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Old May 8th, 2011, 05:57 PM   #91
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"followed you on twitter".....and so?
You know twitter? People "follow" people and see what they are up too. Twitter is like posting a whole bunch of Facebook statuses. You let your followers know what you are up to. And I don't know what she has said. You have to request to follow her on Twitter
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Old May 8th, 2011, 08:17 PM   #92
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You know twitter? People "follow" people and see what they are up too. Twitter is like posting a whole bunch of Facebook statuses. You let your followers know what you are up to. And I don't know what she has said. You have to request to follow her on Twitter
I don't think he was confused about twitter was, I think he was wondering why it matters that she followed you
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I don't think he was confused about twitter was, I think he was wondering why it matters that she followed you
Tucker........thank you for helping our tennisbuddy. In reading his post it was like we were to be impressed or surprised that someone was following him.......my point was, 'so what'.......what did she have to say?
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Re: Coaching changes - NCAA Div. 1

Oops, I never clarified Sorry!

She hasnt said anything to me, but she followed me once word got out about the whole controversy with the team, specifically when TF started talking about it. Maybe she is on here?
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Interesting if the article below will result in a coaching change or mass player exodus.

Players speak out against Wisconsin's tennis head coach

Pressure to follow strict eating rules damaging athletes’ physical, mental well-being

By Tom Sakash
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 9:00 p.m.
Updated Thursday, May 5, 2011 12:56:31 a.m.

Several members of the University of Wisconsin women’s tennis team have come forward to The Badger Herald illuminating issues with the team’s head coach, saying his actions have put the players’ health at risk.

According to phone interviews with four players, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, head coach Brian Fleishman places strict limitations on what they eat and how they train, which has forced several girls to surrender to unhealthy lifestyles.

“Honestly, we’re controlled through fear, which is a coaching mechanism that a lot of coaches can implement successfully, but the bigger issue here is that it has been decided on our team that [Fleishman] has issues with food,” one of the women said.

According to several members of the team, Fleishman has instilled fear into his players, which has afflicted serious physical and mental damage on many of them. Through his behavior, certain players have battled with anorexia because of Fleishman’s constant focus on their diets.

Associate Athletic Director Justin Doherty said the athletic department was not aware of the situation and that every head coach goes through a rigorous review process each year by senior members of the athletic department. He also reiterated the university’s commitment to its athletes’ safety.

“The welfare of student athletes is and always will be one of our most top priorities,” Doherty said. “That remains to this point.”

The players say several team members have sought out psychological treatment to heal the wounds inflicted on them and that players have started taking antidepressant and anti-anxiety medications due to the stressful environment created by Fleishman.

One member of the team remembers watching a teammate deteriorate right before her eyes.

“I saw emotionally how her relationship with Brian took a toll on her,” she said. “She started getting anxiety attacks after he sent her an email that her game wasn’t up to par. He threatened that she had to do a lot of extra workouts and from that she got an eating disorder, she became bulimic and got worse and worse throughout the year.”

According to several members of the team, in addition to players, Fleishman’s actions have affected assistant coach Audra Cohen.

Members of the team approached Cohen after they had noticed a change in her health and appearance.

“She was going through a very difficult time dealing with how Brian was running the program,” one player said.

Cohen declined to comment on the matter.

Several players believe Fleishman himself has an eating disorder. They say he is “obsessed with working out” and that he won’t eat in front of the team on road trips. They insist, because they are around the coach and his lifestyle on a daily basis, that his eating habits are forced on the team.

“He’s always looking for someone to put in his doghouse,” one player said. “There was never a time when he wasn’t trying to go after an individual.”

The players say they are afraid to reach out to university officials in fear they might lose their scholarships, especially because Fleishman has demonstrated that he is not afraid to dismiss players from the team.

According to one player, Fleishman kicked a player off the team for failing to cheer on a teammate and that Fleishman has revoked another player’s scholarship for failing to pass a fitness test.

“We were devastated that we were losing part of our team,” one player said. “We did not talk about it to Brian because he’s very unapproachable. … We didn’t have a whole team meeting about it, but the general consensus was we weren’t happy.”

“In most programs, you’re told when you’re recruited that the only way you lose your scholarship is by breaking a serious rule in terms of stealing, drugs, doing something illegal,” another member of the team said. “But he’s created a rule called ‘the zero tolerance policy’ that can get anyone off the team in a second, and in this fearful environment, he has 100 percent control over everything we do on a daily basis.”

Players say the situation became so ridiculous that one player created a comic book for her teammates depicting the lifestyle Fleishman leads.

