Wednesday Jun 13 2012
Rocklin coach has son rising in the NCAA tennis ranks
By: Amanda Calzada/Placer Herald Correspondent
Andy Riggs now at Steven IT
Although Rocklin High tennis coach Marsh Riggs has a promising Thunder team, he also has a son showing tremendous promise in his own right. Andrew ?Andy? Riggs, a Placer High graduate, has represented the greater Sacramento area playing tennis at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. ?It is always more fun to be invested in whatever you do, and I greatly enjoyed helping lead this team to improve day in and day out,? said Andy Riggs who led Stevens to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament with a season record of 22-1 in singles, which included a victory over No. 7 Middlebury College playing No. 3. Playing doubles, Andy Riggs and partner Nicholas Rosasco defeated MIT?s Larry Pang and Curtis Wu 6-8. But it would be the Ducks? only victory as the Engineers advance to round two with a 5-1 victory. After transferring to Stevens Institute of Technology in the spring, he played No. 2 and No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles. Riggs was selected as an All-American athlete during his time at American River College when he held a state ranking of No. 10 in singles and No. 14 in doubles. He decided to ?redshirt? a year in which he ranked No. 16 in singles and No. 1 in Doubles. He remembers carrying around a paper that said ?All-American? when he was studying at American River and he would log his hours of training and practice. Riggs emphasizes the importance of sharing individual goals, athletic or otherwise, to attain them. Academically, Riggs graduated from American River with a 3.73 GPA and an AA in social sciences. He recently completed his first semester at Stevens with a 3.7 GPA and aspires to graduate with honors when he has completed a degree in business and technology. Riggs is also motivated to become a Division III All-American and secure Stevens in one of the top 30 spots nationally. He admires the opportunities the team has provided for him, such as traveling across the county to New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Vermont. Riggs said the team is ?very young? and he has emerged as a leader. Riggs said he was first introduced to the game at the age of 2 or 3 by his father, Marsh Riggs, a tennis professional. Andy Riggs did not start training year-round until he was a sophomore in high school. Marsh Riggs, who played tennis on scholarship at the University of California-Santa Barbara, has been Andy Riggs? mentor ?He is the most supportive and positive coach that you could imagine and he always has pushed me to strive for more and not to be content with where I am,? said Andy Riggs. He credits his high school coach Tom Isaac and American River coach Bo-Jabery Madison for instilling in him the confidence to compete at the collegiate level. He appreciates how his Stevens coach Steve Gachko supports both individual and team goals. Riggs also appreciates the insight of his private coach Joseph Gilbert. At Placer, Andy Riggs won the Pioneer Valley League championships in singles his sophomore and junior years. He shared the Sac-Joaquin Section championship with teammate Dan Fraguglia his junior season and captured the title his senior year. He regards his junior season as his fondest since the team won the section title as well. Although Andy Riggs was born in South Pasadena, he considers himself a native of the local area. ?As you move up from high school to junior to college the errors become fewer and fewer. Being focused through a match that can last three to four hours is incredibly exhausting, mentally,? said Riggs. Riggs relishes the ?one-on-one? aspect of tennis and favors the feeling of walking off the courts after ?prevailing in a battle with another player that really pushed you to your limits.? Riggs will showcase his skills in the men?s open division at the Eldon Rowe Open at the Auburn Racquet Club on June 8 and in the Sunset Moulding Yuba City Open at the Yuba City Racquet Club on June 22.