December 7, 2020

Old Boys update – Ben L (2007-12)

After finishing my time at NSB, I spent four years as a student athlete at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Whilst at Drake, I competed against some of the best tennis players in world, and even a current Grand Slam doubles champion! I was lucky to compete all across the United States in both college and professional events, and be a part of the most successful teams in Drake University men’s tennis history. Moving to the USA was a big adjustment having never previously lived away from home. However, I believe that it brought the best out of me and helped push me further in life. 

After graduating from Drake with a degree in Business Management, I spent three years at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma as a graduate assistant coach for the men’s tennis team. Whilst at Tulsa, I had the experience of coaching two former Davis Cup players as well as several professionally ranked players. In May 2019, I graduated with my Masters Degree in Business Administration. Following my graduation from Tulsa, I moved back to Drake in August 2019 to become the assistant men’s tennis coach, a position I currently hold.
 
My plan is to stay in college coaching, moving forward and hopefully becoming a head coach someday. Also, in July this year I married my wife, Kristina. She is a former college and pro tennis player and is currently the assistant women’s tennis coach at Drake.
 
Next time I’m in the UK I’d love to come and visit NSB to catch up, as well as support some of the young aspiring sportsmen.