Nov. 14, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
Men's Tennis Head Coach Billy Pate announced the commitment of two players Friday for the fall of 2009 in Ian Chadwell and Harris Barnard.
"One thing we set out to do the last few years was to focus on attracting the best US players with an emphasis on the top Southern players," said Pate. "We have continued to do that with two outstanding commitments in Ian and Harris."
Chadwell, a native of Franklin, Tenn., is currently ranked No. 20 in the class of 2009 by TennisRecruiting.net. His southern junior singles tennis career includes two USTA Southern Championship wins along with the 2008 18s Southern Closed Doubles title. Chadwell was chosen to represent the USTA Southern Section the previous three years at national team competitions and was a member of the squad that win the National 16s Intersectional Team Championship in 2007.
"Ian is a fantastic addition for us, and we are delighted that he will be joining our squad," Pate added. "He had a distinguished junior career, and he will continue to get better and better. Ian is a tremendously intense competitor and hard worker and will be an ideal team guy. He's a great fit for our program, and I'm confident he's going to have an outstanding career at Alabama."
As part of the Centennial High School tennis team, Chadwell has won the Tennessee High School State Championship in division I AAA as a freshman, sophomore and junior losing just one match in three seasons. This season, he will by vying for a fourth-straight championship which hasn't been accomplished in the state of Tennessee since 1964. The Tennessean named him Boys Tennis Player of the Year in both 2006 and 2008. Chadwell is also the recipient of several sportsmanship awards including the Wes Richards Sportsmanship Award that he was presented at the 2007 National Championship in Kalamazoo, Mich., the Sportsmanship Award at the 2007 International Tennis Federation Fall Circuit in El Paso, Texas and the Sportsman Award at the 2006 Southern 16s Closed Championship.
Barnard, who hails from Dothan, Ala., has been playing USTA Junior Tennis since the age of nine. As a 16 year old, he ranked No. 1 in the state, top 15 in the Southern Section and top 100 nationally. Barnard, a TennisRecruiting.net four-star recruit, is ranked in the top 150 in his class. He is currently enrolled at the Saviano Tennis Academy in Sunrise, Fla., where he trains under Nick Saviano as well as former LSU Tiger Jesse Smatt.
"Harris is another great addition to our team from the Southern section and has experienced a great deal of success on the national level as well," mentioned Pate. "Harris has a very balanced and versatile game and possesses a great deal of upside. He has had an outstanding junior career and has been ranked as the top player in the state. He's an exceptionally hard worker, and I expect his game to grow rapidly in our environment."
Barnard will finish out his high school career at Northview High School in Dothan where he will play 6A tennis for the Cougars. Previously, he attended Houston Academy where he represented the Raiders as a No. 1 doubles champion and No. 2 singles finalist as a freshman.
"Ian and Harris are both outstanding young men who are the type of individuals that will represent our University with the utmost in class and integrity," Pate said. "They have already exuded a great deal of pride in the University, and I'm looking for great things out of both of them."