Sterling, VA (July 3, 2016) – Dominion graduate Jake Cole has commit to play tennis for Roger Williams University beginning the 2016/2017 academic school year.
“My recruiting experience went smoothly, said Cole. It was easy once I knew Rogers Williams was the school I wanted to attend. It felt great to commit and know where I was going to spend my next four years, and to know I’ll have the opportunity to play tennis as well.”
Located in Bristol, Rhode Island, overlooking Mount Hope Bay, Roger Williams University is a private institution with programs in the liberal arts and the professions, where students become community- and globally-minded citizens through project-based, experiential learning. RWU has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,160, it’s setting is suburban, and the campus size is 143 acres. Offering more than 40 majors, a plethora of co-curricular activities, as well as study abroad options, RWU is dedicated to the success of students, a commitment to a set of core values, and to providing a relevant, world-class education above all else. The 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Regional Universities North ranks Roger Williams #36.
“A major factor for me deciding on Robert Williams was I was looking for a small school with a Marine Biology major, and RWU has a state-of-the-art Marine Biology program.”
Cole’s head tennis coach will be Barry Gorman. Barry Gorman returns to the court for his fourth season as head coach of the RWU Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams. In his first season at the helm of the men’s programs, he guided the team to a 7-1 record in the Commonwealth Coast Conference. His second season saw him being named as CCC Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year after guiding RWU to a perfect 7-0 conference record, as well as the program’s eighth straight berth to the CCC Championship match. In his second year, Gorman’s team won the CCC regular season title for the second straight season, advanced to the CCC Championship Match, and was honored as CCC Coach of the Year for the second straight season.
“My expectations first year on campus are to learn as much as I can from the coaches and upperclassmen, improve my game, and excel at being a student-athlete.”
Cole, a two-time selection to Viva Loudoun’s All-Loudoun Boys Tennis team, has played tennis for 13-years. When asked about some of his fondest sports memories during that tenure, he shared, “having an undefeated singles record and competing at regionals during my junior year.”
“I am thankful of my family and many coaches for all their support and guidance, especially my high school coach Akhil Pal, and my coaches at Ashburn Village Sports Pavilion, especially Branden Beats.”
Asked what advice he’d give others pursuing their dreams, Jake shared, “Always keep working hard and to learn from your mistakes.”
Please join us in wishing Jake the very best in his tennis career and his pursuit of a Marine Biology degree from Roger Williams University.
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