Aug. 31, 2005

As a player, do you prefer to play on grass, clay, or hard court?
Hard Court.

Who is your favorite professional tennis player to watch?
Andre Agassi and Justine Henin-Hardenne.

What professional tennis tournament attracts your attention the most?
U.S. Open.

What was the most nerve racking moment you’ve ever experienced on a tennis court?
Qualifying match for the 1989 Australian Open.

When you won the Ohio high school state championship in 1983, did you ever envision that you would wind up coaching tennis for Ohio State?
Eventually I wanted to coach but I never thought it might be at Ohio State.

What one person had the biggest impact on the coaching style that you have today?
Probably my father. He really taught me how to compete and to expect a lot from myself and others.

What are you feelings when you go back to Minnesota and coach against your alma mater?
I really enjoy being able to coach in the Big Ten and get back to Minnesota. I had a great experience at Minnesota and I have many friends back there.

Other than tennis, what is your favorite sport to watch?
Golf and hockey.

What is your favorite memory as a player?
Winning the Big Ten Championships in 1984 and 1986.

What is your favorite memory as a coach?
The 1994 NCAA doubles championship when I was at Kansas. Most recently was the Big Ten conference tournament by our 2004 team. That was a very exciting weekend and it propelled us into the NCAA’s where we beat host Harvard in the first round.