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Quick Facts............................................................................................ 1 Head Coach Michael Raymond........................................................ 2 2011 Roster.......................................................................................... 3 Women’s Player Profiles..................................................................... 4 2009-10 Women’s Results............................................................... 11 Men’s Player Profiles........................................................................ 12 2009-10 Men’s Results..................................................................... 21 University of Hartford...................................................................... 22 Hartford Athletics.............................................................................. 24 Hartford and the Region................................................................. 26 President Walter Harrison.............................................................. 28 Director of Athletics Patricia H. Meiser......................................... 30 Strength and Conditioning.............................................................. 32 Sports Medicine................................................................................ 34 America East Conference................................................................ 36

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Location................................................................... West Hartford, CT Enrollment..................................................................................... 4,697 Nickname......................................................................................Hawks Colors...................................................................... Scarlet and White Conference....................................................................... America East Home Venue.................................................... Hartford Tennis Courts President..................................................................... Walter Harrison Athletics Director.....................................................Patricia H. Meiser Head Coach.........Michael Raymond (Western New England ‘02) Years at Hartford....................................................................... Fourth 2009-10 Men’s Record................................................................ 2-16 2009-10 Conference Record........................................................0-2 2009-10 Women’s Record.......................................................... 2-20 2009-10 Conference Record........................................................0-3 Athletics Phone.......................................................... (860) 768-4658 Tennis SID............................................................................. Sam Angell Office Phone............................................................. (860) 768-4620 SID Fax...................................................................... (860) 768-4068 E-mail............................................................... 2010-11 HAWKS TENNIS SCHEDULE

Department of Athletics Mission Statement The mission of the University of Hartford Athletics Department is to enhance the educational and personal development of all students by providing equitable intercollegiate, intramural, and recreational athletics opportunities in an environment that promotes excellence and wellness. We value academic achievement as the primary measure of a successful student-athlete and integrity as the hallmark of a successful program.


The University of Hartford 2011 Tennis Guide was written and designed by Sam Angell, Assistant Communication Director. Editorial assistance from Dan Ruede, Sarah Cote and head coach Michael Raymond. Photography by Steve McLaughlin, Bob Stowell, Stephen Slade, Jeff Feldmann, The Greater Hartford Convention & Visitors Bureau and GSPetro/pixgsp.

FALL DATE OPPONENT RESULT/TIME Sept. 11 at Fairfield Doubles Invitational (M/W) Indiv. Results Sept. 15 at Connecticut (M) L, 1-6 Sept. 23 SIENA (M/W) M: W, 4-3 / W: L, 0-7 Sept. 24-26 UConn Invitational (M) Indiv. Results Oct. 8-10 at Quinnipiac Invitational (M) Indiv. Results Oct. 13 at Providence (W) L, 2-5 Oct. 14-19 at ITA Regionals (M) Indiv. Results Oct. 16-17 at New England Championships (W) Indiv. Results Oct. 22 ST. FRANCIS (NY) (M/W) M: W, 6-1 / W: W, 6-1 Oct. 23 at Holy Cross (M/W) M: W, 6-1 / W: W, 4-3 Oct. 29-31 at Connecticut College Championships (M) Indiv. Results SPRING DATE OPPONENT RESULT/TIME Feb. 25 FAIRFIELD (M) % 5:00 p.m. Feb. 26 RHODE ISLAND (W) % 1:00 p.m. Mar. 4 BRYANT (M) % 12:00 p.m. Mar. 5 MANHATTAN (W) % 6:00 p.m. Mar. 6 at Quinnipiac (M) 3:00 p.m. Mar. 12 at UMBC (M/W) * 3:00 p.m. Mar. 13 at Coppin State (M/W) 9:00 a.m. Mar. 15 at Loyola (Md.) (M/W) 3:00 p.m. Mar. 24 at Quinnipiac (W) 3:00 p.m. Mar. 26 vs. St. Francis (Pa.) (M/W) ^ 1:00 p.m. Mar. 26 at NJIT (M/W) 5:00 p.m. Apr. 1 HOFSTRA (M/W) 3:00 p.m. Apr. 2 SACRED HEART (M/W) 11:00 a.m. Apr. 5 HOLY CROSS (M/W) 3:00 p.m. Apr. 8 at Lafayette (M) 3:00 p.m. Apr. 9 at Marist (M) 12:00 p.m. Apr. 13 BRYANT (W) 3:00 p.m. Apr. 14 FAIRFIELD (W) 4:00 p.m. Apr. 16 BINGHAMTON (M/W) * 9:30 a.m. Apr. 16 STONY BROOK (M/W) * 3:30 p.m. Apr. 21 at Boston University (M) * 3:00 p.m. Apr. 26 at Albany (W) * 3:00 p.m. Apr. 29-May 1 at America East Championships (M/W) TBA M - Men’s Team Only W - Women’s Team Only M/W - Men’s & Women’s Doubleheader * - America East Conference Match CAPS - Home Matches (Hartford Tennis Courts) % - to be played at East Hartford Tennis Club ^ - to be played in Newark, N.J.

