Paul Ricciardi

Q:What is your coaching philosophy?
A: My coaching philosophy is to help get the most out of each person’s talent by making tennis as enjoyable as possible. Helping the student athletes not only become better players but also better people is a major aspect of my work as a coach. 

Q:What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? 
A: “If you love what you do, you never have to work.  Do what you love and love what you do.”

Q: What is the most rewarding aspect of your job? 
A: The most rewarding aspect of my job is to watch individual players learn the balance between working independently and working together as a team. 

Q: If you could have a Harkness discussion with five celebrities, dead or alive, who would they be and why?
A:  John Lennon, Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, and John F. Kennedy. Because who better to teach you how to love one another than these five people. 

Q: When were you first introduced to tennis? 
A:  I started playing tennis at age 10. The sport is demanding both physically and mentally and I have always loved the challenge of tennis being both an individual and team sport. 

Q:What is the most played song in your music library right now?
A: Billy Joel – Seen the lights go out on Broadway.

Q: What are some tips  you have offered your team heading into the fall season? 
A: My advice for the team this year is to give it all that you have, every time you step onto the court.  When you have done that, there’s nothing more you can do. Manage your time efficiently so that you can excel in the classroom and on the court.

Q: If you weren’t working at Hun and could have any job in the world, what would it be?
A: Head coach of the New York Giants.

Q: Favorite movie or documentary and why? 
A: My favorite movie is Forrest Gump because it tells a story using history.


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