Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 8, 2009

Brady signs to play for Wake Forest

BLUEFIELD — How does a gifted athlete follow up on three consecutive state tennis championships?

Chad Kammer Brady’s decision has been to sign up to compete for a nationally-ranked Division I tennis program, in this case Wake Forest University.

It wasn’t a hasty decision. Brady’s mother Alice Ann Brady said, “Chad has wanted to attend Wake Forest since fifth grade, and this is a dream come true.”

“When I first arrived on campus, it was very appealing to me,” Chad Brady said Monday evening. “As I looked into the sports teams, I saw that the tennis team had a very good reputation.”

He is fully aware of the academic side of the Winston-Salem, N.C., institution.

“I know it’s a top-30 school academically,” he said. “I’m used to the student-athlete role. ... I think I’ll be able to handle it pretty well.”

Brady signed on Thursday, according to his longtime coach Steve Sarver. Wake Forest, he said, is “one of the elite academic universities in America” and it fields a “tennis power.”

“Chad has seen his hard work pay off,” said Sarver, a United States Tennis Association professional and a Wake Forest graduate.

The Demon Deacons advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Division I national tennis championships last month, and should enter next season highly ranked as well, Sarver said.

Wake Forest head coach Jeff Zinn will have six of his top seven players returning.

According to Zinn, “Chad has tremendous potential and should benefit from the everyday practice competition ... . We think Chad can make a positive contribution to our program if he takes advantage of his opportunity and works very diligently at his tennis and his conditioning.”

The new recruit said that he felt Zinn is “a great guy and a great coach (and) a very interesting person.”

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