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MICHAEL RAYMOND HEAD COACH ~ FOURTH SEASON Michael Raymond returns for his fourth year as the men’s and women’s tennis coach at the University of Hartford. Raymond also serves as a compliance assistant for the Department of Athletics. Raymond has guided the men’s and women’s tennis programs to unmistakable improvements since taking over the program. Last season, both teams grabbed two dual match victories, and already both teams have doubled that total in 2010-11, putting up their best win totals in nearly a

decade. For a third consecutive season, the women’s tennis team was named an ITA academic achievement honor in 2009-10, for a team GPA of 3.2 or better. In his first year with the Hawks, Raymond coached four Intercollegiate Tennis Association scholar-athletes, and had the women’s team receive ITA academic achievement honors. Raymond came to Hartford after serving as an assistant coach at Allegheny College from 2004 to 2007. During his stint at Allegheny, he helped elevate the status of both tennis programs in the nationally-recognized North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAA Division III). In the 2006-07 season, he helped coach the men’s program to third place in the NCAC, its highest finish since 1995. Between both programs Raymond coached eight All-NCAC singles players and one All-NCAC doubles team. He also played an integral role in


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the recruitment of several sectional and nationally ranked players, and served as the advisor of the school’s StudentAthlete Advisory Committee. Prior to his time at Allegheny, Raymond served as the graduate assistant coach of the men’s and women’s tennis programs at Western New England College in Springfield, MA, his alma mater. He helped lead the men’s team to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference championship in 2003 and duplicated the feat with the women’s squad the following fall, a first for that program. Raymond also has experience coaching as an assistant tennis professional at the Ausable Club in Keene Valley, NY and is a certified PTR teaching professional. As a player, Raymond earned Great Northeast Athletic Conference Tennis Player of the Year honors as a senior and was also honored as the WNEC Male Scholar Athlete of the Year after helping the Golden Bears to the GNAC Tournament title. One of the top players in WNEC history, he served as team captain his final season and compiled a career record of 86-26, ranking him first on the school’s all-time win list. Active in the athletic community at Western New England, Raymond was the first student-athlete in school history to serve on the National Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (as vice chair) and was president of the Sport Management Association. A 2002 graduate of Western New England, Raymond earned a degree in sports management before completing his master’s in business administration at his alma mater. Raymond is a native of Vernon, CT and currently resides in West Hartford.


WOMEN NAME Haley Gileau Ashley Harel Nicole Haynal Kaitlin Lennon Maggie Sabatino Emily Willhoft Katina Zampas

YEAR Jr. Fr. Sr. So. Jr. So. Fr.

HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL East Granby, Conn./East Granby Roslyn Heights, N.Y./Roslyn Bayside, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cardozo North Scituate, R.I./Ponaganset Antioch, Ill./Antioch Manchester, Conn./Manchester Laguna Niguel, Calif./Dana Hills/Capistrano Valley Christian

MEN NAME Aneil Bhalla Joel de los Santos Eric Floum Josh Isaacson Conner Masciotra Filip Miletic Bogdan Nedelcu Marco Neves Edgardo Ureta

YEAR Jr. Fr. So. So. Fr. Sr. So. So. So.

HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL MAJOR Ottawa, Ontario/Merivale Biology & Chemistry New York, N.Y./A. Philip Randolph Political Science Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde Pre-Law Marietta, Ga./George Walton Physical Therapy Albuquerque, N.M./Sandia Prep Biology Natick, Mass./Natick Biomedical Engineering Rocky Hill, Conn./Rocky Hill Pre-Med Sao Paolo, Brazil/Colegio Salesiano Santa Teresinha Management Las Vegas, Nev./Odyssey Charter Undecided

MAJOR Sociology Communications Accounting Illustration Management Accounting Criminal Justice

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- Named a team co-captain for the 2010-11 season. - Won two of six singles starts in the fall of her final season with the Hawks, including a crucial 6-2, 6-3 decision at No. 4 singles that helped the team to a 4-3 victory at Holy Cross. - Pairing with Haley Hileau, won an 8-5 doubles decision over Providence. - Born October 21, 1989. - Daughter of Susan Haynal. THE HAYNAL FILE hometown: BAYSIDE, N.Y. high school: BENJAMIN N. CARDOZO major: ACCOUNTING


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- Named a team co-captain for the 2010-11 season. - Recognized as an ITA Scholar Athlete in 2008-09 and 2009-10. - Made 11 doubles appearances, earning wins with Ashley Harel over Merrimack and St. Francis N.Y. - Also saw action in five singles matches, playing out of the No. 1 position twice. - Born October 10, 1989. THE SABATINO FILE hometown: ANTIOCH, ILL. high school: ANTIOCH major: MANAGEMENT

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- Played primarily in doubles during the fall. - Won 8-5 over Providence with Nicole Haynal, and 8-0 with Kaitlin Lennon over St. Francis N.Y. - Also made a singles start against Siena, playing out of the No. 6 position. - Born February 11, 1990. - Daughter of Alice and Raymond Gileau.



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- Was victorious in three of four singles starts during the fall, including a 6-3, 6-2 match at Holy Cross that clinched a 4-3 team win for the Hawks. - Tied Katina Zampas for the fall team lead with those three singles victories. - Also came back to grab a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 decision at Providence. - Earned victories in two of four doubles starts, defeating Sacred Heart 8-6 with Amanda Epstein and St. Francis N.Y. 8-0 with Haley Gileau.


- Born May 16, 1991. - Daughter of Nancy and Edwin Lennon.

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- Won her only appearance of the fall, a 6-0, 6-1 singles decision at No. 5 against St. Francis N.Y. - Born February 9, 1991. - Daughter of Joan and James Willhoft.



