John Pratt has been the Director of the Baseline Tennis Center at the University of Minnesota since its inception in 2002. The home of Gopher Tennis has become a tennis hub in the Upper Midwest, hosting NCAA and Big Ten Championship events, hundreds of adult and junior tournaments, US Open Qualifying events, pre-olympic camps for both the 2008 Bejing and 2012 London Olympics, boys and girls high school state tournaments, thousands of USTA league matches, the home courts of several local colleges, a comprehensive lesson program and much more.
John is a lifelong Gopher, raised in Minneapolis and a graduate of South High School. He holds a B.S. in Sports Studies and a Master's Degree in Sport Management, both from the University of Minnesota. Prior to his current position he was an assistant coach with the Gopher Men's team, coaching Harsh Mankad to the 2001 National Indoor Championship. His coaching background also includes the University of St. Thomas Men, several area tennis clubs and local high schools. Pratt was a highly ranked junior player and a collegiate all-conference selection. In 2004 he was a player/captain of the National Championship 5.5 USTA League men's team from the Northern Section and is also a USPTA certified professional.
The facility has garnered several awards under his direction, most notably the 2006 Northern USTA Organization of the Year, a 2007 Top 50 Tennis Center in the USA, the 2008 USTA Outstanding Facility Award, the 2009 USTA Organization of the Year and the 2013 "Champions of Tennis" award from Tennis Industry Magazine. John serves on two USTA advisory committees and on the board of the National Public Parks Tennis Association.
Eight Gophers Advance to NCAA Championship
5/28/2016 - W. Track
Minnesota's eight NCAA Championship qualifiers matches the most in program history.
4x400 Squad Qualifies for NCAA Championships
5/28/2016 - M. Track
The No. 16 University of Minnesota men's track & field program will send six competitors to the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships next month in Oregon.
Pitching Coach Todd Oakes Passes Away At 55
5/26/2016 - Baseball
Minnesota assistant baseball coach Todd Oakes passed away today after a courageous and public battle with leukemia. Oakes, who coached the Minnesota pitching staff, was 55.