With carefully planned health and safety protocols in place, Princeton Day School fall sports are gearing up for a planned return to competition in October and have been hard at work since preseason practice commenced on August 24. Here is the second of five "Fall Coach Friday" spotlights.
Girls Varsity Tennis Head Coach Chris Rosensteel
Princeton Day School Varsity Girls Tennis Head Coach Chris Rosensteel has certainly had an unorthodox start to his coaching career on The Great Road. Having begun his tenure as Varsity Boys Tennis Head Coach this past spring with a canceled PDS season due to the statewide school quarantine, Coach Rosensteel has relished the opportunity to work with the Girls team this fall.
"All of the planning and coordination that had to take place for this season to happen is remarkable, and speaks to the efforts and cooperation of the PDS community, especially the athletic department, coaches, parents and students," Coach Rosensteel said.
While this fall season requires adjustments to new health and safety protocols, Coach Rosensteel observed that the Girls Tennis team is managing the changes smoothly. "Thankfully for us on the tennis court, the structure of our sport allows for physical distancing. We've all had to make adjustments and be especially mindful of these new protocols. Despite not being able to get all of our hands into a huddle and hand out hive-fives, we have made great progress in building team cohesion and chemistry," Rosensteel shared. "We're definitely excited about the prospect of October competition," he added.
The Girls Varsity tennis team is poised to have a strong season given its depth and healthy internal competition. Coach Rosensteel observed, "Many players each practice are pushing each other to be better, particularly on the doubles court. Our three seniors, Hayden Masia '21, Hannah Van Dusen '21 and Gabrielle Namouni '21, are leading the way. My hope as a coach this season is that the girls continue to contribute to each other's skill development. The results will take care of themselves as we focus on the process of being the best team possible."
A key takeaway so far has been the continued positive energy that comes simply from being together as a team. The vibe that radiates from the tennis courts, much like on the other fields and throughout campus, is palpable and inspiring.
Coach Rosensteel noted, "As a coach, it's so clear to me that our team thrives in these team-focused practices where everyone contributes and draws from the high team energy, especially after a challenging academic day. We all individually go through tough days at times, but being able to be there for each other has made a big difference, especially in such a socially distanced year. I am very thankful for the positive energy brought to court each day. It's been wonderfully fun to be back."
Photos (from top): Chris Rosensteel before practice, observing practice