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With No-Cut Program, Goodman Grew Tennis at Irmo High

January 8, 2015 10:21 AM

As seen in today's The State newspaper.

As a high school tennis coach, Freddy Goodman grew accustomed to kids offering lousy excuses when they missed practice or whining about having to run.

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But Goodman, who started teaching tennis in 1975, never could get used to kids’ reacting to not making their high school tennis team.

The players would stare at the posted list of who didn’t make the squad and share their despair.

“My dad’s going to kill me,” some kids would say. Others would cry.

So in 2005, when Goodman became the head boys tennis coach at Irmo High School after about eight years as an assistant, he changed the Irmo program to “no-cut.” Any boy who wanted to play tennis on the team could, so long as they showed up and worked hard.

Previously, only 12 players had been allowed on the team.

“I felt like when we cut those kids, we ran kids away from tennis,” Goodman said. “I just tried to make tennis a bigger thing.”

This spring, Goodman, 62, won’t coach high school tennis – he is retiring after 10 years as Irmo’s head coach. But he leaves knowing he grew tennis there.

His first season, he coached 13 boys. Every following year, Goodman had at least 16 kids on the team, including one year when he had 27 players.

“By having a ‘no-cut’ program, Freddy has helped dozens of student-athletes experience the lifelong sport of tennis while they’re in high school,” said Pamela Banks, junior recreation coordinator for the South Carolina office of the U.S. Tennis Association. “All of us in South Carolina thank him for the extra hours and dedication he’s shown to high school tennis.”

Goodman also was successful.

His Irmo teams won 132 matches and lost only 54. They also made at least the second round of the playoffs every year.

Retired from coaching, Goodman now plans to spend more time with his four grandchildren, all 2 years old or younger. Goodman also will continue what has been his full-time job since 1997, owning and managing the Rawls Creek Tennis and Swim Club in Irmo.

“I just tried to make tennis a bigger thing,” he said. “That’s my livelihood.”

USTA Spring Leagues

Want to have a regularly scheduled tennis match every week with similarly-skilled players? That’s what USTA South Carolina Adult Leagues can provide for you. We do the scheduling work for you, so all you have to do is show up and play tennis.

Now is the time to sign up or get help registering for a league team in Columbia and Lexington. Teams are forming for most ages and all skill levels. Click here to learn more. Registration deadlines are soon.

2015 Tournaments

If you also enjoy a weekend of tennis, be sure to check out the dozens of USTA South Carolina sanctioned tournaments taking place in the Midlands in 2015. Below is the list. See the statewide list and learn more about the different levels of tournaments by clicking here.

USTA South Carolina Sanctioned Adult Tournaments in the Midlands

Level

Date

Tournament

Where

Three

1/21/15

The Burt Fowles CTL Preseason Tournament

Columbia

Three

1/30/15

Wendy’s Adult Tennis Open

Hartsville

Four

2/6/15

Luv for Babcock Charity Adult Tournament

Cayce

Three

2/20/15

The Club at Rawls Creek Spring Adult Championships

Columbia

Four

3/19/15

Rockbridge Adult Spring Championships

Columbia

Five

4/11/15

“Cayce Serves” One Day Tournament

Cayce

Three

6/4/15

The Club at Rawls Creek Adult Championships

Columbia

Two

7/16/15

LATA Sunburn Open

Lexington

Two

8/28/15

Topspin Annual Labor Day Adult Classic

Lexington


USTA South Carolina Sanctioned Junior Tournaments in the Midlands

Level

Date

Tournament

Where

Four

2/13/15

Wildewood Junior Challenger

Columbia

Three

3/6/15

Lexington County Junior Open

Lexington

Five

3/7/15

10 and Under Camden CC Championships

Camden

Two

3/13/15

Topspin Annual Jr. Classic

Lexington

Five

3/14/15

Rising Stars at Lexington County Tennis Complex

Lexington

Five

3/14/15

Rising Stars at Greenwood Country Club

Greenwood

Five

4/12/15

Rising Stars at Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center

Cayce

Four

4/17/15

Richland County Challenger

Columbia

Three

5/8/15

Iris Junior Championships

Sumter

Three

6/5/15

McDonalds Jr. Championships

Hartsville

One

6/12/15

Southern Boys and Girls 10 Closed – EAST

Cayce

Three

6/19/15

Festival of Flowers

Greenwood

Two

6/26/15

SC Closed Jr. Hardcourt State Championship

Cayce

Four

7/17/15

Greenwood Country Club Challenger

Greenwood

Three

7/31/15

The Club at Rawls Creek Junior Championships

Columbia

Four

8/7/15

Lexington County Junior Challenger

Lexington

Three

8/21/15

Rockbridge Junior Tennis Classic

Columbia

Five

9/13/15

Rising Stars at Lexington County Tennis Complex

Lexington

Four

9/25/15

Sonic Jr. Challenger

Hartsville

Five

10/4/15

Rising Stars at Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center

Cayce

Three

10/30/15

Wildewood Junior Tournament

Columbia

Four

10/9/15

Cassidy Allstate Junior Doubles Open

Camden

Four

10/23/15

Topspin Challenger Circuit Tournament

Lexington

Four

11/6/15

Sumter Junior Challenger

Sumter

 

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