April 17, 2017
Getting to Know: Sean McInernery - Utah State Head Women’s Tennis Coach
In this edition of Getting To Know, we interviewed Sean McInerney, head women's tennis coach at Utah State University and Director of the Nike Tennis Camp at Utah State University.
Coach McInerney is in his fourth season as Utah State head women’s tennis coach. During the 2015-16 season, McInerney’s Aggies earned a post-season win for the second-consecutive season as USU defeated Air Force in the Mountain West Championships, 4-3. It was the first time since 2003 that the Aggies won a post-season match in back-to-back years. Utah State ended the year with an 11-13 record, just the seventh time in school history USU finished the season with double-digit wins, three of which have come under McInerney.
- What is your most memorable tennis moment of 2016?
My most recent professional tennis moment was the Australian Open 5 set final between Federer and Nadal. It was two great champions putting it back together after a year of struggle and giving us possibly once last battle for a championship.
- What is your favorite tennis quote?
"Losing is not my enemy, fear of losing is my enemy." - Rafael Nadal
- Federer or Nadal? Explain.
It is a great rivalry because they are opposite. I tend to like Rafa because of the passion he brings to the game. His fight for every point is an amazing example for juniors and college players to strive for. He is also equally respectable with winning and losing which I think says a lot about how he views the sport and challenge.
- Are you superstitious when it comes to tennis? Explain.
To be honest I am not superstitious at all... but in tennis, many people seem to be. That is for sure!
- One handed or two handed backhand? Why?
I grew up with a two-hander so I have always only hit my backhand that way. There are benefits and drawbacks to each style based on your style of play.
- What should one eat for breakfast before a big match? Why?
Oatmeal with fruit: Ideal for a morning snack before an afternoon competition, oatmeal is well-tolerated and provides long-lasting energy. The added fruit will give you that quick jolt of energy you need to start the day.
Come join the fun and getter better this summer with Coach McInerney at Utah State University! For more information, visit www.ussportscamps.com/tennis/nike/utah-state-university-nike-tennis-camp.