CHAPEL HILL, N.C.-The University of North Carolina men's tennis program announced the signing of two outstanding prospects, Ronnie Schneider and Jack Murray, to National Letter of Intents on Monday. They will join the team in the fall of 2013.
Schneider, from Bloomington, Ind., is perhaps the most decorated American tennis player in the nation and will be a huge asset to the Tar Heels.
Amongst his long list of accomplishments is being rated as the #1 recruit in the nation in 2011 and 2012 by tennisrecruiting.net. In 2012, he was the singles and doubles winner at the USTA National Spring Championships and also won the sportsmanship award. He was a National Team Championships finalist, and made the quarterfinals of the 18-and-under National Championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Schneider was a competitor in the U.S. Open junior main draw in 2011 and 2012. In 2011, Ronnie won the 16-and-under singles and doubles at the National Championships in Kalamazoo and was ranked #1 in the nation.
Ronnie also played for Bloomington South High School, where he was a three-time Indiana high school state champion and led his team to the State finals in 2009 and 2012. This year he also won the Indiana High School Mental Attitude award.
"I chose UNC because it gives me the best possible combination of academics and athletics. I want to study business and having the opportunity to get my degree from the Kenan-Flagler business school and then to be able to play tennis for Coach Paul, Coach Phillips and the UNC tennis team is the ideal situation," said Schenider. "The coaches have been great and I really like the guys on the team, especially the ones I'm going to be playing with next fall. I look forward to joining the Tar Heel Family."
Jack Murray, from Beverly Hills, Mich., reached a ranking of 12th in the nation during 2012 according to tennisrecruiting.net. In his junior career, he has reached rankings of #1 in the Midwest and #1 in the nation (2008) by the USTA.
In 2012, he was the Midwest Indoor Closed Champion in singles while also being the USTA Regional Champion in singles and doubles. In 2011, Murray won the Midwest Closed Fall Championships and the USTA National Open in singles. That same year he was the doubles champion at the Wichita Falls ITF tournament. Murray has also been the recipient of many sportsmanship awards over his junior career. He will received the 2012 Hoxie Award from the Southeast Michigan district of the USTA, whose previous recipients include former pro players Amy Frazier and Steve Campbell.
"After I went on my visit, I had this gut feeling. The coaching staff was unbelievable and with their track record, I knew they could really help me achieve my ultimate goal of playing professional tennis. I knew they had my best interest in mind and would develop me to my full potential as a player and as a person. The team was so friendly and had an amazing work ethic and culture. I knew that UNC was the place for me," Murray said.
"We could not be more excited to have Ronnie and Jack joining our program next fall. They come from outstanding families and are a great fit with our program.," said veteran UNC head coach Sam Paul. "These guys have amazing work ethic, outstanding character, and a ton of potential. They will make everyone around them better and without a doubt have a huge impact on our program. We welcome them wholeheartedly into the Carolina Tennis Family."