wow, can UCSB challenge LBS for the Big West championship?
But who are they recruiting? Lots of seniors last season..guess we'll see good Canucks at SB?
Good hire tennis wise. Gonna change a lot of things there.. intensity to start. More agressive recruiting next. And he's a fairly good X & O coach.
If they fund him up a little more (int'ls) they could be super strong. Having said that, his super strong teams included girls that should not have been eligible in MHO (Gloria and # 2 Russian.. both serious prize money as I recall)... most recent 3 classes have tailed off for either recruiting, admissions or geographic reasons... plus lousy academics at Fresno too. Maybe the Euro girls figured out it was a crappy place to live for four years?
Can't blame him for leaving.
Compete: YES... maybe not year one with the graduations and no recruiting this year... but that could leave him wide open to make a huge impact a year from now.
He will change the culture... this is a SERIOUS tennis coach; not someone who lets the team run the roost.
Lastly, he has his hands full with several of the current team who are 'interesting' on court and rumored to have been part of the coup that took out the old coach. Good luck changing the crew without starting a riot THIS YEAR.
But down road, if UCSB can give him funding and int'l admissions, they could supplant several traditional BW schools. Easy recruiting of CA kids if you can offer just a bit more money... # 1 choice behind the four Calif. Pac 12 schools.
Having said that, if the CA state budget gets any worse it ain't gonna matter for anyone but SD State (football money) and Hawaii (football money). The UC's could face as bad or worse tuition/fee increases than the CSU's are getting.
Next question: Who does Fresno hire? Yikes... terrible place to live.