The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2023.05.03

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NCAA bound for tennis

I don’t often lead with tennis, but we’re going to lead with tennis. Both the men’s and the women’s team made the NCAA Tournament, the women playing in the Duke Regional and taking on UCLA and the men paying in the Columbus Regional to take on Louisville.

This is the first year for women’s head coach Adam Hrendeen and that’s quite the accomplishment, but the men do not have a permanent head coach.

They’ve utilized interim head coach Michael Breler since November of 2022, graduating from Texas Tech in 2010. And Parker Wynn is the assistant coach having graduated in 2020 I think. Do I know why the men’s team doesn’t have a permanent coach? Nope, I can’t remember, I certainly remember the situation with previous women’s coach, Todd Petty. The last men’s coach was Daniel Whitehead with Breler as the assistant, which is how Breler is now the head coach. I remember Whitehead walking away for some reason (I really don’t remember why) and then Todd Petty was in charge of the tennis program and before that, Brett Masi was the coach back in the 2018-19 season and that was the last year that things felt normal. In any event, we talk all the time about doing more with less, and this is pretty much it.

Good luck to both squads!

Texas Tech basketball coach Grant McCasland was on the Jon Rothstein podcast, College Hoops Today. If you are into recruiting, there’s not a lot there, but there is one player visiting this weekend, Arizona State big man Warren Washington (7’0″/225), who averaged 9 points and 6 boards last year and I’d guess that there will be more.


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