Right now if you were to take a look at the college tennis rosters across the country you would see great portions of team rosters filled with players whose names are mostly hard to pronounce and even harder to understand. This strikes some people as totally wrong and if I were able to get back into college coaching I would try my level best to do it with the American sounding names and not the foreign names. Names like Tsukamoto, Melian, Skogeng, Lutjen and Bogaerts could belong to Americans but they do not. These players come from all over the world to play tennis here in the United States. And I think they should be free to do so. But the scholarships pool is constricting and there are less and less opportunities for young Americans–especially on the Men’s side of the equation. I would like to see more incentives in place to encourage more collegiate coaches to search the American landscape for their players.
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Our guest today is Mike DePalmer, Sr. Mr. DePalmer is now retired and lives in the Nashville, TN. area. His son, daughter and grandkids are all accomplished tennis players.
On the July 5th edition of the We Coach TENNIS radio show our guest is Doug Pielet. Doug is from Aurora, Illinois and he played on the Men’s Tennis Team at the University of Texas at Austin from 1983 to 1987. Upon receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in advertising, Doug was awarded the Earl Campbell Scholarship, and he was named to the Outstanding College Students of America. Doug came to UT from the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, which he also attended on a full tennis scholarship. In 1983 Doug Pielet was a member of the USTA Junior Davis Cup Team. Coach Pielet is currently the Director of Tennis at the LTP Tennis Club in Charleston, S.C.
Prior to joining LTP Tennis, Doug was the Director of Tennis at the prestigious Thornblade Club in Greer, SC for 16 years. Doug’s tennis career spanned more than four decades, as a formally nationally ranked junior champion, a professional player and an instructor. As a nationally ranked junior tennis player, Doug won numerous national championships.