May 27, 2010

Malagutti Lands Coaching Position at Esteemed Summer Camp

Eastern freshman will make first-ever trip to Boston to work at The Tennis Academy at Harvard

Summer internships are a common endeavor for many college students, but an internship that involves coaching the sport you love on the campus of one of the most prestigious universities in the world is more than just a great work experience; it is a dream come true.

This summer, EWU freshman Flavio Malagutti will have the privilege of working  at The Tennis Academy in Boston, Mass. Malagutti was selected for one of the coveted coaching positions by camp directors Dave Fish and Traci Green, who are currently the head men’s and women’s tennis coaches at Harvard University.  Fish is a three-time ITA Regional Coach of the Year honoree, and has guided the Crimson men to 18 NCAA championship appearances. Green, who was a three-time, first-team All-SEC selection at the University of Florida, led the Harvard women’s team to its 18th Ivy League title in 2009.

“I am really looking forward to working with such capable people,” said Malagutti. “I have never been in a camp setting quite like this one and I know it is going to be a truly wonderful experience.”

During the course of the 10-week program, Malagutti will be responsible for instructing youth ages 4-17 on the variety of skills and tactics involved in the sport of tennis.  He will also have the opportunity to develop his own game through training and interaction with other camp coaches, many of whom are collegiate student-athletes as well.

“I am excited to make friends with the other coaches and practice against them during our free time,” expressed Malagutti. “I think that will be of great help to my game.”

Malagutti, a native of Rio Claro, Brazil, is equally excited to simply spend the summer in one of the most distinguished and historic cities in America.

“I cannot wait to just live in the city of Boston,” said Malagutti. “I have never been there, so I am really thrilled to have the opportunity to explore everything the city has to offer.”

Malagutti, who is considering a double-major in International Affairs and Recreation Management, will be satisfying an internship credit through his work at The Tennis Academy

On the court, Malagutti completed his first year at EWU with a 9-9 overall record in singles play, which included victories over conference opponents from Portland St., Northern Colorado, Idaho St. and Weber St. He also won two matches while playing at the No. 3 doubles position against Montana and Whitworth.

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