Geoffrey Foster signing

Cleburne’s Geoffrey Foster signed with Bethany College for tennis on Wednesday. Pictured, from left, are Cleburne Tennis Coach Brett Almond, Paula Foster (mother), Geoffrey Foster and Jeff Foster (father).

David Beans

Geoffrey Foster, Cleburne’s No. 1 seeded boys tennis player during the 2017-18 school year, will continue his tennis career at the next level after signing with Bethany College in West Virginia on Wednesday.

Foster has been a key asset and welcome addition to the Yellow Jackets’ tennis program since moving from Forney last spring.

Cleburne Coach Brett Almond said Foster has been everything a coach dreams of in terms of leadership and being a contributor towards helping a program grow.

“He’s been a huge asset,” Almond said. “He just jumped in and was instantly a part of the team. He came in during the spring and just instantly became one of the group. He took on a leadership role, which rarely happens when you’re only there for a minute. 

“He’s done a real good job with that leadership role. Anything I’ve asked him to do, he’s gone above and beyond. He always does extra. He’s trying to get more people involved in tennis with after-school stuff. We’re seeing some improvement because of him. He’s been a mentor and a friend to everyone.”

Foster said he’s excited to have the chance to keep playing tennis in a competitive environment but just as excited to have the chance to continue helping others.

“I’m not a big ‘all-about-me’ type of person,” Foster said. “I like to keep my head down and do what I can to improve. I feel like I can still improve at the next level. I’m looking forward to the chance to improve and see how I can help others improve. Since I’m looking to be a coach, I like to talk to different coaches about what they do with their players to improve. So that’s one thing I’m really excited about.”

Foster said becoming a collegiate tennis player didn’t enter the picture until recently.

“As a freshman, I honestly didn’t see myself getting the chance to play in college,” he said. “Last year I got a letter in the mail and that strived me to get better ... and in the end I decided on Bethany.”

Almond said Foster is the first tennis player to sign with a college since he took over the CHS tennis program three years ago.

“For him, it’s the result of hours of work and hours of behind-the-scenes stuff, playing in tournaments and practicing on his own, and not just with school stuff but going out on his own and working on his serve,” Almond said. “He’s a hard worker. His willingness to work on things makes him good. He has a pretty good knowledge of the game. He’s like a tennis nerd as far as always watching videos. He doesn’t have that many weaknesses. He can be aggressive but he’s a counter puncher in a lot of ways, he just grinds wins out.

“The thing I like about him is he’s very respectful. He’ll talk to and practice with anyone, it doesn’t matter if you’re one of the more talented players or one of the less talented players. He’ll hit with them after practice and treats everyone the same.”

Bethany College, located in Bethany, West Virginia, is an NCAA Division III program.

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