TCU Ex Tweedie-Yates, Former Assistant Foster Earn Coaching Positions

Former TCU women’s tennis assistant coach Colin Foster was named the head women’s tennis coach at Wichita State University Wednesday, while Former TCU All-American and WTA professional Story Tweedie-Yates has accepted an assistant coach position at Fresno State for the 2009-10 season.

“It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Colin,” TCU head coach Jefferson Hammond said. “It’s bittersweet to see him leave, but I am so excited to see him get this opportunity. Colin has been such a big part of the program in my three years here. He’s really been my right hand man.”

“His attention to detail, demeanor with the players and overall attitude is phenomenal. He will be missed here for sure. He has meant a lot to our program.”

Foster came to the Metroplex in the fall of 2006, helping to lead TCU to a combined record of 54-28 and a trio of NCAA Tournament appearances during his tenure. The Frogs’ were also ranked among the nation’s top-30 in each his three seasons. Foster also garnered the Southwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year award in 2008 and 2009.

The Frogs are scheduled to take on the Shockers this season, traveling to Wichita State on March 26.

“It will be exciting to play at Wichita State this spring,” Hammond said. “It will be a little strange coaching against Colin instead of with him, but it will be a lot of fun.”

“Story was a fierce competitor and a leader on the court as a player and she should be the same as a coach,” TCU head coach Jefferson Hammond said. “It is great to see her with a nice position for a quality team. It is neat to see a former Frog become a coach.”

During Tweedie-Yates’ college career, she earned All-American honors in singles and doubles during her senior year at TCU in 2004-05. She finished the season ranked No. 11 in the final ITA Tennis Singles Rankings and led her squad to the Conference-USA championship match. The Horned Frogs earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament that year and advanced to the second round. She was also the Conference-USA Player of the Year and earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI honors.

Professionally Tweedie-Yates played four years on the WTA tour with 143 singles and 159 doubles matches in her career. She reached a career high singles ranking of 316 on Jan. 15, 2007, and 189 in doubles on May 25, 2009 and competed as recently as August of 2009.

Tweedie-Yates provided private instruction to elite junior players in a Seattle-based club. She also served as a student assistant for both the men’s and women’s tennis teams at TCU from 2005-07.

Poker, the Zoo and Housecleaning

It has been awhile since posting. Call it work, illness and lack of sleep, but whatever the reason, I have been away. I apologize.

PENN STATE PLAYER WINS $450K!

Wow, this morning I found out that former(?) Penn State player Jake Toole won over $450k playing in the Full Tilt Online Poker Series VIII. I am not sure if he’s still on the team, but as you can see, he did play last fall… I have actually played on the virtual felt with him, but this is insane. Congrats.
http://news.bluffmagazine.com/online-poker-poligraph-psutennis11-score-nearly-500000-each-6541/

http://www.collegetennisonline.com/PennStateUniversity-M-Tennis/Player.aspx?plId=69993

http://www.pocketfives.com/profiles/jet5087

HOLINER MAKES A RUN AT THE ZOO

David Holiner, who fell to in the first round to Ryan Noble, won an incredible 10 matches in the back draw before falling to Tennys Sandgren. Along the way he beat Max Stevens, Fred Saba, Bob Overbeek and Sekou Coker Bangour. I will give another rundown soon of all National Events of recent.

RANDOM WOMEN’S POSTINGS

If you have missed the comments, a poster has been updating women’s signings across the Big XII here

http://www.texascollegetennis.com/?p=1454

These are great and thanks!

Like I said, I have been away for a bit and really owe more info. I will defintely get to it this week.

Pro Circuit News, Midwest thumps Texas, Zoo News and Reading

GODFREY

We first need to catch up on the happenings in Godfrey. Both Austin Krajicek and Luis Diaz-Barriga advanced to the quarterfinals. Krajicek had a great win over Michael McClune (63 64) before dropping a strange on to Adam El Mihdawy (76 63). I don’t mean this in a bad way, but I just figured Austin would win that one. El Mihdawy was actually the first player Steve Denton and Bob McKinley tried to recruit when they started at A&M. He’s a good player, but hasn’t fared well in Futures here in the States. The last few months he has been getting a few points here and there in India and Egypt.

Diaz-Barriga beat Conor Pollock (36 63 63) before falling to Matt Reid (63 64). Luigi also reached the semis in doubles before falling to eventual champions Todd Paul and Cory Parr, 10-5, in the third set breaker. Paul and Parr needed a tiebreaker in every match prior to the finals, then crushed Colt Gaton and Michael Venus 61 64 in the championship.

Jeff Dadamo fell in the second round to Holden Seguso.

ST. JOSPEH

Friend of the site, Ashley Weinhold, captured the doubles at The Heartland Clinic $10k in St. Joseph, MO over the weekend, teaming with Irina Falconi. Congrats to Ash.

DECATUR

Lots of Texans (or collegiate Texans) are in the draw at the USTA/Ursala Beck $10k in Decatur.

Ashwin Kumar (Round Rock and Harvard) plays top-seeded Phillip Simmonds in the first round. Somehow I missed this, but Ashwin won the doubles at the Ireland F2 last month on carpet outdoors in Fitzwilliam, Ireland. He has been playing mostly in Mexico, Ireland and recently in Indianapolis.

Conor Pollock got a wild card into the main draw and is playing Juan-Manuel Elizondo. It is a first match on tomorrow. Should he win, he would likely face Arnau Brueges. They didn’t get to play earlier in the college season when Brueges suffered from back spasms in College Station that day.

The interesting match of the day is a likely preview of a #1 showdown in the spring when Austin Krajicek takes on Denes Lukacs. It is also a first match on tomorrow.

Jeff Dadamo gets #2-seed Michael McClune in the first round and Luis Diaz-Barriga plays Roy Kalmanovich.

Diaz-Barriga and Elizondo are again the top-seeds this week, while Krajicek and Pollock are seeded third.

MIDWEST THUMPS TEXAS

The Midwest section put the beat down on the Texas section today at the USTA Boys 18s National Team Championship, 8-1. The Midwest team is stacked with Chase Buchanan and Evan King at the top of the lineup. Harry Fowler gave Buchanan a run in a 46 76 63 loss, while Ben Chen fell to King, 76 75. The lone bright spot for Texas was Daniel Whitehead’s 75 36 61 win over Billy Bertha.

Texas is 2-1 in the team competition, having defeated Northern, 9-0, and Mo Valley, 7-2 (Sock won both matches).

ZOO NEWS

The draws are out for Kalamazoo and there are some great early match-ups. I haven’t studied them too hard, but the ones I did see right off the bat were a potential third round match between Ben Chan and Harry Fowler. Colette Lewis at Zootennis.com mentioned the David Holiner and Ryan Noble first rounder. I will dig through those more.

STUFF I AM READING TODAY

Recruiting 101 by Marcia Frost – How do I let a coach know I want to play college tennis?
http://www.examiner.com/x-6611-College-Tennis-Examiner~y2009m8d3-Recruiting-101-How-do-I-let-a-coach-know-I-want-to-play-college-tennis?cid=exrss-College-Tennis-Examiner

Andrea Jaeger story on her troubles these days with her charity
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/03/us/03aspen.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=jaeger&st=cse