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Brad Dancer Named Women's Tennis Coach
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 22, 2004
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Tucson, Ariz. (August 2) - Brad Dancer, professional coach and assistant on the United States Fed Cup Team, has been hired as head coach of the University of Arizona women's tennis team. Dancer succeeds Stephanie London, who resigned earlier this summer for family considerations after leading UA to NCAA Tournament play in both her seasons.

Dancer, 28, a former All-Big Ten player at Michigan State, his alma mater, has been a teaching pro and coach with such renowned athletes at Martina Navratilova, Patty Schnyder and 1999 Australian Open mixed doubles champion Mariaan de Swardt.

He currently serves on the Women's Tennis Association Coaches Committee, has been a member of the United State Professional Tennis Association since 1991 and was coach of the Delaware Smash of the World Team Tennis League.

"Brad gives the University of Arizona a superlative technician and a coach who has been involved in many aspects of top-level tennis," UA senior associate athletics director Kathleen LaRose said. "With such a quick need to fill Stephanie's position, we're fortunate to have found a teacher with Brad's credentials," she said.


Dancer said, "I've wanted to get into college coaching ever since I played at Michigan State. Unfortunately - or fortunately - I've had some great opportunities to work with some outstanding professional players. But when this came up, I knew in my mind that it was THE position," he said.

Dancer earned his bachelor's degree in business administration in 1993 from MSU, where he played the No. 1 singles and earned All-Big Ten honors his senior year. He was a four-year Academic All-Big Ten selection from 1990-93 and team captain and NCAA qualifier his senior year.

He commenced his coaching career in clubs and academies in Michigan, Colorado and later Bradenton, Fla., near his current home in Sarasota. He has traveled to more than 20 countries working with elite junior development programs and numerous touring professionals.

In 1996 he began his ongoing role as an assistant to Billie Jean King for the Fed Cup Team and has continued to work with the Michigan State program as a volunteer assistant. His work with touring professionals has involved overall preparations, diet, fitness, technique and court strategy.

The University of Arizona women's team extended its streak to 12 consecutive NCAA appearances this past season and finished No. 31 with an 8-14 record.

"It's a fine opportunity," Dancer said. "There's no reason the program can't go where it wants to go in the collegiate tennis world -- and that rests on me. Arizona has all the resources -- just based on the help I've received over the phone getting me started on my first day in the job."

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