Chapter 17: Managing & Recruiting Large Rosters
College tennis teams are traditionally known for their small roster sizes. However, some coaches have figured out the many benefits of carrying larger roster sizes and the increased revenue it can provide their institution. This can help make their program more relevant in the eyes of their campus leaders.
With stagnant athletic department budgets, athletic directors may ask their coaches to start increasing the minimum number of players they manage on their rosters. This can seem like a daunting task and maybe impossible on some campuses due to limited court access. Ryun Ferrell (Central College) and Adam Strand (Luther College) provide some very well articulated insights into how they go about recruiting big rosters, ease concerns about playing time, organize practices, and the many positives they have found managing a larger roster.
Managing & Recruiting Large Rosters with Ryun Ferrell
Ryun Ferrell began his college coaching career in 1995 as a volunteer assistant at the University of Kansas. Since then he has served as the head women’s coach at Division I Drake (1999-2006) and the head women’s coach at Division I Northern Illinois University (2006-2014). Since 2014 he has served as the head men’s and women’s coach at DIII Central College where he manages 37 players between the men’s and women’s rosters. Ryun also provides some great insights into work/life balance and recruiting.
Managing & Recruiting Large Rosters with Adam Strand
Adam Strand served as the head coach at Augustana College (IL) from 2006-2011. He returned to his alma mater, Luther College, in 2011 to coach both the men’s and women’s teams and has enjoyed a great deal of success during his 10 years at the helm. Adam enjoys the challenge of managing 20 players on each of his two rosters and shares some of what he has learned recruiting, coaching, and managing large rosters for the past 15 years.