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Scoville Jenkins: Kennesaw State Asst. Coach

Scoville Jenkins Joins Men's Tennis Staff

6/11/2010


KENNESAW, Ga. – The Kennesaw State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and head men’s tennis coach T.J. Greggs has announced that former professional tennis player, Scoville Jenkins, will join the staff as assistant men’s coach.

A native of Atlanta, Ga., Jenkins will officially assume his role as assistant coach on Aug. 12, announced Greggs in an introduction this afternoon at the KSU Convocation Center.

“I am very excited to be joining the coaching staff at Kennesaw State,” said Jenkins. “Coach Greggs and the entire staff has been very welcoming and I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

Jenkins was the first African-American to ever win the Boys' 18 USTA National Hard Court title in singles in the tournament's 89-year history when he captured the crown in 2004 in Kalamazoo, Mich. The six-year professional joins the Owls staff after a career that included appearances at the French Open and U.S. Open.

“There are only so many ways which I can say how excited we are to have someone with Scoville’s international experience and demeanor joining our program.” said Greggs. “This is going to help us become a much more competitive team in the Atlantic Sun Conference.”

During his career, Jenkins has played against the top names in tennis including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Jarkko Nieminen and Jonas Bjorkman. In 2005, Jenkins defeated Swiss veteran George Bastl in the first round of the U.S. Open before falling to Nadal in the second round.

“I want to bring my experience as a former player to the Owls,” added Jenkins. “I will stress hard work, both on the court and in the classroom, and show them that with dedication and hard work, results will follow.”

Over his career, Jenkins has defeated several ranked opponents including No. 12-ranked Dominik Hrbaty, No. 13-ranked Nieminen and No. 18-ranked Vince Spadea. He also has wins over Donald Young and Alexander Peya in the 2009 BNP Paribas Open.

“Because I would like to be a head coach at the collegiate level someday, I am looking forward to gaining experience with the Owls and helping the program reach the highest level possible,” concluded Jenkins.

Jenkins will conclude his professional playing career this summer, playing World Team Tennis for the New York Buzz. On Aug. 6, Jenkins will play an exhibition match at the Rx Optical/Greenleaf Trust & Greenleaf Hospitality Exhibition at Stowe Tennis Stadium on the campus of Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Mich.

http://www.ksuowls.com/news/2010/6/9...609100232.aspx
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Kennesaw State Congrats to him though

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Wow, I didn't realize he retired. Good luck to him.

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He got beat 1 and 1 in the semis of a USTA prize money tourney a couple of weeks ago. Interestingly enough, the guy that he lost to went down in the finals to none other than Brian Baker (who cruised through the entire tourney). I sure would love to see Baker make one last injury-free run.

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great job after a great career
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He sounds happy, good for him. Unfortunately, his career was a horrible disappointment of losses and injury, but it's good he has something else to go to now and he can teach kids about the life of a pro tennis player and how to play the game. Good luck to him.
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It would seem a bit unusual for him to ever become a head coach at the college level without having gone to college himself. Hopefully he will use this position, which must be part time, as an opportunity to go school and get an education.

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This is obviously a stepping stone job. If he is actually serious about coaching college tennis I don't see why he couldn't get a decent head coaching job in a few years.

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It would seem a bit unusual for him to ever become a head coach at the college level without having gone to college himself. Hopefully he will use this position, which must be part time, as an opportunity to go school and get an education.
Yeah, I'd have to agree. I think it's pretty much a requirement at any school that you need to have at a minimum a college degree to be a head coach.

He'll probably work towards that at Kennesaw as he coaches.
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guy had a big game. didn't realise he had retired.
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guy had a big game. didn't realise he had retired.
Yeah, and at 23 years old no less
A bit of injury trouble for Scoville but there are plenty of things under his control that he could have done much better to fulfill his potential.

Anyway, good luck to him in his new career. I hope to see Sco as the coach of a big school eight or ten years from now.

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Yeah, I'd have to agree. I think it's pretty much a requirement at any school that you need to have at a minimum a college degree to be a head coach.

He'll probably work towards that at Kennesaw as he coaches.

Most colleges have some sort of arrangement where assistant coaches receive either free (or very discounted) tuition, so he's probably doing something along that line. There are a few WTA players who did the same thing once they retired.
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I think the only explanation I can come up for his retirement is that he didn't see the fruits of his labor. No way should he be ranked in the 400's.
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He got beat 1 and 1 in the semis of a USTA prize money tourney a couple of weeks ago. Interestingly enough, the guy that he lost to went down in the finals to none other than Brian Baker (who cruised through the entire tourney). I sure would love to see Baker make one last injury-free run.

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