2013 PLAYER NEWS
Weiner Completes Business Degree
by ATP Staff|
ATP alum and coach Glenn Weiner recently added his name to the ranks of ATP members to take advantage of the ATP/University of Phoenix Continuing Education Program. Weiner graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration after studying economics, marketing, accounting, finance and management for five years.
Weiner decided to participate in the ATP Scholarship Program after finishing his playing career and realising, like many, that the transition from tour life to the civilian life is more difficult than it would seem. After leaving the tour, Weiner started coaching at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida and has worked with Philip Bester and Kei Nishikori.
Stepping away from the court and to the computer during lunches and after long days on the court, Weiner was able to fulfil his desire to give himself more options down the road. Weiner commented, “My Business Administration degree can open more doors in the future if I decide to be more involved in the business side of tennis. Right now, I enjoy coaching, but if and when I make changes, to run a club or get involved with anything else, I will have the perfect background to do so.”
Weiner sees himself staying in the tennis industry, and with his playing and coaching resume full to the brim, his future looks bright. The Business Administration degree contains a general survey of the business world in addition to professional evaluations for students to analyze their interests in that diverse landscape. Weiner enjoyed many of his classes, specifically those that touched on environmental sustainability,
“I really liked Sustainable Enterprise Planning because it taught me a lot about how companies use sustainable planning to stay ahead of the game by cutting costs while being environmentally friendly, which in the end leads to innovation.” While he had fun studying for his Astronomy elective and classes that touched on environmental issues, he said that the Accounting and Statistics courses had sections that could be “brutal.”
Weiner reported that his online courses through the University of Phoenix were always reasonably scheduled so that he never had much trouble balancing full-time coaching and studying. In a word to fellow players, Weiner advised, “From a work standpoint, the degree is very doable, but from the stress standpoint (the Continuing Education Program) could be difficult. Many players feel like they cannot lose focus when they are playing on tour. With all of the down-time of travel though, it is a nice way to fill the hours.”