The Dublin tennis program is designed to support competitive tennis players on a range of personal and athletic development from novice to competitive to high-performance. Ultimately, the goal of the program is to provide the training, exposure and academic rigor to allow high-performance athletes to compete at top-level D1/D3 universities. Students have the unique opportunity to couple a rigorous and respected college-preparatory educational program with a full range of high school and USTA tennis competitions.
Dublin's coaching approach is based on a four-part strategy to maximize potential. The program is designed to ensure that tennis-athletes develop the following foundational skills which are essential to succeeding in a high-level tennis environment.
Technical - balance, posture and mechanical efficiency
Tactical - playing with a purpose using directionals, court position and spin
Physical - cross-training to develop a finely conditioned athlete
Emotional/Mental - working toward competitive maturity
Since the demands of college tennis are quite different from those placed on high school athletes, we also have structured our program to support student-athletes in preparing for the college experience. College athletics are demanding of both time and emotional energy. We further support prospective college athletes in developing the following skills which are critical to college happiness and success.
Learning to be a teammate.
The home of the tennis program is the on-campus, award-winning Horgan Tennis Center with four gorgeous all-weather courts. Clay and indoor courts are fully available to our high-performance players on a regular basis.
Athletic Director, Tennis Program Director and Head Coach
Paul Wardlaw coached the women’s team at Brown University for fourteen successful seasons after seven record-breaking seasons at the University of Iowa. At Brown, Wardlaw turned a stagnant program into one of the top programs in the region and nation, being named the 2009 ITA East Region Coach of the Year. Wardlaw’s formative coaching years took place at Kenyon College where his teams won three NCAA Division III National Championships in 1993, 1995 and 1997. Wardlaw earned Wilson/ITA Division III Coach of the Decade honors in 2001. Wardlaw is well known nationally and internationally for his tactical system called Directionals and for Pressure Tennis, his book that outlines a games- approach practice and training system.
Wardlaw is an expert in college recruiting and knows most of the current high-level D1 and D3 college coaches intimately.
Tom Cutone has coached tennis at all levels for over 35 years. He has served as the Director of Tennis at the Old Lyme Country Club for 25 years and has also coached at multiple clubs at Hilton Head, SC and Vero Beach, FL. Tom is a PTR (Professional Tennis Registry) National Tester; Certified Special Olympics Coach; has a USTA Umpire certification and was the #1 Ranked Doubles USTA New England Player in 1993. He was named the PTR Connecticut Pro of the Year in 2004. In addition to coaching at the Dublin School, he has formerly served as the Wesleyan University head tennis coach.