ITA Preseason Rankings; Roditi Confirmed as TCU Men's Coach; Jeff Wyshner Takes Wake Forest Women's Top Spot, Other Coaching, College News
I don't believe I've posted a link to the ITA preseason rankings, which now include a new set of rankings for freshmen. NCAA finalist Jana Jurikova of Cal-Berkeley is No. 1 in the women's rankings, followed by Hilary Barte of Stanford, Maria Sanchez of Southern Cal, and Lauren Embree and Allie Will of Florida. Kristie Ahn of Stanford is the top-rated freshman.
JP Smith of Tennessee occupies the top spot in the men's rankings, followed by Henrique Cunha of Duke, NCAA champion Bradley Klahn of Stanford, Guillermo Gomez of Georgia Tech, and Chase Buchanan of Ohio State. Alex Domijan of Virginia is the top-rated freshman. For those of you who missed the tweet, Buchanan is in Colombia as a hitting partner for the U.S. Davis Cup team.
The top women's doubles team is Mari Andersson and Jurikova of Cal, while Cunha and Reid Carleton are the top-ranked men's doubles team.
The qualifying tournament at the U.S. Open juniors is one place where the density of college coaches is even greater than at the USTA Nationals, primarily because there are men's and women's coaches gathered in the same place.
Two of the newest Division I head coaches were there: David Roditi, the former USTA National coach who returns to his alma mater at TCU, and former Akron coach Jeff Wyshner, who takes over the Wake Forest women's head coaching job. . In the Ivy League, Division III Middlebury men's coach Dave Schwarz has accepted the head coaching position at Brown. In the MAC, Georgia Tech women's assistant Anca Dumitrescu has been named head women's coach at Miami(Ohio).
With Dumitrescu's departure, former Georgia Tech player Alison Silverio Witsken has taken the assistant's position at her alma mater. It has not yet been announced by Ohio State, but Justin Kronauge, who completed his eligibility this spring, will take the assistant's position for Ty Tucker's team.
And speaking of assistants, North Carolina men's assistant Tripp Phillips was the subject of this video feature from the New York Times, which examines what it is the college coaches are looking for when they watch a recruit.
Finally, here is the New York Times Karen Crouse's excellent story on the current trend toward college for U.S. juniors.