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Fall 2009 • Volume 15, Issue 4  

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Last Lecture series | “Re-firing” your life | Hartmann turns 100 slideshow | Forbes.com contest | Holocaust survivor addresses students | Camping with the Bears | New library cafe | Accounting society honored | BU: Who Knew? | Soccer sees best start since 2002 | Tennis coach keeps winning | Chiefs P.A. announcer | Athletics promoters honored | Slideshows and Video: Hartmann turns 100; GEN. SHALIKASHVILI ’58 HON ’94 video; Campaign galas: St. Louis, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles

 

Tennis group

Tennis coach keeps winning

By MELISSA VOGRIN ’10

Barb Nicoll, fourth from left above, plays on a tennis team that competed in the USTA League Super Senior National Championship.

In today’s society, it may seem difficult to find any sort of common ground between generations, much less on a sports court. Typically, the patent image associated with the female 60-plus demographic revolves around stereotypical grandmotherly hobbies; the idea of “senior citizens” engaging in intense, competitive physical activity may seem out of place. However, as they demonstrated in the recent USTA League Super Senior National Championship, Barb and her tennis team are out to emphatically smash that particular generalization — these Super Senior Elite ladies mean business.

In April, former Bradley women’s tennis coach Barb Nicoll competed for the 60-plus national championship, which is the highest level of play for women in that age bracket.

During the 1980s and early 1990s, Barb began as the assistant coach, and then became the head coach of the women’s tennis team at Bradley during Ron Ferguson’s tenure as athletic director, and she would love to hear from all her former tennis players. Even after her Bradley coaching days were over, her passion for the sport did not dwindle: “Qualifying and playing in this tournament was one of the highlights of my tennis career,” she said.

A winter resident of Tarpon Springs and current resident of Chillicothe, Ill., Barb played in the Region 3 division in Florida. Out of that region, three teams were sent to represent the state in the tournament. The competition was tough, but the equality of play only increased the excitement and sense of accomplishment surrounding the tournament. Barb’s team, the Pinellas’ 8.0, advanced to the semifinal round in Surprise, Ariz., and finished fourth overall. In her division, a team from Lake Forest, Calif., won first place.

Barb’s story serves an inspiration to the young and not-so-young, and Bradley is proud to have had a coach who has remained successful in doing what she loves most.

 

Last Lecture series | “Re-firing” your life | Hartmann turns 100 slideshow | Forbes.com contest | Holocaust survivor addresses students | Camping with the Bears | New library cafe | Accounting society honored | BU: Who Knew? | Soccer sees best start since 2002 | Tennis coach keeps winning | Chiefs P.A. announcer | Athletics promoters honored | Slideshows and Video: Hartmann turns 100; GEN. SHALIKASHVILI ’58 HON ’94 video; Campaign galas: St. Louis, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles