Dec. 8, 2005
Long Island’s Sean Corrigan (Lido Beach, N.Y./Long Beach H.S.), who was ranked among the top 25 in the nation in both singles and doubles at the end of last season, has signed a national letter of intent to enroll at the University of Notre Dame next fall and join its men’s tennis team, it was announced recently by head coach Bob Bayliss.
Corrigan, a senior at Long Beach High School, finished 2004 ranked 24th in the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) boys’ 16-and-under national rankings in singles, as well as 22nd in doubles (first in the Eastern Section). Following the move up to the 18-and-under division this year, he is currently ranked 10th among players in the Eastern Section and 130th in the nation. In doubles, he is sixth in the Eastern Section and 167th nationally. In prep action, he went undefeated at No. 1 singles last spring for Long Beach.
“Sean is an aggressive, all-court player who can also play well in doubles,” said Bayliss. “We believe that his best tennis is ahead of him, and we are excited to have him join us next year. He has a strong serve and a big forehand and looks for opportunities to be aggressive.”
Corrigan will be the 29th New York native to play for the Notre Dame men’s tennis team. No other state has produced as many players for the Irish. A pair of Empire State products are members of ND’s current team: senior Eric Langenkamp (Scarsdale, N.Y./Scarsdale H.S.) and junior Stephen Bass (Bronxville, N.Y./Iona Preparatory School).
Bayliss also said he is hopeful of having additional signees during the spring period, though NCAA regulations prevent him from commenting further on that prospect.
The current Irish team will begin the spring portion of the 2005-06 campaign on Jan. 22 at regional-rival Northwestern before beginning the home dual-match slate on Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. (EST) against William and Mary.