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- Made seven singles starts, earning victories over Merrimack and St. Francis N.Y. - Played out of the No. 2 position in two of her three dual match singles appearances. - Pairing primarily with Maggie Sabatino, made eight doubles appearances, earning an 8-2 victory over Merrimack and an 8-0 decision over St. Francis N.Y. - Born July 14, 1992.


- Daughter of Wendi and Al Harel.

hometown: ROSLYN HEIGHTS, N.Y.. high school: ROSLYN major: COMMUNICATIONS

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- Tied Kaitlin Lennon for the most singles wins on the team during the fall season, earning three victories in her first semester with the Hawks. - Helped the team to successes over St. Francis N.Y. and at Holy Cross, playing No. 1 singles against St. Francis and No. 2 against Holy Cross. - Led the team with three doubles victories, including decisions against St. Francis N.Y. and Holy Cross. - Born April 3, 1992. THE ZAMPAS FILE hometown: LAGUNA NIGUEL, CALIF.

- Daughter of Susie and Tom Zampas.



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2009-10 RESULTS



FALL Sept. 16 Sept. 19 Sept. 22 Oct. 2 Oct. 17-18

Providence Siena HOLY CROSS ST. FRANCIS (N.Y.) New England Championships

Providence, R.I. Loudonville, N.Y. WEST HARTFORD WEST HARTFORD Fairfield, Conn.

L, 0-7 L, 2-5 L, 2-5 W, 6-1 Individual Results

SPRING Feb. 26 Feb. 27 March 14 March 16 March 17 March 18 March 24 March 27 April 6 April 7 April 9 April 10 April 14 April 20 April 23 April 28

UMBC * QUINNIPIAC South Dakota State Colgate Morehead State North Dakota FAIRFIELD Sacred Heart WAGNER Holy Cross Hofstra NJIT Bryant Marist Boston University * ALBANY *

EAST HARTFORD EAST HARTFORD Orlando, Fla. Orlando, Fla. Orlando, Fla. Orlando, Fla. WEST HARTFORD Fairfield, Conn. WEST HARTFORD Worcester, Mass. Hempstead, N.Y. Newark, N.J. Smithfield, R.I. Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Boston, Mass. WEST HARTFORD

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New Haven, Conn. New Haven, Conn.

L, 0-4 L, 0-4

AMERICA EAST CHAMPIONSHIP April 30 Stony Brook May 1 Albany


* indicates America East match BOLD indicates home match at the Hartford Tennis Courts or the East Hartford Tennis Club

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- Opened his senior season with two doubles victories in the fall, including an 8-6 victory with Edgardo Ureta that helped the team to a 6-1 decision over St. Francis N.Y. - Also appeared in seven singles matches. - Born September 2, 1988. - Son of Neda and Predrag Miletic.



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- A team co-captain for 2010-11. - Named an ITA Scholar Athlete in 2008-09 and 2009-10. - Recognized as an America East All-Academic team member for his outstanding performance in the classroom during the 2009-10 year. - Won four singles matches in the fall, including decisions against St. Francis N.Y. (2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)) and at Holy Cross (6-1, 6-4) from the No. 1 position which helped propel the team to 6-1 victories. THE BHALLA FILE hometown: OTTAWA, ONTARIO high school: MERIVALE major: BIOLOGY & CHEMISTRY

- Pairing primarily with Josh Isaacson, grabbed six doubles triumphs, including three in a row from October 22-29 against St. Francis N.Y., Holy Cross and Sacred Heart - Born October 15, 1990. - Son of Anu and Ameet Bhalla.

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SOPHOMORE • CO-CAPTAIN - A team co-captain for 2010-11. - Earned four singles victories during the fall, including triumphs in the team’s wins over Siena, St. Francis N.Y. and Holy Cross. - Grabbed five doubles matches, all with Aneil Bhalla, including a dramatic 9-8 (7-2) win over Siena that sealed the doubles point in the team’s 4-3 triumph. - Born July 17, 1990. - Son of Amy and Jimmy Isaacson. THE ISAACSON FILE hometown: MARIETTA, GA. high school: GEORGE WALTON major: PHYSICAL THERAPY


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- Won four singles matches during the fall, including a 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 decision against Siena which tied the overall match at three before the Hawks grabbed a 4-3 triumph. - Also contributed to 6-1 victories over St. Francis N.Y. and Holy Cross with singles victories from the No. 4 position. - Won six doubles matches during the fall, second most on the team, including an 8-3 victory with Marco Neves that helped grab the doubles point in the victory over Siena. - Born May 8, 1991. THE FLOUM FILE hometown: FAIRFIELD, CONN.

- Son of Patti and Mark Floum.

high school: FAIRFIELD WARDE major: PRE-LAW

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- Did not see action during his first semester with the Hawks. - Born July 20, 1991. - Son of Paula and Marin Nedelcu.



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- Posted team highs with six singles victories and seven doubles triumphs during the fall. - Opened the season with four straight singles wins, earning the team’s only point against Connecticut, 6-3, 5-7, 10-5 on September 15. - Earned victories at No. 2 singles in the team’s wins over Siena, St. Francis N.Y. and Holy Cross. - Recorded six of his seven doubles victories with Eric Floum, adding the last with Aneil Bhalla. THE NEVES FILE hometown: SAO PAOLO, BRAZIL

- Born February 2, 1991. - Son of Marina and Mauro Neves.

