College Coaches captaining Davis Cup?

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  1. Tennis player 43

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    Just to throw the question out there. I read a comment on zootennis, where someone wrote in asking, if the US Davis Cup team would be better served by a top college coach such as Manny Diaz or Peter Smith captaining Davis Cup, rather than a former player. I tend to agree with this. After all, these guys are "leaders". They know how to deal with team situations and how to motivate a team. Yesterday, our singles players just didn't seem ready to go. I doubt that would have happened with one of those guys out there. Not to say that there aren't other fine college coaches who could also get the job done.

    The person who wrote the article gave reference to Duke's Coach K., who has now coached USA basketball for I believe the last 6 years, assisted by NBA and college coaches. Of course USA basketball has been quite successful and he has dealt with the players personalities well.

    Just throwing the question out there. I'm sure guys like Jim Courier know tennis well, but do they know what to do as far as what's best for the "team"

    Let me know what you guys think.
     
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  2. Kirijax

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    I'm surprised I have never thought of this idea but it makes perfect sense. Bring in the best players and bring in the best coaches. The best team coaches in the world would be the college coaches. But maybe the pros have such an ego that they would only follow a big name like Coach K. Is there such a coach in college tennis?
     
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  3. andfor

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    Luke Jensen just retired from the women's coach at Syracuse. I'm sure many will laugh at the suggestion because he coached Syracuse women, did not win a championship and his claim to tennis fame is a FO Dubs championship with his brother. Just saying.

    Overall, I'm pretty sure Davis Cup and Fed Cup players at the top level, will lean to listening to a former pro turned coach.
     
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  4. JW10S

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    Some of the Davis Cup players did not attend college, so a college coach might not get the respect a former pro player who has played Davis Cup would. Besides, Davis Cup teams play at most 4 times a year, so it's not like a college team that plays together everyday for months. College teams have up to 12 players, Davis Cup has 4, and not always the same 4. Davis Cup and college tennis are different.
     
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  5. Clemson_tennis

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    many of the smaller nations are college quality or even lower. Several former college players play Davis Cup and its not even always the best college players either.


    this week in all rounds(former college players):

    Nedovyesov for Kazakhstan (switched recently from Ukraine)
    Emilio Gomez for Ecuador
    Gonzalo Escobar (texas tech) for Ecuador
    Jose Hernandez for Dominican Republic
    Robert Farah for Colombia
    Somdev Devvarman for India
    Sanam Singh for India
    Saketh Myneni (Alabama) for India
    Blaz Rola for Slovenia
    Marcelo Arevalo (Tulsa) for El Salvador
    Andres Bucaro (FSU) for Guatemala
    Boris Arias (LSU) for Bolivia --- listed but he's with LSU this weekend...
    Treat Huey for the Philippines
    Jean Andersen for South Africa
    Teddy Angelinos for Greece
    Dimitar Kutrovsky for Bulgaria

    not to mention guys that would have been selected but are currently playing and could not leave their college teams. Guys like: Soren Hess-Olesen for Denmark, John Morrissey for Ireland, Phillippe Tsangarides for Cyprus, Diego Galaeno for Paraguay and Herko Pollanen for Finland.
     
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    Many smaller nations don't have college tennis, and the college players who played on their teams played in the US. College teams practice and play for 7-9 months, Davis Cup teams don't. They come together for a week here and there 1-4 times a year. It's not the same.
     
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    I know. My point was that a college coach would not be out of his league coaching many of the Davis Cup nations and in some cases a college college coach would be an upgrade. But yes I know it's not the same thing, since it's not a season.
     
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    That was before that news leaked. Has that been confirmed? Not doubting it though. From what I've read here it almost sounds like posters close to the program are providing knowledge from first hand experience.

    Patrick McEnroe played college tennis. How'd that work out?

    The premise of the team concept is flawed and translating it to Davis Cup magnifies it. At the end of the day, team tennis is still an individual effort in singles, and a doubles match. Question is, can the Davis Cup captain effectively coach on court singles and doubles? It's not like a good college coach is going to have some inside knowledge that allows him to magically select the number #150 player in the world who is some sort of great team guy over the #30 guy in the world who is just flat out a better player day in and day out.
     
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    Peter Bertran (UGA recruit) playing for the Dominican Republic beat former USC Trojan Robert Farah 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 in a dead rubber.
     
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    Nik Schultz for S Africa played in previous round so commitment to College also prohibited him, I assume
     
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    He would be an upgrade from Jean Andersen for sure who they did choose.
     
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