The right man for the job

Tuesday August 31st, 2010

I just connected with an old college classmate whom I’d lost touch with. I was surprised to learn, he's become a full-time college tennis coach. No slouch of a tennis player, Jeff Wyshner was the captain of our intramural basketball and tennis teams. He was admirably hardcore, diagramming plays and arranging extra late-night practices on a squash court. I probably should have realized then how committed he was to coaching.

While attending Columbia Law School, Jeff moonlighted as a tennis coach at Manhattan College. He was offered a job at a prominent Manhattan law firm but they  told him they couldn’t accommodate his requests to continue coaching. I suspect it was to their great surprise that he told the firm to take a hike. He turned down a full-time job in law to stay on a college coach. He moved on to become the men’s and women’s coach at Fairfield. He spent the past four years at the University of Akron. Last week, he made like another Akron resident and took his talents south -- in this case to Wake Forest, where he’ll be the new women’s coach. They’re lucky to have him.

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