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- Made nine singles starts, earning victories over Sacred Heart and Holy Cross, the latter a 6-2, 6-4 decision from the No. 6 spot that helped the team to a 6-1 triumph. - Pairing primarily with Filip Miletic, made 13 doubles appearances, including wins over Fairfield and St. Francis N.Y. - Born September 12, 1990. - Son of Maria and Hernan Ureta. THE URETA FILE hometown: LAS VEGAS, NEV. high school: ODYSSEY CHARTER major: UNDECIDED


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- Appeared in nine singles matches and six doubles matches during the fall, his first semester with the Hawks. - Made his first collegiate start against Siena on September 23, a 4-3 team victory for the Hawks. - Earned four singles victories, including three in a row from October 13-23 against Quinnipiac, St. Francis N.Y. and Holy Cross. - Born June 13, 1992. - Son of Seneida de los Santos. THE DE LOS SANTOS FILE hometown: NEW YORK, N.Y. high school: A. PHILIP RANDOLPH major: POLITICAL SCIENCE

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- Appeared in six singles matches in his first semester with the Hawks. - Also made five doubles starts during the UConn Invitational, the Quinnipiac Invitational and the Connecticut College Championships. - Born April 30, 1992. - Son of Erin and Anthony Masciotra. THE MASCRIOTRA FILE hometown: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. high school: SANDIA PREP major: BIOLOGY


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FALL Sept. 15 Sept. 19 Sept. 22 Sept. 25-27 Oct. 2 Oct. 15-20 Oct. 30-Nov. 1

CONNECTICUT Siena HOLY CROSS UConn Invitational ST. FRANCIS (N.Y.) ITA Northeast Regional Connecticut College Championships

WEST HARTFORD Loudonvilla, N.Y. WEST HARTFORD Storrs, Conn. WEST HARTFORD Hanover, N.H. New Haven, Conn.

L, 0-7 L, 2-5 L, 3-4 Individual Results W, 4-3 Individual Results Individual Results

SPRING Feb. 26 Feb. 27 March 14 March 16 March 17 March 27 April 6 April 7 April 9 April 10 April 14 April 19 April 24

UMBC * QUINNIPIAC South Dakota State Colgate Morehead State Sacred Heart WAGNER Holy Cross Hofstra NJIT Bryant MARIST BOSTON UNIVERSITY *

EAST HARTFORD EAST HARTFORD Orlando, Fla. Orlando, Fla. Orlando, Fla. Fairfield, Conn. WEST HARTFORD Worcester, Mass. Hempstead, N.Y. Newark, N.J. Smithfield, R.I. WEST HARTFORD WEST HARTFORD

L, 0-7 L, 0-7 L, 0-7 L, 1-6 L, 0-7 L, 0-7 W, 7-0 L, 3-4 L, 2-4 L, 0-7 L, 0-7 L, 0-7 L, 3-4

AMERICA EAST CHAMPIONSHIP April 30 Boston University New Haven, Conn. * indicates America East match BOLD indicates home match at the Hartford Tennis Courts or the East Hartford Tennis Club

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THE UNIVERSITY SMALL CLASSES, BIG OPPORTUNITY • Hartford offers educational and career programs in 89 undergraduate and 33 graduate areas of study in its seven schools and colleges. • The campus provides the intimacy of a liberal arts college with the creativity and intellectual excitement of a university. • Hartford is home to 4,697 full-time undergraduates, 819 part-time undergraduates, and 1,696 graduate students, representing 48 states and 43 countries. • The full-time student-to-faculty ratio is 12:1. • The University of Hartford dates back to 1877, when the first of its original three schools was founded. • The Hartford Art School (1877), Hillyer College (1879), and The Hartt School (1920) joined in 1957 to form the University of Hartford.


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• Recent construction projects have provided new state-of-the-art spaces for residential, social and educational purposes, and have revamped and refurbished existing buildings. • Reputation and selectivity: More than 12,000 applications received annually, and the University’s acceptance rate is lower than at any time in its history. • Situated on a 340-acre, wooded, suburban campus, the University borders Hartford, West Hartford, and Bloomfield. Midway between Boston and New York City, downtown Hartford, only five miles away, is gaining a name for itself. • More than 100 groups, clubs, and organizations, including campus media, student government, fraternities and sororities add to student life. • The Hartt School and the Joseloff Gallery of the Hartford Art School are highly respected. Lincoln Theater, the Sports Center, and three auditoriums host numerous special events throughout the year.

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HAWKSHISTORY ATHLETICS The University of Hartford celebrates its 27th year competing at the Division I level in 2009-10. Division I competition in all sports began in 1984-85, and the ensuing 26 years have been keynoted by success. The following is a sampling of some of the achievements. Hartford has fielded NCAA or national tournament teams in six sports: women’s basketball (2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010), men’s golf (198595, 2001, 2007), women’s soccer (1989-92, 1994-95, 1997-2002, 2006), men’s soccer (1991-92, 1996), men’s tennis (2002) and women’s volleyball (1993). The Hawks have also received ECAC postseason bids in baseball (1988, 1992) and volleyball (1991). The Hawks sport conference champions in seven sports: women’s basketball (2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008), men’s soccer (1991, 1992, 1996, 1999), women’s soccer (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2006), men’s golf (1988-95, 2001-02, 2004, 2006-07), men’s tennis (1990, 1991, 1995, 2002), women’s golf (2005) and women’s volleyball (1993).


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In addition to team success, Hartford players and coaches have received a multitude of individual honors. The awards have ranged from All-American distinction and national Coach of the Year honors to conference Player of the Year, All-Conference, individual tournament championships and others. All-Americans have been crowned in the following sports: baseball (2), men’s basketball (1), men’s golf (6), men’s lacrosse (3), men’s soccer (2) and women’s soccer (11).

