:35 PM
Too bad, I don't have the grades. :( I have 3.75 GPA and haven't taken the ACT or SAT yet. I wish I was smart, it would make things so much easier and I would have so many more options!

Don't beat yourself up!!! I'm sure your perfectly smart and talented

JLyon
10-13-2008, 07:29 AM
Gardner-Webb has a great coach.
North Texas would be an option with the old Illinois Coach.
South Alabama has a strong team.
Will need to get your Southern Ranking much higher though to get noticed.

JLyon
10-13-2008, 07:31 AM
Uh, not sure where you got this; women's tennis is a head-count sport. Every tennis scholarship they give out to women is a full ride and womens teams get 8 scholarships.

Could be that not all tennis teams will give out 8 scholarships, but by NCAA mandate, if you get a tennis scholarship as a woman, it must be a full scholarship.

Men's tennis is a different story: 4.5 scholarships can be divvied up many different ways, but the minimum men's scholarship would be 1/4.

Women's teams in D1 has a maximum of 8 Full scholarships, many schools do not give out the eight due to budget issues, etc..
Some can offer 1/2 scholarships, such as Centenary believe they only offer 2.5 scholarships total for the ladies. Varies greatly from school to school.

Cameron
10-13-2008, 05:46 PM
Gardner-Webb has a great coach.
North Texas would be an option with the old Illinois Coach.
South Alabama has a strong team.
Will need to get your Southern Ranking much higher though to get noticed.

I looked up Gardner-Webb. Do they have a good team? I was looking at some of there results and it didn't look like they did too well. I don't think that I am too good for them at all, I was just wondering if you know anymore about the level of their team. Thanks for the information. :)

Cameron
10-13-2008, 05:51 PM
Does anyone know if the list of College Rankings on collegetennisonline keeps going past 75 or does it stop? If it does keep going, can someone tell me how to get to the other pages? Thanks :)

10isDad
10-13-2008, 06:37 PM
Women's teams in D1 has a maximum of 8 Full scholarships, many schools do not give out the eight due to budget issues, etc..
Some can offer 1/2 scholarships, such as Centenary believe they only offer 2.5 scholarships total for the ladies. Varies greatly from school to school.

Shouldn't be. NCAA regs state that for headcount sports, scholarships must be full scholarships. The max amount of scholarships for womens tennis is 8. A team could give out less than 8, but legally couldn't give out 1/2 scholarships to women for tennis. They can give only 2 or only 3, but not 2.5. If the school you mentioned is, something's not right...

andfor
10-13-2008, 07:23 PM
Coaching staff for the University of Memphis Tennis is very good for both the women and men. They have access to excellent facilities and are in the process of building a new on campus tennis center. The UofM signed a girl last year with a similar tennisrecruiting.net ranking. They have also just signed a 5 star high school senior, maybe you could join her.

On Tilt EX
10-13-2008, 08:12 PM
Cameron,

Why don't you look up the street at Samford? Great school, good program, and great facilities. I do not know the girls coach, as he got there the year I left. I would understand if you just don't really want to go to Samford, being from Bham, but its an option.

The coach at Tulane was at Samford for several years before she left for Tulane. She won a couple conference titles at Samford before leaving. She is a very good coach.

Hope that helps

Cameron
10-13-2008, 10:04 PM
Cameron,

Why don't you look up the street at Samford? Great school, good program, and great facilities. I do not know the girls coach, as he got there the year I left. I would understand if you just don't really want to go to Samford, being from Bham, but its an option.

The coach at Tulane was at Samford for several years before she left for Tulane. She won a couple conference titles at Samford before leaving. She is a very good coach.

Hope that helps

Thanks for the suggestion. My coach went to Samford and I know the guys coach. Samford has become a very liberal school and also it is very clique. I know that a lot of other schools are going to be like that too. Also, I live about 5 minutes away from Samford and I just want to be somewhere a little different. I don't really want to go to Tulane either, though. I am looking so far at Davidson, Gardner-Webb looked pretty good, University of Memphis looks good too, and maybe Brevard. I know the coach at Brevard and the mens coach at Davidson. I am not ready to make any decisions yet, and my list is definitely not final. Thanks so much for your help! :)

kctennis1005
10-13-2008, 11:07 PM
university of richmond or any school in the southern conference: http://tennisrecruiting.net/conference.asp?id=126

duketennisgal
10-14-2008, 05:42 AM
Check out University of North Carolina Wilmington. The women's coach is great, she was actually named one of the ACC's top women's athletes of all time. She's super nice and the team has a lot of great girls on it. There's a good mix of upper/lower classmen on the team. The school itself is fantastic, can't beat living at the beach!

