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US: An interview with Lawrence Eyre, 'National Tennis Coach of the Year'
by Christine Albers
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9 November 2011
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Lawrence Eyre taught tennis throughout his B.A. and M.A. programs at Yale University—and then never stopped. Now 63, he has taught tennis to 15,000 young people at camps, schools, YMCAs, and summer park programs throughout the country. Mr. Eyre is a founding faculty member of Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa, and in addition to teaching World History, American Government, and Science of Creative Intelligence, he has taught and coached tennis since 1988.
The Maharishi School team has won 16 state championships in Iowa 1-A singles, doubles, and team tennis in 24 seasons; and has reached the state team championship match 11 times, despite having the smallest school in the state with a tennis program.
In 2009, the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), the oldest credentialing body for teaching professionals and coaches in the world, named Mr. Eyre ''National High School Coach of the Year.''
In a recent interview Mr. Eyre speaks enthusiastically about how the Transcendental Meditation program helped him earn national recognition as one of the nation's top high school tennis coaches. For example:
In what specific ways does Transcendental Meditation benefit the physiology of your players?
They have faster reaction times and quicker feet. After playing long points, our guys recover more quickly from exertion. Compared with their peers, our players also lose far less energy fretting and fuming over lost points or games. TM practice helps them remain unfazed by unforced errors and move on to the next point without getting upset or distracted. Seventy-five percent of a tennis match is time between points, so whoever recovers better and can return to a steady state is going to do better.
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