Three former Hartford student-athletes stand out among those who have played professionally. Vin Baker, who starred as an All-American on the basketball court for the Hawks, played 13 seasons in the NBA. A four-time NBA All-Star, he averaged 15.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in 791 career games. Baker was picked eighth overall in the June 1993 NBA draft. At the time he was the highest draft pick ever from a Connecticut college or university. Jeff Bagwell, who played third base for Hartford from 1987 to 1989 and is the New England career leader in batting average at .413, played first base for the Houston Astros. In his 16 years with the Astros he hit .297 with 449 home runs and 1,529 runs batted in. He ranks among Houston’s career leaders in batting average, slugging percentage, home runs and RBI. He was the 1994 National League MVP, 1991 Rookie of the Year, and was a four-time All-Star (1994, 1996, 1997, 1999). Men’s golfer Jerry Kelly, who topped the Nike Tour in earnings in 1995, has been impressive in his 12 years playing on

the PGA Tour. He’s topped $2 million in earnings in three of the past six seasons, and he played on the United States President’s Cup team in 2003. In 2002, Kelly was sixth on the PGA money list and finished in the Top 25 at 13 tournaments, including wins at the Sony Open in Hawaii and the Advil Western Open. Men’s golfers Tim Petrovic and Patrick Sheehan have also enjoyed success on the PGA Tour. Petrovic, now in his seventh season, broke through in 2005 with his first career victory at the Zurich Classic. Sheehan is in his fifth year on the PGA Tour and has topped $3 million in career earnings. Other Hartford athletes who are currently playing in the professional ranks include Tracey Kelusky (National Lacrosse League), Earl Snyder (minor league baseball), Chris Doyle (USL First Division soccer), Daniel Antunez (USL), Saralyn Smith (AVP), Rory Glaves (NLL), Todd Richard (NLL), Derek Suddons (NLL), Jason Clark (NLL), Josh Wasson (NLL) and Matt Holman (NLL).



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HARTFORD AND THE REGION • Economist Richard Florida has ranked Hartford in the “Top 20” of cool places to live, work, start a family and have fun.


• Hartford is a two-hour drive from New York City or Boston. • Hartford’s XL Center and Comcast Theater offer top-name concerts and entertainment. • Hartford’s Bushnell and Hartford Stage Company offer traveling Broadway shows and other award-winning • productions.


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• West Hartford Center offers over 140 distinctive shops and popular restaurants with exciting events and festivals all year long. • Connecticut is home to the Connecticut Sun (WNBA), Hartford Wolfpack (AHL), New Britain Rock Cats (Minnesota Twins, MLB) and the Hartford Colonials (UFL). • The surrounding Connecticut countryside offers varied get-away possibilities including skiing, summer winery tours, fall festivals. • Two of the world’s largest casino and entertainment complexes, Foxwoods Resort & Casino and Mohegan Sun, are located in Connecticut.




• The Basketball Hall of Fame, Six Flags New England and the Long Island Sound are less than an hour away from the University of Hartford campus.




rowth, vitality, and service to the community are key attributes of Walter Harrison’s first 10 years as president of the University of Hartford. Since his appointment as the University of Hartford’s fifth president in 1998, the University has experienced a period of energy and momentum unmatched in its history. President Harrison has overseen dramatic improvements in academic quality, finances, and

During President Harrison’s tenure, the University has undertaken a vigorous and comprehensive building campaign. Many of the University’s residence halls have been renovated, and Hawk Hall, the University’s new five-story, 208-bed residence for first-year students, was completed during the summer of 2007. The ovalshaped Alumni Plaza, constructed out of concrete of various colors and finishes, now provides students with a large gathering spot on the residential side of campus.

At the heart of this construction campaign are three major new additions to the University’s signature academic programs: The Renée Samuels Center of the Hartford Art School (opened in January 2007), the Integrated Science, Engineering, and Technology Complex (opened in 2005), and the Mort and Irma Handel Performing Arts Center (opened in September 2008), which houses the Dance and Theatre divisions of The Hartt School. The fundraising. Handel Center, located in the Upper Albany and Blue Hills neighMore than 7,300 students (5,600 undergraduates and 1,700 borhoods of Hartford, one mile east of the University’s campus, graduate students) study at the seven schools and colleges of the also contains space for community activities. University of Hartford, which is classified as a doctoral research– Two buildings have been renovated to house two of the Univerintensive university by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advance- sity’s leading liberal arts programs: Psychology (East Hall) and ment of Teaching. The institution has seen a 15 percent increase Communications and Cinema Studies (Abrahms Hall). In 2006, in undergraduate enrollment, and a 23-percent increase in de- the University opened new state-of-the-art athletic fields for socgrees awarded, over the past decade. A highly visible figure on cer, lacrosse, softball, and baseball. campus, President Harrison is known for his enthusiasm for student life and University activities, and is fondly referred to as Walt The University’s vibrant relationship with the Greater Hartford by many students. community is a hallmark of President Harrison’s tenure. The University has become a recognized leader in helping to improve


