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Baseball vs. EMU
Sunday, 1:00p.m.
Ray L. Fisher Stadium

SPORTS

Men's Tennis vs. Northwestern
Today, 2:30 p.m.
Liberty Racquet Club

Page 9

The Michigan Daily
Eisner s
By ADAM MARTIN 6
th
In all the glory of Michigan tennis, 2
there is one man behind the scenes.
That man is men's tennis coach Brian W
Eisner.
low in his 15th year at Michigan, to
Eisner is the backbone of the Wolveri- cc
nes and much of their success. The p
reason - Eisner's knowledge and cc
ability to coach his team on and off the b
court.
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SUPERB COACHES come and go, ci
but probably none are quite like the E
Wolverines' mentor. Eisner's style is cc
one of a kind. A
The University of Toledo graduate t
and former coach speaks with con- F

Friday, April 6, 1984
COACH KEYS NETTERS' EXCELLENCE

expertise
dence about his own methods. "My "Cert
pinking is unique. In fact, it's probably players
0 or 30 years ahead of most coaches." don't ha
To define Eisner's role is to trash any they dis
rebsteriansense of the word 'coach.' to their
ROSS LASER, Wolverine team cap- "PR
in, said it best. "Brian Eisner is a looking
oach, a father, a friend. He helps his added,
layers and loves them like no other necessa
oach around. He will always stand fidence
ehind his players 100 percent." . A ma
What's important is how Eisner tran- college
forms his many attributes into suc- recruiti
ess. The first step, according to player1
isner, is a coach's personal confiden- a paren
e because of its effect on the players. "I h<
nd this confidence process begins at parent,
he recruiting stage. that the

elicits success

ain coaches never get good
," said Eisner, "because they
ave confidence in themselves so
courage (players) from coming
school.
OSPECTIVE recruits are
through a coach's eye," Eisner
making it all the more
ary for a coach to exude con-
and a positive attitude.
jor part of Eisner's duties as a
coach stems from his role in
ng. As one trying to lure a
to Michigan, Eisner often plays
tal role.
ave to be kind of an ad hoc
he said. "If a player can see
communication lines are open,

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By SCOTT SALOWICH
Another weekend of tough Big Ten
competition is on tap for the
Michigan men's tennis team as they
take on Northwestern today with
Iowa coming to town tomorrow.
The Northwestern squad is headed
by team captain Jon Kamisar at
number one singles who, along with
Danny Weiss at number two,
received all-Big Ten honors last
season.
"Jon and Danny are the keys to our.
team," said Wildcat coach Paul
Torricelli, "but it's really a balance
thing. You've got to pick up points
all the way through."
Torricelli expects a tight match
which may hinge on one or two in-
dividual contests.
"Depth and doubles will be
critical," he said.
MICHIGAN coach Brian Eisner
also foresees acclose contest and is
concerned about the advantage the
Wildcats have in experience over his
younger squad.

