July 14, 2011
By Ricky Becker
Former Brown Coach and current manager of Sportime Syosset/Bethpage Jay Harris has been a great source of information for me. Although we constantly debate how much kids actually improve in college, he is generally “spot on” with his take on things.
March 21, 2011
By Ricky Becker
Humbly, Jay Harris and I know a lot about college tennis. But this does not stop our college tennis debates. Jay was kind enough to let me interview him for some insight.
January 25, 2011
By Ricky Becker
Most high school-aged kids who are thinking about playing college tennis have heard about the hyped college video. Who needs it? What should be on it? When should they be sent? These are always amongst the first questions people ask me when I meet with them.
November 30, 2010
By Ricky Becker
My experiences were 15 years ago, but I remember them like yesterday. I stepped foot on Stanford’s Palo Alto, Calif. campus, an academically and socially unconfident kid from Long Island.
October 1, 2010
By Ricky Becker
The life of a college tennis player is different in many respects and similar in many respects. Here is the second part of miscellaneous information about college tennis life.
August 5, 2010
By Ricky Becker
The life of a college tennis player is different in many respects and similar in many respects. Here are some nuggets of information about college tennis life. More nuggets will be available in the next issue of Long Island Tennis Magazine.
June 8, 2010
By Ricky Becker
Many relationship magazines like to run columns with the format “What a member of one gender says and what the member of the other gender really hears.” This column delves into the topic of speaking with a college coach. What a prospective student-athlete says and what the coach really hears.
March 25, 2010
By Ricky Becker
In the last issue of Long Island Tennis Magazine, we discussed three myths: (1) Going to a school that you would want to attend if you ever stopped playing tennis; (2) The importance of liking your coach during recruiting; and (3) Asking kids on the team about the coach and school is worthless.
January 1, 2010
By Ricky Becker
There are some "nuggets" of wisdom in regard to selecting a college that are way too simplistic and misguided. These nuggets were around when I was playing junior tennis 25 years ago and are still preached.
November 1, 2009
By Ricky Becker
I used to get mocked from my friends about that all the time. I was fortunate enough to get admitted to a college (Stanford University) that rejected some of the smartest kids from my high school (Roslyn High School). I wasn’t a moron, but by my own admission, I didn’t have the standard academic profile Stanford usually looks for. I had earned a high enough national tennis ranking that the tennis team was very interested in having me attend and contribute to the Stanford program.
January 1, 2009
By Sunny Fishkind
As the assistant coach of men’s and women’s tennis at Hofstra University, I had the pleasure of starting the team off this year, but was truly happy when our athletic director hired a new head coach, Amanda Foukas. The team has been truly impressed with Coach Foukas, as she has great plans for both the men’s and women’s programs. If you get a chance, read all about Amanda on the Hofstra University Web site, www.hofstra.edu.