And if you guys are referening to me - I don't play for Duke, it was a dream of mine but I couldn't afford to go to that school. Still a fan of the school/team though.

Gemini
10-14-2008, 06:58 AM
KK's correct. There's a huge chance that some players will leave the team after their first season. Maya Johansson(sp?) transferred from Georgia Tech to UCLA after her freshman season. Also, Kirsten Flower left GT after her sophomore season. So, there are always opportunities.

But..you're very lucky to live in the South and you've got a number of very good to D-1 to great tennis schools to look at. Georgia Tech, UGA, U of Alabama, Auburn, Kentucky, U of Tennessee, LSU, Tulane...

As far as coaches go, Coach Shelton at GT his top notch. He's great at getting the best out of his players both as athletes and students. They'll be graduating at least one player at the end of this season (Christy Striplin) and Amanda McDowell will be a senior in 09-10. The team is pretty lean right now so I think there's room there for new players.

Julieta
10-14-2008, 07:40 AM
Check out University of North Carolina Wilmington. The women's coach is great, she was actually named one of the ACC's top women's athletes of all time. She's super nice and the team has a lot of great girls on it. There's a good mix of upper/lower classmen on the team. The school itself is fantastic, can't beat living at the beach!

.

I just looked up that school - great suggestion for Cameron. That team has a lot of upside long term with her as a coach.

Interesting that there are no international players on that squad!

duketennisgal
10-14-2008, 08:10 AM
I just looked up that school - great suggestion for Cameron. That team has a lot of upside long term with her as a coach.

Interesting that there are no international players on that squad!


The team has become drastically better with her as a coach, she's really done a good job of recruiting American players.

Seems like it would be a good fit with her given what she has stated about herself. I will say that a 3.75 may not get you in, unless you have spoken with the coach and she's interested in having you on the team. It's quickly becoming one of the hardest schools to get into in the North Carolina system. That being said, if you are being recruited, or even if the coach is looking at you for a walk on position you should be able to get in with that GPA.

Cameron
10-14-2008, 06:35 PM
Thank you guys for all the help, I emailed the coach at NC Wilmington. I've emailed a lot of coaches and only a few have responded. Does that mean they are not interested, or are they not allowed to respond? Thanks again everyone! :)

ClarkC
10-14-2008, 06:37 PM
Shouldn't be. NCAA regs state that for headcount sports, scholarships must be full scholarships. The max amount of scholarships for womens tennis is 8. A team could give out less than 8, but legally couldn't give out 1/2 scholarships to women for tennis. They can give only 2 or only 3, but not 2.5. If the school you mentioned is, something's not right...

I thought that for head count sports, any scholarship money given counts 1.0 versus the limit. So, if a school gives out 8 half-scholarships, they have used their limit of 8 for NCAA Division I scholarships. That will make it hard for them to compete with a better funded school that offers 8 full scholarships.

Is it the case that partial scholarships are not allowed by the NCAA for head count sports?

Motahari
10-14-2008, 07:53 PM
South Alabama in Mobile I think has a good tennis team...

duketennisgal
10-15-2008, 03:28 AM
Thank you guys for all the help, I emailed the coach at NC Wilmington. I've emailed a lot of coaches and only a few have responded. Does that mean they are not interested, or are they not allowed to respond? Thanks again everyone! :)

I think it's more just the time of year. Coaches are very busy with their teams right now, as well as any classes they may be teaching, I know some coaches that can take weeks to respond to their emails.

JLyon
10-15-2008, 06:03 AM
it is in the middle of the ITA Regional Tournaments which are the highlight of the Fall for most schools. Give it some time.

good luck.

Pusher
10-15-2008, 07:33 AM
Thank you guys for all the help, I emailed the coach at NC Wilmington. I've emailed a lot of coaches and only a few have responded. Does that mean they are not interested, or are they not allowed to respond? Thanks again everyone! :)

My son plays D-1 and they just sent out their recruiting letters last week. They can and will respond if they have an interest.