"They tied for second in the con-
ference last year and almost the
whole team is back," he said. "They
are a very solid veteran team and it
should be a very tough match."
Iowa sports an impressive 15-4
season record and, like Michigan, is
1-1 in the conference.
"IOWA is not quite as strong (as
Northwestern), but they are very
balanced," said Eisner. "They have
a good team and are much deeper
than Iowa teams of the past. We
can't afford to take them for gran-
ted."
Hawkeyes will start Mike Inman
at number one singles with Sunil
Reddy at number two.
Eisner compared this weekend's
competition to last weekend, when
the Wolverines fell to Illinois and
then whipped Purdue the next day,
and said his team has made some
"necessary improvement'' during
practice this week to prepare for the
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that he is coming into a sort of extended
family, then that's what you're looking
for."
OF COURSE, recruiting is only one
part of the process. Eisner coaches his
players over a four-year span, and feels
he must maintain the intimacy and
camaraderie begun while recruiting.
"A coach has to be concerned not only
with competing because athletes want
concern day in and day out," he said.
In Eisner's formula, this concern is
constantly positive, no matter what the
situation. "The coach can't be down on
his own players," Eisner said. "If he is,
he's doing irreparable damage.
"EVERYTHING must be done from
an unbelievably positive standpoint
Negativism casts a shadow that can't
be lifted."
That shadow results directly from a
coach's emotion, in Eisner's thinking.
If the coach is negative, he is tran-
sferring his disappointment to the
players. And when the ultimate goal is
winning, there's no room for
pessimism.
As Eisner put it, "Because of the
level of competition, you always have to
be in a position to win."
THE PLAYERS confirm their
coach's optimism and concern.
Sophomore Hugh Kwok said, "He's
the most positive man I've ever met. He
knows us so well; Brian understands."
Senior Rodd Schreiber added, "Even
in losses, instead of the wrong things,
he looks at what's right. It's always the
bright picture. He's probably the most
positive person."
YET, WITH such an integral role,
how does Eisner accomplish all that he
deems necessary? He makes it clear
that the Wolverines are a solid unit - in
all areas.
"It's not my team," said Eisner, "it's
our team. I'm not the one doing all the
coaching. I have to motivate (players)
to take on responsibility for them-
selves, because who is ultimately the
most important coach? - the players.
The coach has to delegate respon-
sibility."
Eisner knowshis system is unique.
Among the common practices of
coaches, he cites one of his greatest ob-
jections in the way many coaches con-
in'8
awaiting decision by the Supreme
Court.
IF THE COURT rules against the
NCAA, the current network contract
would be invalid.
CBS college sports information direc-
tor, Mark Carlson, admitted that all the
network is doing right now is setting up
four special telecast dates, one prime
time and three at the end of the season,
and waiting for the Supreme Court
ruling.
"We have to wait and see whether the
NCAA or the CFA (College Football
Association) or some other group con-
trols college football next season before
we can plan our schedule," said
Carlson, who declined to mention which
games are being considered for the yet
to-be-named prime time telecast in
September. But Carlson added, "Miami
and Michigan would be a bad game
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struct their lineup through intra-team
challenges.r
"IN THAT situation," Eisner said,
"players are practicing against each
other when they should be practicing
with each other. It creates animosity
between players."
Eisner's system, on the other hand,
works at improvement, no on-the-spot
competition among teammates.
"You have to define a player's style,
add to it, change it and practice on
specific things to improve it," he said.
EISNER FEELS that many teams
fall short of success because , their
coaches lack what it takes.
"All athletes want to improve,"
he said, "but 95 percent have no idea
how to, and 90 percent have coaches
that don't know what to do."
In Eisner' s view, success depends on

Brian Eisner has guided the Wolverines for the past 15 seasons. He's been
the cornerstone in their success.

many elements, and much of the
coach's job relates to understanding his
players. "The coach must thoroughly
understand what makes (a player) tick.
He must see into all the psychological
areas of a player."
ABOVE ALL, the process is what
really matters in Eisner's eyes.
"It's the process that's important. If
it's done well, the end result will always.
be there."
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By MIKE MCGRAW
The portable light towers will not be
rising above Michigan Stadium for the
first time ever next season after all.
Following speculation that one of the
networks would ask Michigan to play
one of its 1984 games at night for a
national television audience, athletic
director Don Canham has decided that
he will no longer change the starting
time of any of next season's games
because of the inconvenience to fans
that would result from changing the hour
of kickoff this close to the date of the
contest.
The Wolverines' first two games this
fall are against defending national
champion Miami and perennial Pac 10
powerhouse Washington. Both contests
TSCORES
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Canadiens 3, Bruins 1
RANGERS 3, ISLANDERS 0
r Capitals 6, Flyers 2
Nordiques 6. Sabres 2
Basketball
Cavaliers 114, Bulls 99
Bucks 113, 76ers 103
Baseball
S Tigers 7, Twins 3
Padres 8, Pirates 6
Royals 15, Yankees 4
Indians 7, Rangers 3

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would consider moving the Miami
game to night," said Canham, "and
ABC asked if we would move the
Washington game to September 1. We
wouldn't mind doing that, but they
couldn't guarantee television coverage
and that was the only way that
Washington would agree to do it.
"But we've printed the tickets and
schedules and we're not going to
change anything now. All the games
will go on as scheduled."
The networks that have covered
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their broadcast schedule for next
season because of the anti-trust case
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