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public schools. It is the only private university in the country with two public magnet schools on campus—the University of Hartford Magnet School and the University High School of Science and Engineering. President Harrison’s community involvement is extensive. He serves on the boards of directors of the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges and the Hartford Consortium of Higher Education. He is currently the president of the board of the Hartford Stage Company. He serves as trustee or director of a number of other Hartford-area organizations, including the Greater Hartford Arts Council, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, the Connecticut Science Center, and Suffield Academy. He is also a director of WorldBusiness Capital, an international finance firm based in Hartford. Reflecting his longtime interest in intercollegiate athletics, President Harrison chairs the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Committee on Academic Performance, the group charged with implementing academic reforms among the nation’s leading intercollegiate athletic programs, and serves on a number of other NCAA committees. He is the immediate past chair of the NCAA Executive Committee. He also serves on the Presidential Advisory Committee of the Association of Governing Boards. All this is a long way from President Harrison’s beginnings as a scholar of American literature and culture. A native of Pittsburgh, he graduated from Trinity College in Hartford in 1968, then earned a master’s degree from the University of Michigan in

1969. After an interim of three years to serve as a captain in the United States Air Force, President Harrison earned a doctorate from the University of California–Davis. His doctoral dissertation, “Out of Play: Baseball Fiction from Pulp to Art,” was one of the earliest scholarly treatments of baseball and its place in American life. In 1982 President Harrison left full-time teaching to take an administrative position at Colorado College. He joined Gehrung Associates University Relations Counselors in 1985, becoming president of the firm shortly thereafter. In 1989 President Harrison moved to the University of Michigan, where he became vice president of university relations and secretary of the university. President Harrison and his wife, Dianne, a scholar of 19th-century Victorian literature and mystery literature, make their home in Russell House, the president’s residence at the University of Hartford.

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at Meiser, in her 18th year at the University of Hartford, serves as the director of athletics and special assistant to the president. One of only 30 women director of athletics among the 335 institutions competing at the Division I level, In June of 2009 she was named the Northeast Region I-AAA Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year for the second time (2006), and in May of 1999, she was named one of the nation’s top 50 women’s sports executives by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal.

volleyball) have won America East Conference championships and either reached NCAA Division I tournament or national postseason play. Basketball, in particular, has emerged with Meiser’s hiring of Jennifer Rizzotti. The women’s basketball team has been crowned America East Conference champion and reached the NCAA Tournament in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010. The men’s team set a school record with 18 wins in 2007-08 and advanced to the America East Championship finals for the first time in school history.

Revenue enhancement has also been an area of growth for Hartford under Meiser’s leadership. This has taken place through an expanded fund raising and alumni relations effort, development of a corporate sponsorship program, implementation of a licensing program and successful grant submissions. Most significantly, Hartford athletics embarked on a $10 million athletics capital campaign in April of 2003. The campaign, called Home Field Advantage, funded the renovation of the existing soccer and lacrosse field, the relocation and construction of a softball field, the construction of a baseball field and will include construction of At Hartford, Meiser heads a team that is responsible for growing the a track surrounding an all-purpose field. The ground breaking for Home athletics and academic quality of the program, enhancing revenue and Field Advantage took place in April of 2005, and Phase I of the project was completed in 2007. Phase II is presently under way. extending the program into the community. Meiser’s commitment to academics is well documented and demonIn Meiser’s tenure, seven sports (women’s basketball, men’s soccer, strated through the success of her student-athletes. Hartford has been women’s soccer, men’s golf, women’s golf, men’s tennis and women’s among the leaders in The America’s East’s Academic Cup standings


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each of the past 10 years. The Hawks won the Cup in 1996-97. They Prior to joining the Hawks, Meiser was the associate athletics director have had a 3.0 or higher in fourteen of the last sixteen semesters. This for administration and senior women’s administrator at the University of past academic year, the average student-athlete GPA was 3.06. Connecticut. During her 10 years at Connecticut, she played a pivotal role in the rejuvenation of the athletics program. Student-athlete and staff engagment has been important for Meiser. She is past chair of the Greater Hartford Convention and Visitors Bu- Before arriving at Connecticut, Meiser was the head women’s basketreau. Her appointment came at a critical time as the city opened a $350 ball coach and a tenured faculty member at Penn State (1971-81). She million convention center. Meiser was named a Connecticut “Woman of gave the first women’s basketball scholarship at Penn State in 1974 and Merit” by the Girl Scouts in June 2000. She is a board member of both advanced the program to Top-20 status in the late 1970s. In addition, the Connecticut Special Olympics and the YMCA. She is a former board she coached the Gold Medal-winning East team in the inaugural 1979 member of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame. While serving in National Sports Festival. 2007, Meiser served as Co-Chair of the CWHF Gala that celebrated the 35th anniversary of Title IX. The evening brought together four hun- Meiser holds a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education dred of the top female Olympians and national champions with ties to (1969) from West Chester University and a M.Ed. in education (1971) and an MBA in business administration (1986) from Penn State. She is the state of Connecticut. a native of Lancaster, PA, and has four children: Katherine, 38, wife of Meiser has also been involved with various intercollegiate committees Jason Steadman of London; Christopher, 36, husband of Renee Jansen, and organizations at the conference, regional and national levels. She Boston; Julie, 34, wife of Robert Rioux of State College, PA; and Daniel, serves on the Executive Committee of NACDA and is a past President of 31, West Hartford. She also has one grandson, Lincoln. the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (NACDA), has been a professional sport liaison, member of the soccer rules committee and active as a NCAA Certification representative. Over the years, she has also served a variety of roles in the America East Conference and is presently chair of the Executive Committee.

