I decided it was time to update this page again, since it has been over three years since the last time I had done so (August 12, 2013) which was over five years since the previous time I had done so (March 30, 2008).
Welcome to texascollegetennis.com, the source of information for collegiate tennis across the Lone Star State. I still hope this is your conduit to the college tennis world, especially when it comes to Texas teams and players with Texas ties.
This site was created on a whim (and anonymously for over a year) one afternoon back in the spring of 2008. I was working for the USTA and every afternoon I would take a break, put on my headphones and walk down the street to the corner store. It was a great opportunity to refresh my brain and get the blood flowing for the rest of the work day. One one particular afternoon, I was rehashing a conversation I had with a friend and the idea of this website was born. Upon returning to the office, I immediately bought the domain name and by the end of the evening had a website up and running.
Over the years it has grown in some aspects and withered in others. I took a position with The University of Texas back in the Spring of 2011 and the site had to take a more stale approach, as to not violate any Big 12 or NCAA rules. That will likely change and I hope to revert back to my snarky old self.
This is a great time for tennis in Texas, especially at the collegiate level. In Division I, Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Rice, Texas Tech and TCU are all playing great tennis on the men’s AND women’s side. North Texas, SFA and Houston are making advances on the women’s side and strengthening the depth within the state. Division II has had St. Edward’s and Abilene Christian achieving but now ACU heads to Division I. Trinity is always Trinity in D-III, while UT-Tyler has also made the NCAA Tournament in recent years. In the JuCo ranks, Texas schools always seem to dominate. Tyler, Temple and Laredo (and the no-longer Lee) have all won national championships in years past.
In this blog, I used to post news on players, coaches, teams from NCAA Division I all the way to JuCo. I would re-post as many press releases from contributing schools as I got from the various SIDs across the state. I am a former SID myself and know that any way you can get information out on your program is important. Unfortunately (or maybe not in your mind), I have drifted form that.
In the past I also attacked the tough topics like recruiting, foreign involvement and Texas players being recruited (or not) by the Texas schools. I will also made some time for those players from Texas who have elected to play out of state. Who knows where I will head now?
For the most part, I will tackle some topics that are important to college tennis and the ITF Pro Circuit as a whole. During the season I will also bring you the rankings I generate, as well as prognostications on the NCAA Tournament. For several years, I have been able to predict all 64 men’s teams that made the NCAA Tournament before they were announced.
So I hope you enjoy the site and please stay tuned for my progress. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach me at sixmanguru (at) gmail (you know the rest)
I encourage you to follow the site via twitter, as this is usually how I announce any changes to the site.
It is time to get back to work