Clemson University is a NCAA Division 1 school and they are coached by the very capable Nancy Harris. She has been a popular coach wherever she has been and before coming to Clemson she was the both the Men’s and Women’s Coach at AUM.
I actually had a difficult time finding the roster for the Clemson team. Clemson does have a separate link for it and you can find it if you go the the pdf. they provide in the media guide. The 2012-2013 Women’s roster is almost completely filled with female players from around the globe. There is one American on the team from Bradenton, FL. This type of roster is not unusual for Coach Harris. She has always been a recruiter of the foreign athletes as she did so to a large degree while at AUM during her years there. And Coach Harris obviously does a good job recruiting the foreign athletes because her Clemson teams are always in the NCAA mix and representing the ACC with a top 20 team.
The Syracuse Women’s Tennis Team is also a NCAA Division 1 school and they are coached by former ATP touring pro Luke Jensen. The Syracuse roster is found at this link right out in the open on the athletic department’s site and it is not difficult to find. Luke Jensen is known to only really recruit American girls to play on his team at Syracuse and you can examine their roster here. He does have one player from Lima, Peru. She is a walk-on player to the team.
In Luke’s case his road to the Top 20 is probably not going to happen as fast as it has for Coach Harris. In fact, it might not ever happen, but Luke has said on the “American Tennis Radio Show” with Coach Chuck Kriese he and his Athletic Director are not measuring success by just wins on the court. They are measuring success by how Luke is able to develop his players.
So again we have two different programs and two separate roads these teams have taken. Which one is better–that is for you to decide. We just like bringing up the differences so they can be noted.0
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