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Recruiting: What To Look For In Parents And Athletes

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Dick Gould (@Dick_Gould), a PCA National Advisory Board member, is the winningest coach in Stanford men's tennis history, taking 17 NCAA titles in his 38 seasons. Under his guidance, former players have excelled with 9 reaching the top 15 in ATP world singles rankings and 50 becoming All-Americans. His former players have also captured 13 grand slam championships and 10 NCAA singles championships.

As a collegiate coach, Gould did his fare share of recruiting. As he shares in this video clip, he spent effort identifying important characteristics of athletes and parents. Ideally, Gould wanted to recruit athletes with parents that were nurturing and supportive, but that wouldn't get in the way of an athlete's success.

When looking at players, skills were important, but it was also important to him that a player was more concerned with the team than with themselves. If “we” was more important than “me” Gould knew he could get the most of the player as an athlete and a person.