In the Locker Room with. . .
Don ďJuanĒ Hunsinger and Adam Shoemaker
Don Hunsinger and Adam Shoemaker, the head and assistant menís and womenís tennis coaches respectively, have high expectations for their teams. As long as they have their ice cream, theyíre ready to rock ní roll day in and day out.
So guys, who exactly picked out the womenís teamís short skirts?
DH: [Sophomore] Alaina [Fotiu-Wotjowicz] picked out the skirts and the dresses. I absolutely have total confidence in their fashion consciousness.
AS: Sounds good, coach.
DH: I think they have a sense of what the most elegant statement is when they play on the courts.
How is your season coming along?
DH: Well, the women havenít really been tested yet, and the guys have played. They didnít decide to show up against Malone College, though. They played as if other beings were in their bodies.
Adam, why so quiet?
AS: I always let him speak first.
Okay. So why are you so dressed up?
AS: I work in admissions, too.
DH: He just knew that you were going to interview him and he wanted to make a good first impression. Why donít you get a haircut, Adam?
AS: Iím just lazy, coach. I want to be like ĎSunshineí [first-year soccer player Jesse Kipp].
Have you guys been surprised by the dominating play of [junior] Sara Jesse?
DH: No, not really at all. Sheís really a good player.
How do you two get along, on and off the court?
DH: I continually learn from Adam every day.
AS: Youíre so full of shit.
What do you guys do when youíre not coaching?
AS: Well, because of Coach Hunsinger I know where every Dairy Queen from here to St. Augustine, Fla. is.
So you like ice cream?
DH: Absolutely. We love ice cream.
Adam, I see youíre eating McDonaldís now. Whereís the Dairy Queen loyalty?
AS: Well, I didnít have time to run down there. But they do have the best ice cream.
DH: Yeah, and Millerís Ice Cream, too.
DH: Yeah, itís a small ice cream place in Firelands. We learned last time we went there that [Jeff] Miller [Sports Information Director] and [Assistant Director of Admissions] James [Onwuachi] couldnít handle the strawberry sundaes. It was so embarassing.
AS: Theyíre wimps. We were so ashamed of them.
DH: They were completly lacking in the area of culinary expertise.
AS: Yeah, or lack thereof.
Who are your favorite tennis players?
AS: I can vouch for Hunsinger and say that his favorite player is Gabriella Sabratini, and that Anna Kournikova is close behind.
DH: No, actually my favorites are Carl Erickson, Ousna Diop, Adam Shoemaker and Louis Miller.
So do you guys play golf?
DH: No, I donít have much time to.
AS: Iíve only played once or twice.
Do you have fun on your spring breaks?
DH: Well, we try to, but we had to bring the baseball teamís bats to them last year.
AS: Yeah, and we got to sit through a fun lightning storm at a game of theirs in Tennessee.
So Coach Hunsinger, how many sports have you coached here at Oberlin?
DH: [Laughs] Well...[thinks for a few mintues]...Iíve coached menís and womenís basketball, menís and womenís tennis, football, baseball and menís track.
DH: [Laughs again] Definitely not. I did recruit Adam for football from soccer, though. He had a great sense of where the ball was.
So Coach Hunsinger, I hear you like action movies?
DH: Well, Iím a soft-spoken, mellow guy who likes opera.
[Adam points to the Godfather posters on the wall.]
You know, he really likes opera.
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