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The Gold Standard

05/14/13 – The men's tennis program has a long standing history of success on and off the courts. The competitive nature of the team and the high character individuals that Coach Hendrick brings into the program disproves the idea of "good guys finishing last".

Year in and year out the men's tennis program excels in all facets of life. Whether it's piling up victories, engaging themselves in the Aquinas community or meeting a high standard in the classroom. A sense of pride and accomplishment is enjoyed by current, past and future Saints.

Coach Jerry Hendrick, who is in his 22nd year at the helm, gives all the credit to his disciples. The current squad, who is currently ranked 12th in the nation, has the likes of Eric VanGessel, Justin Crain, Kurt Brummel, Scott David, Mike Rose and Patrick Bruining to live up to. The tradition trumps talent or skill, a Saint has the duty to maintain the high level of play and the high ideal of what it means to be on this team.

Mediocrity or a "down year" is not an option. Coach Hendrick, who recently achieved his 400th career coaching victory, continues to recruit and mentor the finest individuals he can find. The fact that they can handle a racket is just the icing on the cake. This year's cast of characters is no exception. Version 20.13 has the Saints in the national tournament, with conference and regional titles already under their belts.

Five members of this year's squad were named WHAC Men's Tennis Player of the Week, while Kyle Masteleer was named the NAIA's National Player of the Week last month. The Saints, who are making their 11th appearance at the championships, finished the regular season with a 23-4 record. Aquinas will be paired up with Asbury (Kentucky) today at 9 a.m. The Eagles will be playing in their second championships and sport a 16-3 record.

Coach Hendrick, who carries a 407-125 record over his tenure, sites the the athletic director, support staff and his players for the success. A humbled man, who has dedicated his life to the Hendrick family and the Aquinas College Men's Tennis family, will always be associated with a winning program. More importantly Hendrick and his players are not only successful on the court, but highly successful in life.

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