Tennis seeks success with new coach
Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 12, 2013 22:09
The UConn men’s tennis team is set to open their season this weekend at the Brown Invitational in Providence, R.I.
The 2013-14 season will be the first for newly hired head coach, Michael Louis. He was a four-year letter winner for the UConn tennis team and served as assistant coach for six-years for the Huskies. Louis spent the last two years as the head coach of both the men and women’s teams at the University of Hartford. “Being back at UConn is being back at home for me”, Louis said. “There is no other place for me career wise, this is my mountain top.”
UConn returns one senior, Ryan Carr, who will captain the Huskies this season. As the only senior on the team, Coach Louis has big expectations that he will lead the team. “As a captain, certain responsibilities fall on his shoulders, and I expect him to hold his teammates accountable for everything, on and off the court”, Louis said.
UConn adds two freshmen this year, Parker Goldstein and Chris Toner. A native of Marietta, Georgia, Goldstein also considered Villanova when deciding where to attend school. “UConn had everything I was looking for,” Goldstein said. “The size, academics, atmosphere are all great for what I wanted.”
In Louis’ first season as head coach, he wants the team to improve every day and become better than last year’s team. “My expectations are that we find a level of competiveness that maybe wasn’t there last year, a level of toughness that wasn’t there last year,” said Coach Louis. “We have to approach every match a certain way and that’s what were trying to fill out during practice, where is our level of consistent competitiveness, consistent focus and fight.”
Last weekend’s tournament was cancelled therefore giving the Huskies an extra week to prepare for the Brown Invitational this weekend. UConn will be more than ready to start the season.