Twelve champion and four runner-up trophies attest to UW-Marshfield/Wood County's ability to field outstanding tennis teams.
Second year coach Dr. David Vance, is a retired business professor and tennis coach from Illinois where his men's and women's teams won consecutive north-central US championships, finished three teams in the top 25 nationally and took his players to six national championship tournaments, including the prestigious USTA / ITA Small College National Tournament.
His philosophy is that tennis is a fun way to learn successful life skills. It is a game with no time-outs, no substitutes, no time limit. There are no referees or umpires to adjudicate disagreements. Integrity and sportsmanship are key attributes. Though competition is designed to match players of similar ability, it still takes tough mindedness to be successful. At the same time, tennis is a really enjoyable sport. It's a simple game with few rules, yet challenging to execute. The slogan "tennis for Life" tries to capture the trans-generational nature of tennis. People from 5 to 85 can be found on courts having fun and getting great exercise.
Coach Vance is credentialed by the United States Tennis Association (USTA), National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) a graduate of the American Sports Education Program (ASEP), and a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA). As a business professor, Coach taught for over 25 years. His teaching, research and consulting center around organizational effectiveness. With four college degrees, his education embraces Quantitative Analysis, Industrial Psychology, and Information Systems. Dr. Vance has 15 academic publications at the national or international level and two in the popular / professional press. Additionally he has had several management-related articles published in the newspaper. He lives in Marshfield with wife Nancy and son Ryan.
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