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Shosho moves into college coaching

Lyndsay Shosho, 23, is recognized as one of the greatest women's tennis players in the history of Western New York.

Last season, the Georgia Tech star attained All-American Division I honors in doubles with her partner, Kristi Miller, becoming only one of 10 teams to attain that honor.

Their outstanding season was highlighted by a win over Northwestern's Alexis Prousis and Georgia Rose, the eventual NCAA Division I doubles champions, in team competition.

In addition, Shosho became only the second Western New York woman to attain All-American Division I honors, besides Rachel Epstein of Indiana University in 1993, and also holds wins over two Division I top-ranked ranked players.

After her sparkling career at Georgia Tech one would surmise that Shosho would attempt to play on the women's professional tennis tour.

"When I first went to Georgia Tech my focus was strictly on playing and perhaps giving the pro tour a try," she said. "The more I played the more I was influenced by the coaching aspects of tennis and the realization that attempting to make it as a pro would take a strong commitment and an enormous amount of time."

Shosho said she's been influenced by her head coach, Bryan Shelton, a former pro, and assistant coach Marian De Swardt, a former two-time Grand Slam doubles winner.

After sending letters to more than 40 schools throughout the country and visiting Purdue, Harvard, and William and Mary, Shosho signed a contract to become the assistant women's tennis coach at the University of Hawaii and will be starting her coaching career early next month.

Hawaii has a five-month tennis season and plays against nationally ranked teams such as UCLA and Cal-Berkeley.

Shosho is excited about her first collegiate coaching position and feels that she has a great amount to offer as a coach. She has a strong background and experience in teaching, including a stint at Amherst Hills Tennis Club.

She also brings experience as a world-class player, and a passion for the game.

"At the college level technique isn't really the main issue," Shosho said. "Managing the team, providing strategy, and perhaps most important, you must be able to tailor your coaching style to fit the emotions of the players that you are working with.

"A good coach has to realize that each player has a different personality and mind-set. Psychologically, you have to treat each individual fairly and provide as much support and morale boosting as possible."

In addition to coaching, the Williamsville East graduate loves the fact that she will be able to travel all over the United States with the team, rather than being locked into an office.

Shelton greatly respected Shosho's abilities and work ethic, and feels that she has made an excellent choice in becoming a coach.
"Lyndsay loves the game and is one of the hardest workers that I have ever had on any of my teams," Shelton said. "When you tell her something she always wants to know how she can improve herself and others around her. She is great with both kids and adults alike. Lyndsay adapts to any coaching situation and has the makings of eventually becoming a great head coach."

DeSwardt added, "Lyndsay is a student of the game. She understands all aspects of coaching and gets along with everyone. She is always striving to improve herself and the players that she comes in contact with. Lyndsay will be a huge asset to the Hawaii coaching staff."

Shosho can't wait to get started in her new venture. She feels that her never-quit attitude and eye for tactics and adjusting to players' styles of play will be a great asset as she embarks on her collegiate coaching career.

"I'm in coaching for the long run," she said. "My eventual goal is to become a head coach at a Division I school that will compete for the national title."

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Glen hosting tourney

From Jan. 5-7, the Village Glen Tennis and Fitness Club will be hosting a tennis tournament that will award $450 to the winner, $150 to the runner-up, $100 to the semifinalists, and $50 to the quarterfinalists. Leading players from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Massachusetts, Southern Ontario and Western New York are expected to compete.

Russell Tringali Jr. is the tournament director. For more information call 633-1635.

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Dann will be missed

Bill Dann, who recently passed away at the age of 80, was one of Western New York's greatest squash doubles players. Dann and Nelson Graves, his lifetime friend, combined to win many city and national squash doubles titles in virtually every open and age group category.

He will be remembered as being an outstanding sportsman and the consummate gentleman, both on and off the court.

e-mail: thegreatgar@cs.com

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