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Monday, April 16, 2007

From courtside hoops to tennis court coaching

Got word from Craig D'Amico, who broadcast MU hoops on MCX this season, that he has become
the youngest
head coach in the history of Union County high school tennis.

This from Craig " I currently coach Arthur L Johnson high school in Clark, NJ...we are 5-1 (started 5-0) and are getting set to play Westfield, the #1 tennis team in
the state of NJ on Wednesday.''

This from a press release on his hiring - D’Amico, 21, returns to the Crusaders where he was a four year varsity letterwinner from 2000-2003. He served as team captain and won the 2003 Most Valuable Player award in his senior season. D’Amico becomes the first former Johnson Tennis player to come back and serve as Head Coach.

(Who knew Craig was a home town tennis icon?)

“I am very excited for this opportunity. Becoming the head coach for the Johnson Tennis program is like a dream come true,” said D’Amico. “We have a veteran team that’s been learning how to win the last couple of years, and I believe this year we can make something special happen.”

Craig is graduating MU this spring with a degree in communications.

Congratulatons to Craig and best of luck.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Monmouth track and other (non hoops and football) sports barely get love on the blog but you post some crap on Johnson tennis... which is in Union county, well outside of the reaches of the APP. What about the Monmouth Tennis teams? What about new head coach Mickey Cook?

1:23 PM, April 17, 2007  
Anonymous mu student said...

Tony, please let me know why this has anything to do with Monmouth University sports. I am definitely awaiting your response.

1:25 PM, April 17, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Wow..maybe you didn't read the entire post closely enough - which said this youung high school coach is currently a senior at MU and this job it seems to me - is a nice accomplishment for him..something MU should be proud of ..guess you're not, but that's your problem.

As for MU tennis - certainly no disrespect meant here - we welcome comments on any MU sport on this blog - but YOU are the first person to mention MU tennis and the new coach this spring.

I will ask the MU SIDS to send us their weekly tennis reports as they do with the other sports and then you may comment on tennis to your heart's desire.


7:09 PM, April 17, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Craig was the lead announcer for WMCX sports this season...there's the connection!

I can't believe some of you people. As I said here's a young man from MU who (is/was) connected most, if not all, of his collegiate life with MU athletics..and you see no merit in his accomplishment or reason to have it mentioned??


Is there no one out there who feels good or proud for Craig?

7:19 PM, April 17, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please pass along our congratulations to Craig, sounds like a great accomplishment for someone who spent a lot of time giving to MU athletics.

10:42 AM, April 18, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

To last anon: Well said.

10:49 AM, April 18, 2007  
Anonymous DC said...

Well, like Duane "Dog" Chapman says "Once you take a man down, you gotta pick him back up."

11:23 AM, April 18, 2007  

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