Head Coach Ron Ward
Experience: Ron was a Junior ranked player with national tournament experience. NCAA individual winner. NCAA team finalist. Ranked in the top 300 in the world on the ATP Tour. Finals of 11 pro events, and obtained wins over players in the top 20 in the world. Played ATP and Grand Slam events throughout the world. Ron has been a tennis coach for 25 plus years. Ron has coached juniors from beginning level, to as high as # 1 in the US. Ron has coached and traveled throughout the world with players as high as 30 in the world. Ron has Coached at the High School level to the Collegiate level from 1994, and took over the Men's and Women's Head coaching job at De Anza College in 2009.
About De Anza Women's Tennis
We have had a successful team record, 8 conference championships, and three Nor Cal Championships and in 1998 we won the State Team Championship--the first Northern California team to achieve this honor. At least 14 single's and 9 double's teams have participated in State Individual Tournaments since then. There have also been an average of two double's and one single's player who have participated in the Nor Cal Championships since 1998. In 2009, the Team lost in the final of the State Championship finishing # 2 in the State. Our # 1 player, Kunkanda Phuckchampa won the Ojai Tournament, Conference, Nor Cal Championship, and the State Event in Singles. De Anza's first individual title in tennis. Kunkanda and Diane Lutran finished 3rd in the state in doubles. Diane and Samantha Lam both finished in the top 8 in State.
The Coast Conference League is consistently one of the strongest leagues in Northern California. This competitive experience helps to build character as well as one's ability to play tennis.
The season consists of a maximum of 21 in-season matches, which includes at least two tournaments, 7 away and 7 home league matches and 3-4 scrimmages with teams out of our league.
If the team or an individual qualifies to participate in post-season competition, one' s season can consist of over a dozen more matches. The season starts in late January and ends in mid-May. Students are encouraged to participate in pre-season conditioning and advanced skills classes year round.
Preparation for the Intercollegiate Season starts in September at the beginning of the Fall Quarter. Students should enroll in Tennis Techniques, PE 32T.
Tryouts occur in early January. Students must enroll in the Intercollegiate Tennis class, PE 48W by the end of second week of the Winter quarter to be eligible to participate. The intercollegiate season spans from January 15 through the beginning of May.
Academic Requirements: Eligible players on the Women's Tennis team must have full-time academic status (10 academic units and 2 to 3 units for the intercollegiate tennis course, a minimum of 12 quarter units during the competitive season). Players must maintain at least a 2.0 grade average, working to achieve their potential academically as well as athletically during the season. Freshman or first-time competitors do not have a unit requirement to be eligible to compete. Sophomores or students who wish to compete for a second season must have completed 36 academic units prior to competing in their second season. Sophomores and transfer students should see our academic coordinator, Matt Trosper. He can help you with more details in this area. Call 408 864-8646 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment.Tennis Background
Any competitive experience is desired but not required. Our staff believes in working with students who desire to excel. Women who have "heart" and who are willing to commit to improving their physical stamina, knowledge of the game and tennis skills are encouraged to participate. Our students are from all ages and skill levels and have ranged from housewives and returning students to high school graduates. Some of our players are women who already have earned degrees but have never played intercollegiate tennis. Come out and work with us. Ladies, there will never be an opportunity such as this one!More about the program
We also believe that academic success is as important to the athlete as is the intercollegiate tennis experience. The college has many unique resources that support academic success and transfer. Many of our student-athletes have the opportunity to earn scholarships when they transfer to a 4-year institution.
Call the coaches at 831-234-3136 or come out to the courts to see us in the afternoon. Check the class schedule for our classes: tennis techniques or intercollegiate tennis for our schedules.
Contact: Ron Ward