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Bluffton HS No-Cut Girls Team
Name: Robert Brown
Address:

Bluffton High School
12 HE McCracken Cir.
Bluffton SC 29910

Email: randdbrown@hargray.com
Teams Coached: Boys and Girls
Players Coached: Boys: 15 Girls: 25

USTA SC: Coach Brown, do you have an interesting story you would like to share about your programs?
Coach Brown: Bluffton High Tennis Team is a growing program. We sent our first scholarship to Spartanburg Methodist this year.

USTA SC: Coach Brown, how long have you been a tennis coach?
Coach Brown: I have been a High School Tennis coach for 4 years.

USTA SC: Coach Brown, do you have any advice for other coaches considering no-cut programs?
Coach Brown: I feel that the advantage to being a No-Cut coach is you don't have to start up with a new group of kids because you have already invested time in trainging and developing players that would have potentially been cut. I feel that you should work as hard for your number twenty player just as you would your number one. When you have a No-Cut program it creates a pipeline of players. Parents are totally relieved and this is something we should give to the players as gifts! The one thing I loved that is that no-cut cuts down on cliques. I challenge all my Seniors to be mentors to all the other players.

USTA SC: Coach Brown, how do you organize your program to accomidate the extra players? Does it impact what facilities you use?
Coach Brown: I accommodate the extra players by dividing them into squads. I may have the varsity team on the floor while the Jr. Varsity team is in the weight room or conditioning. I believe in getting everyone involved: from the the parents, to the CTA's, P.E. Classes, and Junior Team Tennis programs. Currently I have two adult volunteer coaches.

Notes of interest:
Coach Brown was one of the first coaches to sign up for the no-cut program, just after it was formed. In addition he proclaims that his No-Cut program is rubbing off on other schools.

Wando JV

Wando Varsity

Name: Rebecca Williamson
Address:

1000 Warrior Way
Mt Pleasant SC 29466

Email: rebecca_williamson@charleston.k12.sc.us
Teams Coached: Girls
Players Coached: 34

USTA SC: Coach Williamson, do you have an interesting story you would like to share about your programs?
Coach Williamson: We were able to field a JV team for the first time last year and had a very successful season. They won a pre-season tournament in Florence, and the Ashley Hall Invitational. They were 14-0 last year. The Varsity has won the 7AAAA Region Championship every year since 2000. We also have won the SC AAAA State Championship for the last three years in a row.

USTA SC: Coach Williamson, how long have you been a tennis coach?
Coach Williamson: I have been coaching girl's tennis at Wando High School for 9 years, counting this one. I coached boys tennis for 2 years but decided that they needed a man.

USTA SC: Coach Williamson, why did you choose to become a no-cut coach?
Coach Williamson: This is my 9th year coaching girl's tennis. I hate more than anything in the world to cut anybody from a team. I decided that if the girls would come to practice with good attitudes and try hard to become more successful, then I would keep everybody. The girls get along with each other and really enjoy the fellowship. They enjoy winning too.

USTA SC: Coach Williamson, do you have any advice for other coaches considering no-cut programs?
Coach Williamson: We are lucky at Wando because we have 6 brand new courts. Several of my girls go to private coaches all year long. If they are not at a clinic, then they are at practice. I have to organize who is going to be at practice so we have enough room. I do send some girls to other places so they can play challenge matches. You really do have to spend a lot of time making sure that all of the girls get to play and to make sure we still win the matches. That is the hardest part of being a no-cut coach. The parents have been very helpful, so make sure you have good parents.

USTA SC: Coach Williamson, how do you organize your program to accommodate the extra players? Does it impact what facilities you use?
Coach Williamson: These girls are on a ladder; either JV or Varsity. During practices, some may play challenge matches while others are working on drills. The girls down at the bottom of the ladders have to really work hard to move up. They play a lot of challenge matches.

Clinton HS Girls
Name: Clovis Simmons
Address:

203 York St.
Clinton, SC 29325

Email: cmsimmon@laurens56.k12.sc.us
Teams Coached: Girls and Boys
Players Coached: 12 on each team

USTA SC: Coach Simmons, how long have you been a tennis coach?
Coach Simmons: I've been a high school coach for 20 years.

USTA SC: Coach Simmons, when did you choose to become a no-cut coach and what inspired the decision?
Coach Simmons: I have ALWAYS been a no-cut coach. I have never cut a player. I tell newcomers to the program there is only one way I want them to leave CHS tennis and that is by graduation. I think the more young people you can keep involved the better the community, the school and the FAMILY. I will continue to allow players (and aspiring players) to have a place to practice their skills.

