Follow the happenings of an animated college tennis coach and his teams in their pursuit of an NCAA National Tennis Championship. It is always the impressive trophy that is displayed for all to admire that gets the attention, but it is the journey to claiming that trophy, the relationships built, the people served and the memories created, that live forever...and what I hope you will find interesting...
The schedule for the annual spring trip to Florida has been finalized and is brimming with opportunity for the 2010 Clipper tennismen. The team will fly to Jacksonville, FL Saturday, February 27th and head to Saint Augustine, FL and a the familiar confines of the Ocean Gallery Beach Resort (pictured below). After a few days of practice in the out-of-doors and adjusting to the warmer temperatures, sun and wind, the Clippers will open up against the Bucs of Barry University on Monday, March 1st on the campus of Rollins College, a neutral site. The match is scheduled for 10:30am. Barry, currently ranked #2 in the ITA/NCAA II National poll, eliminated the Clippers in last season's National Semi-final.
Next up will be a shot at Armstrong Atlantic State University, the current #1 ranked team in the NCAA II and two-time defending National Champions. The match is scheduled to be played on the campus of the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL on Tuesday, March 2nd at 3pm.
The Clippers will stay in Saint Augustine to play the Saints of Flagler College Wednesday, March 3rd at 2:30pm. The Saints are currently ranked #34 in the NCAA II.
The final match is scheduled for Thursday, March 4th versus Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Dayton Beach, FL. The Clippers will be looking to beat the 2nd ranked Eagles (NAIA) for the first time in their history.
Clearly, any win will be a good win for the 9th ranked Clippers, especially an upset over either of the top two ranked programs in the NCAA II.
I got involved with Concordia Tennis as a way to honor my parents who were both professors and coaches at the college back in the 1960's and also to give back to the program that provided so much for me.
I started with a dream of taking a team to the National "Sweet 16". However, once we got there and I saw what it took to win a National Championship, it looked possible and that became my goal. I thought for a long time that I must have one. However, over time, I realized that it is more important to focus on building champions rather than winning championships and that relationships are far more important than achievements. Thus, a stronger purpose became clear. I am here to love, serve, care for and lead my teams...
"I came to realize that life lived to help others is the only one that matters, and that it is my duty, in return for the lavish life God has devolved upon me, to help others he has placed in my path." - Ben Stein
"You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy." - Arthur Ashe
“One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than fifty preaching it.” - Knute Rockne
“If what you did yesterday seems big, you haven't done anything today.” - Lou Holtz
"The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender." - Vince Lombardi
"The fewer rules a coach has, the fewer rules there are for players to break." - John Madden
"Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
"Success is a journey, not a destination." - Arthur Ashe
"Champions keep playing until they get it right." - Billie Jean King
"Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play." - Mike Singletary
"Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." - John Wooden
"The day you take complete responsibility for yourself, the day you stop making any excuses, that's the day you start to the top." - O.J. Simpson
"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts." - John Wooden
"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle
"If you want to be good, focus on making yourself better. If you want to be great, focus on making yourself and your team better." - Jon Gordon