Brooke Hughes Commits to University of Oregon
ATA College Prep senior Brooke Hughes will extend her athletic and academic careers at the University of Oregon this coming fall. Earlier this month, Hughes committed to Oregon while on an official visit to the school.
“The two main factors were the coach and the team,” Hughes said. “I always looked at that first because you spend more time with them than anyone else while you’re there.”
Hughes explained that she wanted to find a coaching staff that offered the ability to develop her to the next level while staying positive and supportive at the same time.
“I couldn’t ask for two better coaches to do that than Coach Reber and Coach Maja,” Hughes said. “The team is another really important piece of it and I wanted to be part of a team where they really embraced being a team and enjoyed the team atmosphere as much as I do. The team works hard and supports each other both on and off the court.”
Hughes chose Oregon in the northwest over Baylor University in Waco, TX and Texas Christian University in Ft Worth, TX.
“I honestly always thought I would end up staying in Texas but after visiting it became clear Oregon was a great fit for me.”
Day 1 of her visit consisted of tours of all the facilities, meeting with a professor in the Journalism department, watching practices and enjoying meals with different girls from the team.
“Sadly, there was not a football game the weekend I was there, but I did get to walk down onto the field in Autzen Stadium and that was pretty spectacular,” Brooke said. “I also had the chance to meet and talk with the Assistant Athletic Director of Oregon, which was really awesome! The girls took me downtown to the Saturday market, to check out the athletic dorms and the movies. Sunday we had breakfast with the coaches before my flight, which is when I committed.”
The Ducks compete in the Pacific-12 Conference in NCAA Division I athletics. In 2011, the Ducks went 7-15 overall in duel matches, with a 5-4 record on their home courts. The squad reached number 75 in the country at the end of last March.
Brooke explained that her ability to contribute to the team right away, as well as the opportunity to compete in the Pac-12 conference really set Oregon apart from the other options.
“Oregon is in the Pac-12 conference and having the opportunity to play against USC, UCLA and Stanford was a huge plus,” Brooke said. “In my mind, the other big thing was that I knew I could enjoy being part of the school as much as I would enjoy being a part of the tennis team. Also the support you receive as a student-athlete from the fitness trainers to the academic support is incredible.”
The university recently opened the 40,000+ square foot Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes, which offers access to private tutors, study spaces, a lounge and cafe, computer labs, project rooms, graphics lab and other amenities.
Brooke explained that far and away the most exciting part of her commitment to Oregon is the opportunity to make a positive impact on the tennis team.
“It’s a great opportunity to try and help lead a team to possibly playing in the NCAA’s,” Hughes said. “I can’t lie, though, I’m also pretty excited to get my first taste of an Oregon football game.”