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HARTFORD STRENGTH and C m o r f d r A w on d C o n d i t i o n i n g a . . h . t r g e n s e u r o t S o ac h D a v e H C

The philosophy we endorse as part of the Hartford Hawks strength and conditioning program is quite simple. We are seeking the best gains, in the least amount of time, in the safest way possible. All training sessions are supervised by the strength and conditioning staff to augment results and reduce any chance for injury. We endorse a variety of modalities, and forms of training, and are constantly looking to improve the program to make it more efficient. As a student-athlete your time will be limited due to class schedule, practice time, travel, homework, eating, sleeping, and hopefully some form of a social life.


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RD TENNIS CONDITIONING The voluntary training cards provided are basic routines that follow similar protocols you will experience on campus. However, we have simplified them to meet the equipment you most likely will have available to utilize during the summer training period. When you come to campus you will be exposed to the full effects and direction of the strength and conditioning program. All student-athletes at the University of Hartford will experience mental, and physical, challenges that will push them well beyond what each individual thought was possible. Ultimately, the student-athlete is responsible for their success or failure. We as coaches are here to provide a training plan, and guide you.

Following the rules behind the strength and conditioning program will help you achieve the top five reasons for training. The training methods we endorse may be unorthodox, but they will assure we are both overloading and being progressive with all training protocols. The strength and conditioning routines at the University of Hartford are brief and intense out of necessity. Once again, our goal remains to maximize training in the least amount of time. Make the commitment to your team. Have laser-focus on goals. Get locked in. This unrelenting approach will make the difference in all phases of training.

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Shawn McCarthy Head Trainer

Caitlin Collazo Assistant Trainer

UNIVERSITY OF SPORTS M Four full-time sports medicine professionals provide a comprehensive list of services, including injury care and rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, drug and alcohol education, and general personal health advisement. The goal of the sports medicine department is to provide the student athletes at the University of Hartford with the best health care possible. We remain committed to the continuous upgrading of the education, clinical skill development and equipment used in the delivery of sports medicine services. Our philosophy is that the needs of the student athletes will always be the first consideration for all members of the sports medicine staff.


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Heather Patterson Assistant Trainer

OF HARTFORD MEDICINE The sports medicine staff is aided by a wide range of equipment for the prevention of injuries and the rehabilitation and conditioning of student-athletes. A weight room, used solely by student-athletes and supervised by the training staff and a strength and conditioning professional, is housed in the sports medicine wing of the Sports Center.

Elizabeth Hutchinson Assistant Trainer

The sports medicine staff is supported by a network of highly qualified medical and counseling professionals practicing in the Greater Hartford area. Student Health Services staff, also located in the Sports Center, work in concert with the sports medicine staff in providing studentathletes with a full complement of coverage. hartford hawks tennis


America East Conference Now in its fourth decade of operation, America East has evolved into one of the most comprehensive NCAA Division I conferences with a commitment to broad-based, competitive athletics programs, complementing the academic integrity and missions of the member institutions. Progressive in its approach to its more than 3,400 student-athletes, America East recognizes champions in each of its 20 sports: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s tennis, and women’s volleyball. America East also conducts the nation’s most comprehensive academic recognition program for student-athletes. With a geographic footprint covering the Mid-Atlantic to Northeast regions of the United States, America East strives to develop champions in academics, athletics and leadership at its nine member institutions: University at Albany, Binghamton University, Boston University, University of Hartford, University of Maine, UMBC, University of New Hampshire, Stony Brook University and University of Vermont.

ers downed UMass, while the Seawolves upended N.C. State. • Binghamton men’s tennis climbed to No. 43 in the nation while Sven Vloedgraven became the first America East tennis student-athlete to qualify for the NCAA individual championships. Leadership… • America East entered into a corporate sponsorship with Newman’s Own, Inc. and Newman’s Own Foundation, which sponsored the first Campus Community Service Challenge to foster social good on the conference’s nine campuses and in surrounding communities. Over $100,000 was donated as part of the Challenge. • Hartford volleyball player Lindsay Makowicki and Stony Brook baseball player Stephen Marino were named the America East Male and Female Sportsmanship Award winners. • UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski was named one of the nation’s “10 Best College Presidents” by Time Magazine. • Five America East institutions are ranked among the top 110 national universities according to the U.S News and World Report America’s Best College Guide and UMBC was recognized as the top “Up-and-Coming” university in the country. • Several former America East athletes have made a positive impact in the professional ranks: • Former Hartford men’s basketball star Vin Baker and three-time America East Player of the Year Reggie Lewis, who captained the Boston Celtics at the time of his premature death, combined to make five NBA All-Star appearances during their careers. Three-time America East Player of the Year Malik Rose played 13 seasons with five teams and contributed to a pair of championships with the San Antonio Spurs. • Three-time All-America East selection Jose Juan Barea has played three season with the Dallas Mavericks and twotime Player of Year Marqus Blakely played with the Los Angeles Clippers’ summer league squad and earned a two-year contract. • Current women’s basketball coaches Jennifer Rizzotti TM (Hartford) and Cindy Blodgett (Maine) have appeared in WNBA action. • Hartford grad Jeff Bagwell belted 448 home runs in 15 seasons with the Houston Astros and was named the National League Rookie of the Year in 1991 and MVP in 1994. • Carlos Pena, the 1998 Baseball Scholar-Athlete at Northeastern, earned American League Comeback Player of the Year honors in 2007, won an American League Gold Glove at first base in 2008, made his first All-Star appearance in 2009 and finished with a league-leading 39 home runs. Minnesota Twins’ Joe Nathan, a former Academic All-American at Stony Brook, has been an All-Star four times and won the Rolaids Relief Man Award in 2009. • Several men’s soccer standouts have played professionally, both in the United States and abroad. Boston University graduate Andy Dorman played four seasons with the New England Revolution in MLS and has spent the last four years in the Scottish and English Premier Leagues. Two-time America East Goalkeeper of the Year Bouna Coundoul from Albany has played five seasons in MLS with the Colorado Rapids and New York Red Bulls and has 25 career shutouts. Steward Ceus (Albany) and Samuel Appiah (Boston University) were drafted by Colorado and the Houston Dynamo each of the last two years. • Boston University’s Mara Osher, a two-time all-conference honoree, and Casey Brown, the only three-time America East Defender of the Year, were drafted by the Washington Freedom and Boston Breakers of Women’s Professional Soccer, respectively.


