Sterling, VA (July 9, 2016) – Dominion graduate Slade Dumas has commit to play tennis for Goucher College beginning the 2016/2017 academic school year.
“I enjoyed hearing from coaches from across the country and learning about their schools and tennis programs, said Dumas, but I felt a sense of relief when I committed to Goucher back in February. I feel that my next four years will include ample competition on the court, as well as scholarly pursuits that will include a study abroad program.”
Goucher College is a private, liberal arts college in the northern Baltimore suburb of Towson, MD. It was founded in 1885, has an approximate undergraduate enrollment of 1,475 students studying in 33 majors and six interdisciplinary programs, and approximately 900 students studying in graduate programs. A highlight of Goucher’s unique liberal arts curriculum is the requirement that all undergraduates must study abroad at least once before graduation. It was the first college in the nation to make such a bold move in globalized education. A popular choice among many Goucher students is to participate in a three-week intensive course abroad made up of an on-campus classroom component, followed by three weeks abroad during the winter or spring. The study abroad requirement is a big proponent as to why the U.S. News & World Report ranked Goucher #6 in its top 10 most innovative colleges in the country. Goucher also is well known for its creative writing, dance, and pre-med departments.
“Factors that played a significant role into my decision included attending a liberal arts college located close to or within the Washington, DC / Baltimore, MD Metro area, and the ability to play Division III tennis with a strong team and a strong coach.”
Dumas’ head tennis coach with be Brendan Kincaid. Coach Kincaid, a former ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year, is entering his fourth year as the head coach of the Goucher men’s tennis squad. Kincaid led a rapid turnaround of the program, and in 2014-15 he guided the Gophers to a 14-6 record, their most since the 2003-04 season and a spot in the Landmark Conference championship match. Under his direction, one player earned Rookie of the Year in the Landmark Conference and four earned All-Landmark Conference honors. As a player, Kincaid was named a D-III All-American in his senior season after going 20-5 in singles, playing primarily at the No. 1 position. He ended that year ranked 20th in the nation, and the ITA recognized him as the Senior Player of the Year in the Atlantic South Region.
Dumas, the three-time All-Loudoun Boys Tennis selection and 2016 Boys Tennis Player of the Year has played tennis since the age of nine. When asked about some of his fondest memories playing tennis during that tenure, Slade shared, “My fondest memories of playing tennis in high school are winning the singles and doubles conference matches. Other fond memories are the friendships I have made over the last four year on the Dominion Team. I also really enjoyed playing against friends from other high schools that I have trained with for years.”
“I am thankful for my parents who supported me with training over the years and supported me at the matches. I am also thankful for Akhil Pal and Jeff Biber – my Dominion Coaches, and Branden Beets, Gerhard Asiedu-ofei and Ben Leahy – my AVSP coaches.”
When asked what advice he’d share with others pursuing their dream, Slade shared, “I’ve always like the quote, ‘You only live once, but get to serve twice.”