the lines are still good

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...

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Weekly Winners...

Greetings again friends. A bit of a short tennis week due to the Thanksgiving holiday but still some noteworthy "Winners of the Week."

  • Team enjoys much appreciated Thanksgiving holiday days off
  • Team body fat percentage remains within range at 12.4 %
  • 89% of team complete “23”
  • Brain Game planning continues
  • Flip Ultra HD camera with gorilla pod purchased for video analysis and media compilation

Share the good things. Report any winners in the comment section.

Nuff said...

Post Thanksgiving steak-feast...

Smith & Wollensky, NYC @ 49th and 3rd. A heck of a good meal. It's going to be a slow day on the squash court for me on Monday...

Nuff said, and eaten...

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving...

Happy Thanksgiving to all my "the lines are still good" fans. Today I am truly thankful for friends and family. In addition, I am also thankful for the opportunity to be associated with my tennis family. Thankful for the efforts of players, coaches, administrators, and player parents whom have sent their loved ones to New York to be in our program.

I know that the players are certainly thankful to have a few days off from my conditioning schedule. For some reason however, I am starting to get the feeling that players are seeing the value of my program. I could just be dreaming though...maybe one day...

I look forward to a great day of merriment and wish the same for all of you.

May God bless you all and be well.

Nuff said...

Monday, November 22, 2010

Weekly Winners...

Ok pals, here is the next edition of the "Winners of the Week"...

  • Players determine and submit goals
  • Team reviews “Characteristics of Good Goals”
  • Team receives athletic gear from the athletic department consisting of dri-fit shirt and mesh shorts
  • Bronxville Broncos win New York State Championship in varsity girls soccer - this is Bronxville’s second state title this year
  • Entire team completes “22” and will start working on “23”
  • College professor reports that Daniele Piludu is an excellent student and among the best in her class
  • Possibility of bringing “The Brain Game” and Craig O’Shannessey to Concordia for his presentation about tennis strategy discussed

Many good things are happening each day. Please report any "winners" in the comment section of this post.

Nuff said...

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Weekly Winners...

Yes friends, it's time again for the "Winners of the Week"...

  • Rankings (Fall/Preseason) for the ITA East Region are released. Concordia remains #1 since 4/2005
  • Clippers have 7 of top 10 ranked singles players in region and 4 of top 10 doubles pairs
  • Coaches Neil and Daniel begin squash for the purpose of fitness
  • Team begins resistance component to conditioning program
  • Shipment of “Fluid” received
  • Andrey Boldarev and Daniele Piludu ranked #14 & #39 respectively in NCAA II singles
  • Boldarev & Piludu ranked #7 in doubles NCAA II
  • Geza Bazula & Tamas Dobrotka ranked #26 in doubles NCAA II
  • Bronxville Broncos and Jessica Tarangioli advance to New York State semifinal (Girls Soccer) defeating Highland 3-0
  • Andrey Boldarev advances to third round of USA F31 – eventually defeated in three sets by Tyler Hochwalt (#708 ATP)

Many good things are happening each day. Please report any "winners" in the comment section of this post.

Nuff said..

Sunday, November 14, 2010

National Rankings Released...

The ITA has released the Fall / Preseason rankings (click here for full rankings) and your Clippers have maintained their place at #10. The team rankings are identical to the final rankings from last season despite roster changes and some significant fall play. However, the national chair and some of the committee's more "influential" members have decided to use a new philosophy this fall, so there has been no movement. But enough about that.

As I mentioned, we have kept our #10 ranking which still places us among the elite in the division. However, that being said, I believe that we deserve a better ranking and we will demonstrate this in the spring when we have the chance to play many ranked teams.

Also, we are pretty well represented in the individual singles and doubles rankings. Andrey Boldarev checks in at #14 and Daniele Piludu at #39. I am not sure that we will ever be able to get our entire top 6 ranked in the top 20 nationally like some other schools, but I am sure we will have better representation when certain "influential" coaches see our guys play and see some of their results.

We also have two doubles teams ranked. Boldarev and Piludu are #7 and Tamas Dobrotka and Geza Bazula are #26. Our doubles has been pretty impressive so far considering that we have four new teams playing together. I am not certain that these will be the teams that will be taking to the courts in the spring but doubles will be an area that we focus quite a bit on and an area that we will need to improve to be successful going forward (no pun intended).

We are working hard in the off season and will continue to do so. I expect that the players will be in the collective best shape of their lives and will be ready to compete versus any team on the schedule. I look forward to reviewing the players goals and helping them to achieve great things. Lets be special.

Nuff said...

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Fall "Preseason" Rankings...

Greetings Clipper tennis fans. The ITA rankings have been released and are being called the "Fall/Preseason" rankings. Things have changed a bit as the rankings are not so much based on action that has taken place in the fall but rather mainly reflect how the season ended last May. This seems odd to me but since there are no specific ranking criteria suggested by the ITA ranking chairman, this is what we have to report.

East Region:


1. Concordia College 2. Queens College
3. Bentley University
4. Philadelphia University
5. Merrimack College
6. Southern New Hampshire University
7. University of the Sciences (PA)
8. Chestnut Hill College
9. Stonehill College
10. Adelphi University


1. Andrey Boldarev - Concordia
Daniele Piludu - Concordia 3. Attila Toth - Queens
4. Felix Missal - Concordia
5. David Tisserand - Concordia
6. Geza Bazula - Concordia
7. Tamas Dobrotka - Concordia
8. Tomas Gajdusek – UDC
9. Andreas Lindell – Concordia10. Patryk Polus - Queens
11. Juan Arango-Campo - Southern New Hampshire
12. Alvaro Vargas – USP
13. Tim Fayed - Stonehill
14. Mario Gutierrez – Chestnut Hill
15. Dave Burstein - Queens


1. Boldarev / Piludu – Concordia
2. Bazula / Dobrotka – Concordia
3. Toth / Burstein – Queens
4. Tisserand / Lindell – Concordia 5. Kazekevich / Vargas – USP
6. Burke / Sqouros – Philadelphia
7. Wever / Ribeiro – Bentley
8. Polus / Smith – Queens
9. Missal / Frey – Concordia10. Nieves / Voynov - Adelphi

As you can see by the plentiful bold, blue font, your Concordia netmen are well represented. The ITA national rankings are scheduled to be released 11/9/10 provided they are approved by the national committee. We look to continue our top 10 team ranking and also to have players ranked nationally in the singles and doubles. Check back soon...

Join me in congratulating the players.

Nuff said...

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Winners of the Week...

Friends, many good things are going on around us each and every day. Listed below are the good things in our tennis family or the "Winners of the Week".

Players begin speed & agility conditioning sessions

Players orientated to resistance component of conditioning program

Blog updated displaying video footage of conditioning training sessions @

Team average body fat calculated to be 10.8%

Team has positive review of “Fluid” recovery drink and “Go” bars

The Bronxville High School Broncos varsity girls soccer team, starring Coach Neil’s daughter Jessica, have won the sectional title and advanced to the state championship tournament (click here for story).

Nuff said...

Monday, November 01, 2010


Today marked a good start to the team's conditioning program. We will be working hard on speed and agility as well as strength and power in the off season. For the first day, the team did a nice job. However, conditioning is an area where we can really improve. I can not guarantee that your Clippers are the most talented tennis team in the country, but we will be among the best conditioned and hardest working as long as I am associated with the program.

Have a peek at some agility footage below. As you can see, Felix has already improved his foot speed!

Nuff said...