Academics… • Vermont captured its sixth straight America East Academic Cup in 2010 after its student-athletes registered a cumulative 3.19 grade-point average, which was the best mark in the award’s 15-year history. New Hampshire recorded a 3.16 GPA and also eclipsed the former standard, while five other schools earned a 3.0 GPA or better. • America East’s 3,400 student-athletes registered a combined 3.05 GPA during the 2009-10 academic year and over 60 percent of them were named to America East’s Academic Honor Roll for recording GPA’s of 3.0 or better. • Seven student-athletes were tabbed ESPN The Magazine/ CoSIDA Academic All-Americans during the 2009-10 season, the league’s most since the 2005-06 academic year. Twenty others were All-District selections. • Binghamton’s Sven Vloedgraven (tennis) and Vermont’s May Kotsopoulos (basketball) were the America East Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year, respectively. • Twenty-four America East teams were publicly recognized by the NCAA for their multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR), for finishing among the top 10 percent of teams in the nation, the league’s most since 2006.

Athletics… • Boston University won the Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner’s Cup for the fifth straight year and eighth time in the last nine years after capturing a league-high tying six championships, three regular-season titles and three runner-up finishes during the 2009-10 season. • Twenty-two America East student-athletes earned All-America recognition, including one in men’s basketball, one each in men’s and women’s soccer, six in men’s lacrosse, seven in women’s lacrosse, one each in field hockey and softball and four in cross country/track & field. • A record six America East men’s and women’s basketball teams qualified for the postseason: Boston University men (CBI), Boston University women (WNIT), Hartford women (NCAA), Stony Brook men (NIT), Vermont men (NCAA) and Vermont women (NCAA). • Stony Brook men’s lacrosse climbed to No. 7 in the nation and reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship after an 9-7 victory over Denver in the first round. • Boston University softball and Stony Brook baseball each won a game in its respective NCAA Championship. The Terri-


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DATE Sept. 11 Sept. 15 Sept. 23 Sept. 24-26 Oct. 8-10 Oct. 13 Oct. 14-19 Oct. 16-17 Oct. 22 Oct. 23 Oct. 29-31

DAY OPPONENT Sat. at Fairfield Doubles Invitational (M/W) Wed. at Connecticut (M) Thu. SIENA (M/W) Fri.-Sun. UConn Invitational (M) Fri.-Sun. at Quinnipiac Invitational (M) Wed. at Providence (W) Thu.-Tue. at ITA Regionals (M) Sat.-Sun. at New England Championships (W) Fri. ST. FRANCIS (NY) (M/W) Sat. at Holy Cross (M/W) Fri.-Sun. at Connecticut College Championships (M)

DATE Feb. 25 Feb. 26 Mar. 4 Mar. 5 Mar. 6 Mar. 12 Mar. 13 Mar. 15 Mar. 24 Mar. 26 Mar. 26 Apr. 1 Apr. 2 Apr. 5 Apr. 8 Apr. 9 Apr. 13 Apr. 14 Apr. 16 Apr. 16 Apr. 21 Apr. 26 Apr. 29-May 1

DAY OPPONENT Fri. FAIRFIELD (M) % Sat. RHODE ISLAND (W) % Fri. BRYANT (M) % Sat. MANHATTAN (W) % Sun. at Quinnipiac (M) Sat. at UMBC (M/W) * Sun. at Coppin State (M/W) Tue. at Loyola (Md.) (M/W) Thu. at Quinnipiac (W) Sat. vs. St. Francis (Pa.) (M/W) ^ Sat. at NJIT (M/W) Fri. HOFSTRA (M/W) Sat. SACRED HEART (M/W) Tue. HOLY CROSS (M/W) Fri. at Lafayette (M) Sat. at Marist (M) Wed. BRYANT (W) Thu. FAIRFIELD (W) Sat. BINGHAMTON (M/W) * Sat. STONY BROOK (M/W) * Thu. at Boston University (M) * Tue. at Albany (W) * Fri.-Sun. at America East Championships (M/W)


M - Men’s Team Only W - Women’s Team Only M/W - Men’s & Women’s Doubleheader * - America East Conference Match CAPS - Home Matches (Hartford Tennis Courts) % - to be played at East Hartford Tennis Club ^ - to be played in Newark, N.J.

TIME/RESULT Individual Results L, 1-6 M: W, 4-3 / W: L, 0-7 Individual Results Individual Results L, 2-5 Individual Results Individual Results M: W, 6-1 / W: W, 6-1 M: W, 6-1 / W: W, 4-3 Individual Results TIME/RESULT 5:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 9:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. TBA

2011 Hartford Tennis Media Guide  

2011 Hartford Tennis Media Guide