Photo: Archie Burrows demonstrates how to properly make a volley shot. (Photo by Brent Kalwei)
Story by Brent Kalwei
Both as a player and assistant coach, Archie Burrows looks to continue serving up winners on the tennis hard courts.
In addition to gaining the new assistant tennis coaching position at Missouri Valley College, Burrows played on the MVC tennis team from 2006 to 2008. He earned both an academic and athletic scholarship to the school and graduated with a Business degree.
Burrows is also currently attending MVC as a graduate student looking to earn his master’s degree in Community Counseling.
Although his playing career at MVC is over, Burrows is still considered a teaching professional. Holding the position of a teaching professional means in addition to coaching he still plays professional level matches.
As Burrows moves forward in his tennis playing career, he has made it a goal of his to qualify for the Indian Wells Tournament in California. Doing so would give him a chance to play against players such as tennis royalty Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
A native of the Bahamas, Burrows began his tennis playing career at the age of 12. He got his start when he joined the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association which is mostly made up of lower income families.
Once Burrows’ play began to improve, he then moved up to playing in the National Tennis Center. While he was there, Burrows trained for five hours every week day and full days on Saturdays.
As a player, Burrows said one of his proudest moments was when he was invited to play for the Bahamas Davis Cup Team. Being selected for this team means he was among the best tennis players in the Bahamas.
Burrows’ experience also includes playing an amateur pro tournament in Florida and playing two years at Bahamas College before coming to MVC.
As far as Burrows’ coaching career goes, he became a certified coach by the International Tennis Federation at the young age of 16. His coaching resume includes working as a private coach.
One of Burrows prouder moments was when he helped recruit former MVC tennis players Elanqua Griffin, two-time All-American, and Jason Rolle, number one varsity player. Both players came from his native country of Bahamas.
Burrows is excited about the opportunity to coach the MVC tennis team this season. He said they certainly have the ability to win a conference tournament this year. His confidence comes from witnessing how close of a bond the team has so far in practice and workouts.
Although coaching tennis requires skills that differ from playing tennis, Burrows said both positions are comparable to one another. Burrows said you have to have just as much energy to coach as you have as a player.
Burrows added that a coach should think like a player. They must know the strengths and weaknesses of his or her players in order to discover what area of their game needs to be focused on the most, he said.
There are no winners or losers in a match, said Burrows. In his eyes, the most important part of a tennis match is improving your game regardless of the score. If you make less mistakes than you did last time out, that would be a good day.
“Your biggest opponent is yourself,” Burrows said.