I know Davisdon fairly well. Upper tier academics with the price tag to match.

Similar schools with good locations and at least average academics are The College of Charleston (good city and brand new facility), Furman (Greenville, SC), Wofford (Spartanburg, SC), Georgia State (Atlanta), Coastal Carolina (Myrtle Beach), Mercer (Macon, GA).

I would recommend you get a mailing list together and send out a fairly standard letter of inquiry. You have a good ranking and you will get responses. The SEC and ACC schools might be looking above your ranking but you can never be sure. Good luck.

Cameron
10-15-2008, 02:10 PM
My son plays D-1 and they just sent out their recruiting letters last week. They can and will respond if they have an interest.

I know Davisdon fairly well. Upper tier academics with the price tag to match.

Similar schools with good locations and at least average academics are The College of Charleston (good city and brand new facility), Furman (Greenville, SC), Wofford (Spartanburg, SC), Georgia State (Atlanta), Coastal Carolina (Myrtle Beach), Mercer (Macon, GA).

I would recommend you get a mailing list together and send out a fairly standard letter of inquiry. You have a good ranking and you will get responses. The SEC and ACC schools might be looking above your ranking but you can never be sure. Good luck.

Thank you for the mailing list suggestion, I think I will do that. Do you use the address of the college and then put the coaches name on it, or is there a different address you use? Also, does Costal Carolina have a decent team? My cousin plays soccer there, but I never knew it was DI.

Pusher
10-15-2008, 03:11 PM
Thank you for the mailing list suggestion, I think I will do that. Do you use the address of the college and then put the coaches name on it, or is there a different address you use? Also, does Costal Carolina have a decent team? My cousin plays soccer there, but I never knew it was DI.

Get an E-mail list off their websites. No need to use the regular mail.

I don't know the team at CC. The location makes it attractive.

Kaptain Karl
10-15-2008, 05:02 PM
Cameron, you are starting to "mooch" too much. Do some of the work yourself, like serveitup911 did. (I know you didn't read his thread ... by the questions you are asking.)

Thank you for the mailing list suggestion, I think I will do that. Do you use the address of the college and then put the coaches name on it...?

Take a look at serveitup911's thread. (http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=70393) He lays out just what you should do.

- KK

Cameron
10-15-2008, 05:55 PM
Cameron, you are starting to "mooch" too much. Do some of the work yourself, like serveitup911 did. (I know you didn't read his thread ... by the questions you are asking.)

- KK

Okay, I'm really sorry, I never meant to do that. I will stop asking so many questions. I'll read serveitup911's thread. Thanks for letting me know.

Cameron
10-15-2008, 06:48 PM
I just read serveitup911's whole paper, that was long but really good. He was very diligent and organized in his college search. I think I have already messed some things up. I already emailed some coaches even though this is not a good time to do it because they are so busy. It is going to be hard and I am going to have to be diligent also. It helps that he is really really good at tennis and really smart too!

beernutz
10-18-2008, 05:46 PM
Is the University of South Alabama's tennis team actually D1? It only has like 9 players if on both teams combined... this wikipedia page says they're among the nation's best though.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Alabama_Jaguars

I think I should see if they'll let me hit with them... lol

They are definitely D1 (I work there). There are many more than 9 players: http://www.usajaguars.com/SportSelect.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=8300&&SPID=3264&SPSID=38508 and http://www.usajaguars.com/SportSelect.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=8300&&SPID=3255&SPSID=38451

They are very competitive in the Sun Belt Conference and have been top 15 ranked as recently as a couple of years ago.

Nanshiki
10-18-2008, 06:38 PM
Hmmm... and here the coach says they have six players.

Don't think I'm going to be hitting with them any time soon though :D

beernutz
10-19-2008, 08:17 PM
Hmmm... and here the coach says they have six players.

