IMG Academy's Grayson Goldin has signed his National Letter of Intent with Florida State University. Goldin will graduate from high school a year early to join Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist's team for the 2013-14 season.
âThe more I learned about the quality of players they were recruiting, and about the players already on the team, I knew [FSU> would be the perfect fit,â Goldin remarked about his decision to join the Seminoles. âI want to go pro after college, and I know FSU will provide me with the perfect atmosphere to continue my development and eventually take the next step.â
Since joining the IMG Academy Bollettieri Tennis program, Goldin has worked primarily with coach David âRedâ Ayme, in addition to veteran coach and former ATP player Jose Lambert, former ATP player Weylu Chang, and Mohammed Chaouqi. During that time, Goldin earned rankings of No. 4 in Florida, No. 12 in the Southeast and No. 34 in the nation, according to TennisRecruiting.net.
âIMG Academy has been the full package for me,â remarked Grayson. âIt's a professional atmosphere where all the coaches and trainers are focused on helping you - it's where you go to improve.â
Heather Goldin, Grayson's mother, continued: âThe level of Grayson's play has improved exponentially since arriving at IMG Academy. He's grown physically and mentally from being around so many other high-level players in a competitive environment that has enabled him to play his best tennis. I believe the FSU coaches saw this and it led to his offer.â
Goldin, who took up the sport at age four, vaulted to No. 1 in the nation during his time competing in Boys 12s singles and doubles; ranked in the top-10 nationwide for Boys 14s; ranked in the top-5 for Boys 16s in the state of Florida; and was a state championship finalist for the Boys 18s singles. He has also earned two USTA gold balls, in addition to a silver and bronze. Off the court, Grayson maintains a 3.9 grade point average, and plans on studying business in college.
âGrayson's goal is to be a professional tennis player, and I will be so happy for him when that happens, but as a parent, and knowing that there is so much to life after tennis, I know this will set him up for life after his playing days,â Heather Goldin continued, in support of her son's decision to attend Florida State.
Goldin will join a Seminoles men's tennis program that has appeared in ten consecutive NCAA tournaments heading into the 2012-13 season. Head coach Dwayne Hultquist, who took over the program in 2000, has become the winningest coach in program history. Under Hultquist's leadership, the program has also achieved off-the-court, placing 34 players on the Atlantic Coast Conference Honor Roll since 2005.