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Tennis On Campus Builds Skill Set for Employment After Graduation

Ryan Tracy
Ferris State Alum Ryan Tracy

Ryan Tracy was a tennis enthusiast – Captain of his high school team and a USTA junior tournament player. Tennis was in his blood, and when he went off to Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, he knew he wanted to play as much as possible and set out to make that happen.

“We didn’t have a co-ed club team, so I founded the Tennis On Campus program during my Freshman year. Matches took place every weekend, but the hardest part was finding enough girls to play. I worked with the captain of the girl’s club team and we decided that the two teams should merge.” At the start of his sophomore year the club was ready to advertise and hold tryouts.

Sixty people showed up to try out for the team and Tracy admits, “I was blown away by the response. Rather than cut anyone, we created two teams- A & B – so that everyone could play.” With a full roster of players practices were held four times a week at the only time the courts were available – 10:30pm-midnight. The team was passionate and dedicated comments Tracy, “even though there were people who had classes first thing in the morning, it never stopped them from attending and having fun with their teammates.”

Tracy credits Tennis On Campus with helping him grow as a leader and shaping his college experience. “It helped me meet some great people – not just at my school, but throughout the area as well as nationally. It also helped me step up and hone my interpersonal skills as I was president of the team for two and a half years.”

Ryan Tracy at NCC
Tracy playing at the USTA National Campus Championship

This leadership role combined with the Tennis Management Program at Ferris State gave Tracy valuable insight and hands-on expertise that helped him gain employment in the tennis industry. After an internship at Georgetown Prep in Rockville, Maryland, Tracy was offered a full time position– the summer before his senior year. While most of his teammates were worried about finding a job after college, Tracy was able to relax and search for an apartment.

As a Senior Staff Professional Tracy helps with the Junior Tennis Academy and runs a variety of programming for all ages. He is also the director of an off-site location – North Chevy Chase Club where clinics and classes are offered daily.

“I feel lucky to keep tennis as a major part in my life.” Tracy is hoping to spread the word about Ferris State and the Tennis On Campus program. “I had such a great experience and I would like to give back as both did so much for me.”

Find out what jobs are currently available in the industry at www.careersintennis.com. Careers in Tennis is an industry-wide effort to educate the marketplace and potential candidates about tennis career opportunities. Whether you are interested in coaching, teaching, court construction, sales, management public relations or more, you can search listings and post your resume. Tennis is the fastest growing traditional sport and you can be a part of it.

For more information about the Tennis Management Program at Ferris State University click here.

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