Don't think I'm going to be hitting with them any time soon though :D

I have a friend of a friend on the team who I can ask for a status report.

chigui
10-20-2008, 03:35 PM
Hi Cameron,
I see that you are very interested in a D1 school in the south, but one thing I want to say is that coaches look first at results when they are selecting their prospects. So, what you need to do is to select a few schools you are interested in, and find out what levels they are recruiting to make sure they are in accordance with your ability (please be realistic). And the most important thing is to work hard everyday in your tennis, and try to improve you results. The better results you have, the better chances you get to choose your desired school.
Don't forget that D2 schools can also be a good fit and with less time commitment from their athletes.

Good luck with your search. I'm sure you will do fine.

ps: Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn't work hard.

Cameron
10-20-2008, 06:06 PM
Hi Cameron,
I see that you are very interested in a D1 school in the south, but one thing I want to say is that coaches look first at results when they are selecting their prospects. So, what you need to do is to select a few schools you are interested in, and find out what levels they are recruiting to make sure they are in accordance with your ability (please be realistic). And the most important thing is to work hard everyday in your tennis, and try to improve you results. The better results you have, the better chances you get to choose your desired school.
Don't forget that D2 schools can also be a good fit and with less time commitment from their athletes.

Good luck with your search. I'm sure you will do fine.

ps: Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn't work hard.

Thanks for this. When I look at a college, I look at the team's roster and then I look up the players on tennisrecruiting.net to see if I am anywhere near their level. I think I have found a few good schools that have teams near my level. I am being realistic about it too, I definitely want to have a playing position. I am not closed to DII schools either, it is just that I am pretty sure the scholarships aren't as good. I have some natural talent, but I always work as hard as I can! One thing is for sure, hard work can take you very far! Thanks for all your help! :)

BigBUBBA
10-21-2008, 07:01 PM
Thanks for this. When I look at a college, I look at the team's roster and then I look up the players on tennisrecruiting.net to see if I am anywhere near their level. I think I have found a few good schools that have teams near my level. I am being realistic about it too, I definitely want to have a playing position. I am not closed to DII schools either, it is just that I am pretty sure the scholarships aren't as good. I have some natural talent, but I always work as hard as I can! One thing is for sure, hard work can take you very far! Thanks for all your help! :)

If you are interested in D2, try Washburn in Kansas...good school, and I have friends there and they are ranked very high in D2 and have a good coach.

Nanshiki
10-22-2008, 10:30 PM
I have a friend of a friend on the team who I can ask for a status report.

Ask the friend of a friend if they can be bothered to hit with a decent 4.0 or do the crap players have to pay? LOL

blue12
10-26-2008, 10:45 AM
How about Middle TN? The coach seams cool!

Coach Carter
10-26-2008, 11:59 AM
Most college teams (trying to win and succeed) will try to recruit 4 to 6 new players a year...period. Things change...but each coach is looking to amp things up to improve and make his players work harder, so they are always improving.

The mis-conception that JR players and parents have is that everyone is on scholarship. As I have "educated" in some of my other posts...a D1 team that's fully funded (few and far between) has 4.5 scholarships on the guys team and 8 on the girls side...the numbers are 4.5 and 6 respectively in D2.

With that information, realize...you may have 3 foreigners with full scholarships on the team. That means you may have 5 or 6 others splitting 1.5 scholarships on a guys team, etc.

FIND A SCHOOL THAT FITS YOU ACADEMICALLY, SPIRITUALLY, SOCIALLY, AND ATHLETICALLY...AND DON'T BE SO FULL OF PRIDE THAT YOU MISS SOMETHING AWESOME!!!

I am not making a statement about this young lady at all...this is a generalized statement to all the hungry young players...too many are missing out on a great college tennis experience because they think it's scholarship or bust.

Coach Carter
10-26-2008, 12:03 PM
Don't forget that D2 schools can also be a good fit and with less time commitment from their athletes

I liked some of the advice you gave this player, but where did you get the above comment?

D2 is still scholarship tennis. If the program is a winning program or pushing, then they will have a coach demanding that they "bust it". They still represent the school and coach and are "getting something".

duketennisgal
10-27-2008, 07:14 AM
I've known some people at DII schools that have an even tougher practice/match/workout schedule than others that I know at DI schools. It all depends on the competitiveness of the program and the coaches philosophies.

It is extremely difficult to get a full scholarship to any school, especially if you are an American. From my experience the foreign players receive the scholarships first as Coach Carter stated, then the others split what is left. Getting a full ride just for playing tennis is near impossible, you are going to need some other form of aid, be it an academic scholarship, grant or even student loan.

