Last month I had the opportunity to sit down with Roland Thornqvist, head coach of the University of Florida women to talk about coaching, recruiting and all things college tennis.
These interviews are fascinating for me, and I'm determined to try to do more of them in the future. So far I've done these question and answer sessions with Brian Boland of Virginia, Bryan Shelton of Georgia Tech, Peter Smith of Southern Cal, Manny Diaz of Georgia and now Thornqvist. In every case, I've been struck by the candid and thoughtful responses, and although no two coaches are alike, all share a confidence and awareness that makes these interviews enjoyable and enlightening for me.
The Thornqvist interview is available now at the Tennis Recruiting Network.
It seems as if every day this month there has been big news in the college coaching department, and today was no different, with Southern Cal associate coach George Husack announced as men's head coach at the University of Alabama. Husack, who was with USC three years, takes over for Billy Pate, who left to take the job at Princeton.
For more on Husack's previous coaching experience, see the complete release.
There are still a few jobs still open, with both Fresno State's men's and women's teams seeking head coaches, along with Georgia Tech women, University of South Florida men, William and Mary women, among others.
I've been spending quite a bit of time on college athletic websites recently with all this activity, and I've run across a few transfer announcements of interest.
Nelson Vick has left Ohio State and will be joining the University of North Carolina.
The University of Michigan has announced the transfer of Vlad Stefan to their school and tennis program. Stefan was a freshman at Maryland last year. With the Maryland men's program slated for elimination, other players with eligibility remaining are likely to transfer, so more such announcements should be coming in the next few months.
On the women's side, Tulane announced that Clemson's Klara Vyskocilova will transfer in, with two years of eligibility remaining.
And Boise State is adding Sammie Watson, who played one year at the University of Utah.