Parc, who is originally from Serbia, trains with
the team every day, and he knows that their goal, to go to
the Nationals at Orlando, requires a lot of work. He is optimistic. “The
team is very good and solid. We do not have a top number one
and two. All our girls are good, and they are all able to play
at different positions,” Parc said. There is also a great
chemistry between the men’s and women’s team. Parc
added: “They are willing to help and support each other.”
Still, the stress the team is exposed to is not to be ignored.
Parc, who is in HPU’s MBA program said, that “School
always comes first. We work around school and not around tennis.”
On March 10, HPU begins a road trip to California. The lady
Sea Warriors usually take their exams prior to the trip,
that in addition to their training, they also need to prepare
in lessons and do presentations.
The coach added that their teachers are usually very helpful
in dealing with the team’s intense schedule.
Parc became the assistant coach of the team in January
2004. Prior to that, he played four years in the Division
at Charlotte University of North Carolina. He has also
a line umpire at various international tournaments,
as well as at the US-Open, Wimbledon and the Australian
HPU to visit a friend in January 2003 and was here
last years coach resigned. Parc was asked to take over.
and also looks forward to the education HPU provides
Parc grew up in Germany, and fluent in both languages.
This is a big advantage for him. “I can tell the girls things
(in a language) that the opponent does not understand.”
HPU team consists of four Slavic girls and three
Polynesian. Two of them are locals, Loni Matsunaga
and Shakti Stream.
Except for Isidora Ljuri, who is a Freshmen from
Yugoslavia, it is
their second year playing together. Parc says that “Although
they have national differences and come from different backgrounds,
they still work very well as a team.”
Parc will go home for the summer this year to play
a few matches in Germany and work at the US-Open
in September. “I will
be back in time for the new season of HPU’s women tennis
and to complete my master program.” In 2005, when Parc
has his degree, he wants to use his Optional Practical Training – a
one year opportunity to work legally in the U.S. “Until
then I want to enjoy being in Hawaii, coaching a great team
and having sunshine nearly every day!”