The comic, which ends with Fleishman’s daily itinerary titled “Brian’s Schedule,” includes Fleishman’s many “policies,” his controlled lifestyle and the way he “yells” at certain members of the team on a regular basis. The comic also included satirical meal suggestions given to the players, such as “three pieces of lettuce.”

The creator of the comic recounted how Fleishman had once talked to one of her teammates.

“He actually commented to her about her weight and threatened her with it. He used anything that he saw her eat against her in the future when she’d lose her matches.”

Fleishman has been head coach at Wisconsin for four years. Prior to being hired at UW in 2007, he was head coach at Wake Forest from 1999 to 2005. He coached four individual national champions there and was named the 2000 ACC coach of the year, 2002 Wilson/ITA national coach of the year and the 2011 Big Ten co-coach of the year. Fleishman resigned from his position at Wake Forest in 2005.

Kyle Gibson, one of the team’s trainers, declined to comment on this matter due to confidentiality laws. Several calls made Wednesday to Fleishman were not returned.
Here's an update that came out today on this topic from the Badger Herald and the Athletic Department! http://badgerherald.com/sports/2011/...from_uw_at.php
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Re: Coaching changes - NCAA Div. 1

Here is the Wisconsin Assistant Coach job posting if anyone is interested

http://ncaamarket.ncaa.org/jobs/#/detail/4262125
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Re: Coaching changes - NCAA Div. 1

Aggie women’s tennis coach Bobby Kleinecke’s contract will not be renewed after coaching the team for 26 years!

I think this is the year you will see a lot of coaching changes taking place!
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Aggie women’s tennis coach Bobby Kleinecke’s contract will not be renewed after coaching the team for 26 years!

I think this is the year you will see a lot of coaching changes taking place!

http://www.aggieathletics.com/sports...052711aaa.html

Talk about a hostile press release between both parties. Schools rarely go that prominent with a dimissal and Kleinecke thanks to the two former AD's only. You don't see this in college tennis very often.

Still makes you wonder what went down with that bizarre host and seeding thing that went down this year with Texas A&M a host at # 31 which is completely unheard of. So first A&M wrongly hosts ($$$??) and then after falling to # 32 SMU (who were they a # 3 seed?) the fire the coach.

Something unspoken going on here?
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Still makes you wonder what went down with that bizarre host and seeding thing that went down this year with Texas A&M a host at # 31 which is completely unheard of.
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It's not really germane to the matter at hand, but for what it's worth Illinois were 34th ranked when they hosted their regional two years ago.
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Aggie women’s tennis coach Bobby Kleinecke’s contract will not be renewed after coaching the team for 26 years!
Just my outsider observations.

- Texas A&M has national top 10 caliber facilities. However their team ranking is outside the top 30. I don't recall seeing a recruiting class from Texas A&M being in the top 25 yearly recruiting class rankings by TRN.

- The Texas A&M AD probably expects a top 20 recruiting class and top 20 team ranking to be commensurate with their facilities. They probably want to get in the top 16 and host a regional every year.

- Texas A&M just won the women's basketball national title so they probably have raised expectations for some of their other programs.

- Some of these BCS schools think if they throw a lot of money around they can steal another school's coach. I wouldn't be surprised if Texas A&M poaches the nearby SMU coach who just reached the sweet 16 this season. Texas A&M has been recruiting foreigners the last few years and this is up the alley of the SMU coach.
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Audra Cohen is now the Head Coach at the University of North Florida.
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North Florida names Audra Cohen head coach

Here's the article. North Florida is in the Atlantic Sun Conference.


6/3/2011 7:41:24 PM

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – University of North Florida athletic director Lee Moon announced the hiring of Audra Cohen as the head coach for the UNF Women's Tennis program.

Cohen comes to UNF following a two-year stint as an assistant women's tennis coach for the University of Wisconsin. A former professional player on the WTA Tour, Cohen captured the 2007 NCAA Women's Singles Championship.

“We are extremely excited to have Audra leading our women's tennis program,” said Moon. “She is a talented young coach that not only brings a ton of energy but also a great understanding of what it takes to play at a championship level in college tennis. She was an All-American on and off the court during her playing career, which included a national championship and several Player of the Year honors. As a native of Florida, Audra is familiar with the area and having been a professional tennis player she has a wealth of connections in the tennis world at the regional, national and international levels. All of those traits made her the right choice to continue the development of the women's tennis program.”

Prior to joining the Wisconsin staff in 2009, Cohen competed on the USTA Pro Circuit, reaching a career-high ranking of No. 229 in 2008. She had an outstanding career as a collegian, becoming the only woman in history to reach the NCAA final competing at two different schools (Northwestern and Miami), and winning the 2007 NCAA singles title. A five-time All-American, Cohen was named the 2007 ITA National Player of the Year and won the 2007 Honda Sports Award as the nation's top collegiate female tennis player.

