KC Corkery On His Stanford Experience

April 14, 2006

Stanford (12-3, 3-1) will host Arizona and Arizona State on April 14-15 at the Taube Tennis Center in a pair of Pac-10 matches. The Cardinal will also honor their two seniors during 'Seniors Weekend' as KC Corkery and Jon Wong play their final regular season matches at home. Both players reflected on their Stanford careers in a Q & A. Today we highlight KC Corkery from Manhattan Beach, CA.

Corkery is a three-time All-American and 2004 NCAA doubles champion. He is one of the top players in the nation this season and is a threat to win the NCAA singles title. He has played Nos. 1-3 for the Cardinal this season and has an impressive 12-1 record in dual matches and 22-3 overall. His current career singles record at Stanford is 110-33.

Questions & Answers with KC Corkery

What has been the most memorable moment for you as a member of the Stanford men's tennis team?
My most memorable moment was Coach Gould's retirement dinner when all the former and current players in attendance were asked to stand up. Looking around I realized what the program means to so many and I was proud to be a part of it.

Why did you choose to come to Stanford?
I have wanted to be a member of the Stanford tennis team since I started playing and it was a dream come true when I finally got the opportunity. Obviously the great tradition of the school both academically and athletically was very motivational but many of the guys I admired growing up also came to Stanford. Paul Goldstein was a guy that really impressed me growing up and I enjoyed watching him play for Stanford.

The expectations of the Stanford tennis program are very high year in and year out. How are you able to handle the rigors of a demanding class schedule and the pursuit of being a national champion?
Success is something that is expected of you when you enter into the program. There are quality people available to help guide you but part of being a Stanford Cardinal and a national champion requires continuously rising to challenges in all aspects of life.

What do you like most about being on the Stanford tennis team?
The tradition. Knowing that I have something in common with all the great players that have come before me and all the ones that will come after me. For me, it is an honor and a privilege to be able to wear the Stanford Tennis name on my shirt. My favorite part of being on the team happens right before the match starts; I realize that I am not only representing myself but also everyone else who has contributed to make the program the finest in the country.

How have you changed as a player and a person in your four years on the Farm?
I have matured since coming to Stanford. I came into school only wanting to win a national championship but have realized that the relationships and experiences that I have had while at school are worth more to me than I had ever thought possible.

Which team do you look forward to playing the most this season and why?
I am looking forward to playing NCAAs at home this year, whoever we face is fine with me.

What advice would you give the future Stanford tennis players?
Aim high. Don't settle for being good or even great. What I feel has made the program so good is that players and coaches always strive to be more and do more than is expected of them.

What type of influence has Dick Gould and John Whitlinger had on your career?
Both coaches have had an immense impact on my college experience. I am glad that I was able to send Coach Gould out on a win in his last match as Coach with the Doubles National Championship my sophomore year. He is a great coach and a great man that has had a positive impact on the lives of so many. I am also glad that I have been here to see John Whitlinger's transition to head coach. As Coach Gould will tell you, he was one of the best coaches in the country while he was the associate head coach under Dick and I am confident that the program will continue to succeed under him.

What do you want your teammates to remember you for and what do you want your Stanford legacy to be?
I would like to be remembered as someone that you would want on your team. I would like to be remembered as a competitor on the court, a friend and leader for my teammates, a liaison to the coaches, and hopefully approachable by everyone.

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