Jim Berrigan | Head Coach | Men’s Tennis / Women’s Tennis | Babson College

Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?

The first thing that comes to mind when assessing a potential athlete is, can they do the work here? Second, are they close to the admitted student benchmarks? Once we figure out if they are admissible, I look to see their rankings, tournament activity and TennisRecruiting.net “star’ rating. Based on rankings and ratings if I feel they are going to be an impact player, it is important to get them on to campus for an overnight with our team to see if they fit with team’s chemistry. If they feel comfortable on campus and blend in well with the team, we continue to recruit the athlete.

Could you give an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?

We had a women’s player, Daniela who graduated in ’05, I had seen her play in HS and thought she could help but I was unsure about her athleticism. She played #5 singles in her 1st year and started her Babson career 13-0. She was not much of a doubles player until she met her partner from Queens, NY. She had never played doubles but partner had an infectious enthusiasm about playing that pushed her to get better and better. The next year, our team, out of a possible 57 total matches for all 3 doubles teams we lost 1 match. Daniela and her partner were undefeated.