Welcome to Buffaloes Summer Break where CUBuffs.com catches up with Colorado student-athletes and coaching staff members throughout the summer "off season."
Today's installment comes from Nicole Kenneally, who recently completed her 13th season as head coach of the Colorado women's tennis program. The 2007 Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year, Kenneally has guided the Buffaloes to 136 wins during her tenure and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances. She has been in charge of leading the Buffaloes into the Pac-12 Conference, one of the best leagues for women's tennis in the nation.
What is your favorite summer time activity?
Biking, reading, relaxing and watching the Boulder Creek flow.
Favorite vacation destination and why?
Tough question! There are a lot of places I would want to go...not sure if they would be my favorite vacation destinations but any Australian state capital city....each is very different and diverse and brings that good Aussie feeling! I do love Europe though!
What was your first summer job?
Working at McDonald's!
What was your most memorable summer job experience?
Working for Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy (now IMG Academies)
Explain one aspect of your job during the off-season that fans may not realize.
How much time we still work as it is a full time job year round.
The most important thing your current student-athletes should be doing this summer.
Looking for opportunities to learn each and every day.
What is your favorite moment here at Colorado?
Seeing the hard work payoff in their moments of victory, individually & for the team.
A summer-time activity you enjoyed growing up that is NOT your current sport.
Going to the beach and body surfing.
Best advice for youth that are beginning to compete in athletics.
Keep an open mind, enjoy, learn and look for your passion.
If you could sit in with one other coaching staff at CU for a game/event that is not your sport, which staff would it be and why?
Either Tad (Boyle) or Linda (Lappe), although I don’t know basketball, I see it’s a very strategic/analytical game and pair that with the excitement that the Coors crowds are bringing it would be really cool due to the intimacy of the facility.
If you could bring one famous person to Colorado for a day-long tour who would it be, and what would you do with them?
Prince Harry! Hike & breakfast at Chautauqua Park, ride bikes along the Boulder Creek path, tour campus, eat lunch & walk Pearl Street, hike Mt. Sanitas, play some tennis at CU South, tube Boulder Creek & finish with dinner at Flagstaff House!