Don't give up though, there are a lot of schools out there looking for good players. Look at all kinds of schools, not just DI schools, you may be suprised at what you find.

Gemini
10-27-2008, 08:42 AM
I can speak to the financial side of playing college tennis as I was NOT on a tennis scholarship when I got there. I did have a swimming scholarship but left the team to play tennis instead.

All of my schooling was paid for through a combination of grants, academic scholarships, and a student loan. I actually didn't receive any athletic scholarship money until my junior year.

My advice on the financing side is that you need to go into the whole process not expecting ANY athletic scholarship funds and looking into other types of grants and scholarships. Student loans are last resort and are usually seen as a necessary evil.

Cameron
10-27-2008, 09:11 PM
I guess that I was way off on the scholarship side of college tennis. I am still kind of confused about it. I always thought that DI colleges for women had around 8 full scholarships to give out. The reason that I thought this is because I live right next to Samford and they had 2 full leftover scholarships that were not used for the women. The men only had around 4.5 or something. I don't know if all this is right, but it is what my coach told me. If anyone could straighten me out on this, I would be appreciative. Thanks!

andfor
10-27-2008, 10:02 PM
I guess that I was way off on the scholarship side of college tennis. I am still kind of confused about it. I always thought that DI colleges for women had around 8 full scholarships to give out. The reason that I thought this is because I live right next to Samford and they had 2 full leftover scholarships that were not used for the women. The men only had around 4.5 or something. I don't know if all this is right, but it is what my coach told me. If anyone could straighten me out on this, I would be appreciative. Thanks!

You're right about the scholarships for D1 tennis, 4.5 for men and 8 for women is the maximum. Bottom line is that some schools may have funding for the max number of scholarships other may not. Your best bet is to ask the coach about how many total scholarships they have available and how many scholarships they plan to give out to this years recruiting class. Also ask about what their assessment is of your ability and where they see you fitting in on their team. If you are talking this much to a coach and they have not offered a scholarship ask them if they are considering extending one to you. If not, what do you have to do in the short term to earn one, etc.?

You are now experiencing what a job interview is like. :) Good luck.

Cameron
10-28-2008, 02:25 PM
You're right about the scholarships for D1 tennis, 4.5 for men and 8 for women is the maximum. Bottom line is that some schools may have funding for the max number of scholarships other may not. Your best bet is to ask the coach about how many total scholarships they have available and how many scholarships they plan to give out to this years recruiting class. Also ask about what their assessment is of your ability and where they see you fitting in on their team. If you are talking this much to a coach and they have not offered a scholarship ask them if they are considering extending one to you. If not, what do you have to do in the short term to earn one, etc.?

You are now experiencing what a job interview is like. :) Good luck.

Thanks, that is good information. I am not talking to any one coach very much, just e-mailing some. I am only a junior, so the coaches are recruiting for 2009, not 2010 right now. I will ask them how many scholarships they have. Thanks!

Undrayon
10-31-2008, 12:16 PM
Arkansas is a GREAT school. I live in Texas but all my family grew up there. The school is quickly rising in rank (overall) due to all the money contributed by Wal-Mart.

I'm on a restricted computer (somehow let's me on here?) but I'm pretty sure the University of Texas at Arlington has a solid women's team.

JLyon
10-31-2008, 12:20 PM
Arkansas is a GREAT school. I live in Texas but all my family grew up there. The school is quickly rising in rank (overall) due to all the money contributed by Wal-Mart.

I'm on a restricted computer (somehow let's me on here?) but I'm pretty sure the University of Texas at Arlington has a solid women's team.

UTA does have a solid women's team, but a large majority are Czech or Eastern European going years back when Christian Wassmer was the coach.

I would recommend looking at SFA in Nacogdoches, Coach Arrant is a great coach to play for, Sam houston is another smaller D1 school that is competitve in the Southland Conference.
UCA, UALR, Arkansas State all have good teams as well.

andfor
11-05-2008, 05:29 AM
Good interview for those considering college tennis with Florida women's coach Roland Thornqvist on www.tennisrecruiting.net. Lot's of good points to consider no matter your level of play.