Mike Raymond ‚??02 Earns Match Point into Golden Bears Athletics Downes Hall of Fame

Mike Raymond ‚??02 Earns Match Point into Golden Bears Athletics Downes Hall of Fame
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--In this Western New England University alumni student-athlete spotlight, WNEGoldenBears.com has a Q&A with 2014 Downes Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Mike Raymond '02, who originally hails from Vernon, Conn.

Raymond concluded his collegiate career as one of the greatest tennis players, men's or women's, in Western New England history. Career record - Singles was 45-13 (8-1 at No. 1; 37-12 at No. 2) school record for wins winning percentage of 77.6 second best in program history. Career record - Doubles was 41-13 (32-8 at No.1; 6-2 at No. 2; 3-3 at No. 3) school record at time of graduation winning percentage of 75.9 second best in program history. Overall record in GNAC Tournament was 11-1 overall (6-0 in singles and 5-1 in doubles) recorded the match clinching point in four matches, including collegiate debut. Overall record was 86-26 for a 76.8 winning percentage

Q: Sport Management major

Masters, Business Administration, Western New England, 2004
Home Address: 31 South Windsor Place, Mundelein, IL 60060
Office Phone: (847) 735-5286
Cell Phone: (860) 930-2911
Email: raymond@mx.lakeforest.edu
Wife: Jami

First WNE student-athlete on the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) (Served January 2002-November 2003)
 
1999 -
Team posted a 9-4 record under Richard Yam/Joe Sassi
WNE Coaches Award (then known as the Sweeney Coaches Award)
 
2000 -
Team posted a 9-6 record under Richard Yam
GNAC Academic Team
GNAC All-Tournament Team (No. 1 doubles, No. 2 singles)
WNE MVP
 
Conversation with Mike on March 25, 2013 --- Team took a forfeit win over Western Connecticut to finish 9-6 Mike received credit for a win in singles and doubles. WCSU never showed up for a match, originally scheduled for April 11, ppd to May 1 or 2 (after the GNAC Tournament), but never held.
WNE record should be 8-6.
 
2001 -
Team was 11-2 under rookie coach Jennifer Kolins won regular season GNAC title placed second in GNAC Tournament
Posted a 24-5 record (82.8%) school record for wins in a season
13-2 at No. 2 singles and 11-3 at No. 1 doubles
GNAC Tournament
GNAC No. 2 singles champion
GNAC All-Tournament Team (No. 2 singles)
GNAC Academic Team
WNE Coach Phillip Sweeney Team Leadership Award
GNAC Player-of-the-Week (Apr. 9)
WNE Male Athlete-of-the-Week (Apr. 10)
 
2002 -
Team was 9-5 for the program's 12th consecutive winning season tied for regular season GNAC title (4-1) with both Emerson and Johnson & Wales captured program's first GNAC Tournament
Posted a 26-5 record (83.8%), school record for wins in a season (13-3 in singles, 8-0 at No 1 and 5-3 at No. 2) (13-2 at No. 1 doubles with the late Chris (Gutwaks) Blaine
GNAC Player-of-the-Year
GNAC All-Tournament Team (No. 1 singles, No. 1 doubles)
GNAC No. 1 singles champion
GNAC No. 1 doubles champion
Served as a team co-captain with Chris (Gutwaks) Blaine
GNAC Player-of-the-Week three times (April 1, April 8, and April 29)
WNE Male Athlete-of-the-Week (April 2)
GNAC Academic Team
Co-Recipient of the WNE Male Scholar Athlete-of-the-Year
 
Misc.
Attended NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference (2002) ***
Student speaker for the graduating senior class at Commencement ***
First WNE student named to the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (2002)
Member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for two years (Secretary Spring 2001)
President of the WNE Sport Management Association (2001-02 season)
Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society,
Business Dean's List
Presidential Scholars Award
Worked three years as a student assistant in the athletic communications office and two years as a graduate assistant
 
More background information
Mike is a 1998 graduate of Rockville High School where he was captain of the boys' tennis team and a Central Connecticut Conference East All-Star. He was the state boys' singles badminton champion in 1997 and the recipient of the school's Senior Athletic Award Assistant tennis pro at Ausable Club in Keene Valley, New York.
 
Coaching Experience
2002-04 seasons (two years) - Western New England - Graduate Assistant Coach Men and Women (including 16-0 season for women in 2003 and repeat GNAC men's tennis title in 2003)
2004-07 (three years) - Allegheny (PA) - Assistant Coach Men and Women
 
Head coach or the past six seasons
2007-11 (four years) - University of Hartford - Head Coach Men and Women Tennis
Aug. 2011 to present - Lake Forest College (IL) - Head Coach Men and Women Tennis, Club Sport Coordinator