USTA SC: Coach Simmons, do you have any advice for other coaches considering no-cut programs?
Coach Simmons: I would say to coaches that are considering a no-cut team to give it a try. I have had many of those players that would have been cut in a traditional setting to come back and visit with me. JUST STOPPING BACK BY CLINTON HIGH TENNIS COURTS IS VALIDATION ENOUGH.

USTA SC: Coach Simmons, how do you organize your program to accommodate the extra players? Does it impact what facilities you use?
Coach Simmons: Facility is not an issue. I have had bigger numbers some years and we ALL have to cooperate and work well together. We are blessed with six courts.

USTA SC: Coach Simmons, do you have any last words you would like to share?
Coach Simmons: Playing tennis is such fun. Winning at tennis is an accomplishment.

Georgetown no-cut team

Name: Adam/Grace George
Address:

2500 Anthuan Maybank Drive Georgetown, SC 29440

Email: adamandgrace109@yahoo.com
Teams Coached: Girls and Boys
Players Coached: 10 boys and 14 girls

USTA SC: Coach Grace George how long have you been a tennis coach?
Coach George: We've been coaching for 4 years

USTA SC: Coach Adam George, when did you choose to become a no-cut coach and what inspired the decision?
Coach George: We believe that by giving young players a chance to learn the sport of tennis, they will develop a love for the game. We want to promote tennis in our community and help players develop a love for the game as we have developed through our years of playing. We hope our players will play tennis even when they leave high school and will see the importance of quality exercise and the many other character building aspects of the sport.

USTA SC: Coach Adam George, do you have any advice for other coaches considering no-cut programs?
Coach George: At times it may seem difficult if you have limited court space or if you do not have players who know things about the sport, but through your enthusiasm for the game, you will build a strong program. By giving them a chance to be a part of a team, you will realize the impact you have on these players on the court and on their lives.

USTA SC: Coach Grace George, how do you organize your program to accommodate the extra players? Does it impact what facilities you use?
Coach George: We have four tennis courts that are not located on our high school campus. We have attempted to allow everyone to come to practice and do many drills where a large number of players can participate. We attempt to have several JV only matches so that all of our players have a chance to participate in a high school match. We also have asked for help from community members in order to help our players learn how to play the sport.

USTA SC: Coaches, how do you see feel that being a no-cut team will help your team?
Coach George: In the previous three fall seasons, our girls' team had won seven matches total. In the fall of 2007, we ended the season with ten wins. We did not have any seniors, and we look forward to next year. The boys' season is underway this spring. We graduated many key players, but have many new players learning the game. We also have a tennis social each fall to let our players interact with community members and families in our area who share a love for the game. This has helped us and our players form a bond with some of the best parents and tennis supporters you could ever find.

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Name: Louis ReVille
Address:

Mt. Pleasant, SC

Email: oldmanreville@mac.com
Teams Coached: Boys
Players Coached: 20

USTA SC: How long have you been a tennis coach?
Coach ReVille: While this is my first year at Bishop England High School, I have coached High School tennis for five years.

USTA SC: Coach, when did you choose to become a no-cut coach and what inspired the decision?
Coach ReVille: I have always held the philosophy that if kids love an individual sport like tennis, then they should have the opportunity to play. Team sports are more difficult to manage, but as long as we have enough courts, we will continue to keep as many players as we can.

USTA SC: Coach, do you have any advice for other coaches considering no-cut programs?
Coach ReVille: I would advise a new No-Cut coach not to be overwhelmed by the number of players who you will keep. Clearly lay out your expectations before the season, and keep everyone informed of everything via e-mail. I require all of my parents and players to have e-mail accounts, and they check them daily.

USTA SC: Coach, how do you organize your program to accommodate the extra players? Does it impact what facilities you use?
Coach ReVille: We rotate players through singles and doubles. Fortunately, we have access to Mount Pleasant Tennis Center through the recreation department. They have been a wonderful resource for us, and we have now added them as our home courts.

USTA SC: Coach, I hear you recently had an interesting trip with the team. Care to share that story?
Coach ReVille: We have had an eventful season thus far. Probably the most memorable experience we have had came from a long road trip to Mobile, AL at the beginning of the season. We drove thirteen hours in a small bus to play three great teams. We had a few stumbling blocks with illnesses, hotel confusion, etc., but somehow we won all of our matches. Anyway, on the return drive, and just when I didn't think anything more could happen, our bus' gas meter read zero. I headed up an exit ramp, and at the top, I turned to the players to tell them that there is a slight chance that we would run out of gas. At that point, we coasted down some deserted road. Luckily, someone stopped and gave us enough gas to reach 100 yards shy of a gas station. So, we put our youngest player in the driver’s seat in our stalled bus within a stone's throw of this gas station, and the team pushed the bus to the pump. I will never live this one down.

 

 
 
 
 
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