“I am very excited to be joining the UNF family and I am grateful for the opportunity that Coach Moon has given me,” said Cohen. “I look forward to working with the current members of the team and trying to impart some of the knowledge and experience that I gained during my collegiate and professional playing days. The UNF program has enjoyed some success and my plans are to build on those accomplishments through hard work on the court and in recruiting. I am thrilled to have the chance to be involved with developing a strong tennis program at UNF.”

A native of Plantation, Fla., Cohen began her collegiate playing career at Northwestern before transferring to Miami. In her freshman season with the Wildcats, she competed at the No. 1 singles position earning All-American honors in both singles and doubles. Cohen was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and Athlete of the Year, becoming only the second women's tennis player in conference history to sweep those two honors. In addition, she garnered ITA Midwest Regional Rookie Player of the Year Award and the ITA's National Rookie of the Year Award. Cohen capped her debut college season by reaching the NCAA Singles championship match. She finished the season with 51 wins tying her for third all-time in the modern era of NCAA Division I Women's Tennis (since 1988) and setting a Northwestern single-season wins record.

Following her freshman year, Cohen transferred back to her home state to play at the University of Miami. In her first season with the Hurricanes, she was named the ITA National Player of the Year, ACC Player of the Year, an All-ACC team member and a Honda Sports Award Finalist. She completed her first season at Miami as the No. 1 ranked collegiate tennis player in the country and No. 2 ranked doubles team in the country alongside UM teammate Melissa Applebaum. In addition, Cohen was voted All-American in singles and doubles for the second time in her career while being named to the All-NCAA tournament team at the No. 1 position.

As a junior at Miami, Cohen captured the school's first-ever NCAA women's singles title in May 2007 and was the No. 1-ranked college player in the country the entire season while also winning the National Indoor Championship during the fall season. She concluded her junior campaign by again earning ITA National Player of the Year and ACC Player of the Year accolades. Cohen was also awarded the 2007 Honda Sports Award for women's tennis. Following her championship season, Cohen decided to forgo her senior year at Miami to turn professional and earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Miami in 2009.

In addition to her stellar collegiate playing career, Cohen's professional career included captaining the 2007 Pan-American Olympic Team, participating in the US Open main draw in both singles and doubles and a USTA Pro Circuit title in 2006 in Evansville, Ind.

In May, the USTA named Cohen as one of four coaches to lead the 2011 USTA Men's and Women's Collegiate Teams, an elite training program for the top American collegiate tennis players. The program is designed to provide players with valuable exposure to the USTA Pro Circuit in a team-oriented environment during the year. She joins Jamea Jackson of Oklahoma State University in coaching the women's squad.

The teams, which feature up to 12 participants each, were named after the NCAA Championships in May. Team members were selected based on performance at those championships as well as the ITA All-Americans and National Indoor Championships. Players' results from USTA Pro Circuit, ATP or WTA events were also considered. Current pros who are past participants of the program include James Blake, Bob and Mike Bryan, John Isner, Amer Delic, Jesse Levine, Irina Falconi, and Jesse Witten.
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Re: Coaching changes - NCAA Div. 1

July 7 update... not many changes this year

North Florida... Audra Cohen the big one so far this year

Cal Poly... still screening over 80 applicants according to June webcast interview with AD

Texas A&M... no word yet after forcing out long long time coach

Coastal Carolina... 17 year head coach just resigned.
http://www.goccusports.com/sports/w-...061311aaa.html
(However, found it interesting that Zola Budd is an assistant track coach there; a long lost name from the past)

San Jose State.... 19 year head coach just resigned for admin job
http://www.sjsuspartans.com/ViewArti...DB_OEM_ID=5600
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AM hires Howard Joffe

http://www.aggieathletics.com/sports...071111aaa.html

Texas A&M hires Howard Joffe from Maryland (previously Miami-Ohio and previously USC asst).

Smart hire... he's very good and was doing some good stuff at Maryland
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Re: AM hires Howard Joffe

Well we knew Texas A&M was likely going to poach another school's coach.

I guess this is a good pairing. A school looking to steal another's coach hires someone who's quick to jump ship. Joffe 2 years at Miami-Ohio then jumps ship, followed by 2 years at Maryland before jumping ship again.

After Joffe jumped ship at Miami-Ohio his #1 player Monica Gorney also jumped ship. It will be interesting to see if any of Joffe's Maryland players will jump ship next.

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