There are approximately 1,100 colleges and universities that sponsor the sport of women’s tennis, including 316 schools in NCAA Division I, 211 schools in NCAA Division II, and 64 junior colleges. In men’s tennis, there are over 950 collegiate programs. Tennis scholarships are not just awarded at NCAA schools as there are 102 NAIA schools that compete in men’s tennis, with 115 NAIA schools that offer the sport of women’s tennis.
Tuesday night, our blog radio show guest will be Simon Earnshaw the head men’s and women’s tennis coach at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA. He will help explain the scholarship and competition opportunities available in college tennis for men and women to our listeners blow up jumpers.
Coach Earnshaw is a former collegiate tennis student-athlete at Georgia College and State University where he helped the Bobcats attain four seasons in the Top
10 of the ITA Division II National Rankings while obtaining a bachelor’s of science degree in chemistry. He then completed his master’s
of education in health and physical education at Georgia College before joining the coaching staff at Armstrong Atlantic as an assistant coach in 1998. He was then named head coach in 1999.
Coach Simon is beginning his 15th season at Armstrong, and since the 2003 season, he has directed the Armstrong women’s tennis team to an unprecedented 297-9 record, including a current unbeaten streak of 126 consecutive home matches. The Pirates are also unbeaten in Peach Belt play, regular season and tournament, since 2003.
The Armstrong men are also on a similarly impressive run since 2006, compiling a 201-10 record in those seasons as well as stringing together 74 consecutive home wins. During this time, the Armstrong tennis program has won nine NCAA Division II national titles and has had five undefeated seasons, including the 59-0 combined record in 2012.
Armstrong women’s tennis program became the all-time leader in DII history in national championships with their eighth title in 2013 when they defeated BYU-Hawaii 5-2 for a second straight year in the title match. Armstrong’s men went down to the wire in the national championship
match against Barry University, rallying from a 3-0 deficit to fall, 5-4, to earn national runner-up honors.
The Armstrong men’s and women’s tennis teams pulled off the double national championship at the 2012 NCAA Division II Spring Sports Festival, with both teams completing undefeated seasons in route to the titles. The Armstrong men went 30-0, knocking off No. 2-ranked West Florida, 5-0, in the national championship match, giving the Pirates their third NCAA DII title in the last five seasons. The Armstrong women went 29-0, defeating No. 1 BYU-Hawaii, 5-2, in the national championship match for the fourth title for the Pirates in the last five seasons.
Both Pirate tennis teams have also maintained a high level of excellence in the classroom, earning ITA All-Academic Team honors from 2004 to 2009, along with numerous ITA Scholar-Athlete awards. The 2006 women’s team had an unprecedented all eight members earn ITA Scholar-Athlete honors. Both the Armstrong men’s and women’s tennis programs have also advanced to the NCAA Championships for 19 straight years.
Join us Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 7:30 pm and learn what you need to do if you desire to play tennis in college. Listen here, or call 347-677-1564 with questions.
SAVE THE DATE:
Tuesday, September 17, 2013, we will again offer our free teleseminar the A, B, C’s of Athletic $cholarship Eligibility, at 7:30 pm, in the time slot of our regular blog radio show. This free teleseminar will help you begin to learn the rules of the Eligibility Certification Game. The webinar will answer these important questions:
- How much competition is there for college athletic scholarships?
- What is the difference between admissions and eligibility certification?
- What are the standardized test score requirements for scholarships?
- When do you register with the NCAA or NAIA Eligibility Centers?
- What is amateurism certification?
And it will review the top seven mistakes made during the Eligibility Certification Process and show you how to avoid making the same mistakes.
You’ve invested lots of money in private lessons, travel team competitions, summer camps and clinics, now invest an hour of your time to learn what you need to know to be pro-active in this process so that you may Win a College Athletic $cholarship.
On-line registration will begin September 1st. Look out for more information soon.