Victor Kenneth Braden, Jr. (August 2, 1929 – October 6, 2014) was an American tennis player, instructor and television broadcaster for the sport. [1 ] [2 ] Biography [edit ]
Braden was one of eight children born to Victor (1904-1973) and Mildred (née Mayes) Braden (1906-1968); both were natives of
Claiborne County, Tennessee. [3 ]
Introduced to tennis at age 12, he became good enough to earn invites to play in
River Forest, Illinois and in Milwaukee. He told in a 1976 interview that he once hitchhiked to Sports Illustrated Detroit to watch Don Budge play Bobby Riggs because he wanted to learn how Budge hit his backhand.
Kalamazoo College, where he was captain of the tennis team, and won the league title in singles. [4 ] He was awarded an honorary degree by his [5 ] alma mater in 2008. [6 ]
Vic Braden died of a heart attack on October 6, 2014 at the age of 85.
[7 ] [8 ] Career [edit ]
Braden played professionally after graduating from Kalamazoo College in 1951 while serving as assistant basketball coach at the
University of Toledo. Among those he played with on the tour were Jimmy Evert (father of Chris Evert) and George Richey (father of Cliff and Nancy Richey). After obtaining a master's degree in psychology at [9 ] UCLA and Cal State, Braden joined [10 ] Jack Kramer on Kramer's pro tour. He and Kramer later founded The Jack Kramer Club, where Braden served as the head tennis pro and developed the "tennis college" concept. In 1986, Kramer said, "One Vic Braden is worth a lot of champions in helping the sport. The [John] McEnroes, [Bjorn] Borgs, [Jimmy] Connors, they've been great. But I don't think any one of them has created the interest in the sport Vic has." [11 ] [12 ] Professional accomplishments [13 ] [edit ] Co-founder, Vic Braden Tennis College, Star Island Resort, Kissimmee, Florida Co-founder, Vic Braden Tennis College, St. George, Utah Founder-Director, Vic Braden Tennis College, Coto de Caza, California 1989-2002 Board Member: Vic Braden Sports Institute for Neurological Research, Washington, D.C. 1986-1994 Founder, Vic Braden Ski College, Aspen, Colorado 1980-1990 Co-founder, Co-director, Coto Sports Research Center, California 1967-1969 Manager, Pro Tennis Tour/George MacCall/ Charlton Heston 1961-1972 Co-founder, Jack Kramer Club, Rolling Hills Estates, California 1957-1958 Instructor, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Psychology Clinic [14 ] 1952-1955 Head Tennis/Assistant Basketball Coach, University of Toledo, Ohio Awards [edit ] Contributing Most to Tennis in America ( USTA) Orange County Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award (Sportswriter) [15 ] Coach of the Year Award (USPTA). ATP Children's Tennis Award. [16 ] Faculty Emeritus Award [17 ] USTA Midwest Tennis Hall of Fame [17 ] International Tennis Hall of Fame Tennis Educational Merit Award (1974) Videos [edit ] Vic Braden's 70 Minutes with Big Jake and Pancho Video [18 ] Vic Braden's Biomechanics of Tennis Video Vic Braden's Strategy Video Vic Braden's The Backhand Vic Braden's The Forehand Vic Braden's The Serve Tennis My Way Vocational highlights [edit ]
Licensed psychologist (California), author, sports educator and researcher, cinematographer, videographer, sports, television commentator.
He has authored five books with Bill Bruns whom he met in 1973.
[19 ] Braden, Vic; Bill Bruns (1977). Vic Braden's Tennis for the Future. ISBN 978-0-316-10511-8. Braden, Vic; Bill Bruns (1982). Teaching Children Tennis the Vic Braden Way. ISBN 978-0-316-10512-5. [20 ] Braden, Vic; Bill Bruns (1990). Vic Braden's Quick Fixes: Expert Cures for Common Tennis Problems. Little Brown & Co (P). ISBN 978-0-316-10515-6. Braden, Vic; Robert Wool (1994). Vic Braden's Mental Tennis: How to Psych Yourself to a Winning Game. Little Brown & Co. ISBN 978-0-316-10517-0. Braden, Vic; Bill Bruns (1996). Vic Braden's Laugh and Win at Doubles. Little Brown & Co (T). p. 179. ISBN 978-0-316-10519-4. Braden, Vic; Bill Bruns (1998). Tennis 2000: Strokes, Strategy, and Psychology for a Lifetime. Little Brown & Co (P). p. 284. ISBN 978-0-316-10503-3. Sportsathon! (1986). Co-authored with L. Phillips. If I'm Only 22, How Come I'm 82?—Tennis Is More than Just a Sport. (2012) [21 ] Books: Other [edit ] Wrote foreword: High Tech Tennis (1992). By Jack L. Groppel. Credited as photographer: Championship Tennis by the Experts: How to Play Championship Tennis. [22 ] Featured in print media [edit ] Vic's Vacant Lot [edit ]
Braden hosted the short-lived television series,
Vic's Vacant Lot, which ran in the early 1980s on [24 ] ESPN. The premise was to send Braden out with a group of children to show them how to organize competitive sports. See also [edit ] References [edit ] ^ Williams, Paige (2006-10-29). "Vic Braden's Mental Mojo Experience". The New York Times . Retrieved 2008-11-12. ^ "Author:Vic Braden". isbndb.com . Retrieved 2008-11-12. ^ "Victor Braden, Sr." 3 July 2011 Find a Grave ^ "Kalamazoo College Celebrates 175th Anniversary". Kalamazoo College. 2008-04-04 . Retrieved 2008-11-12. ^ "Champions List:1950". MIAA . Retrieved 2008-11-13. ^ "Honorary Degree List". Kalamazoo College . Retrieved 2008-11-12. ^ http://www.ocregister.com/articles/tennis-637518-braden-players.html ^ http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/tennis-pro-teacher-vic-braden-dies-26023668 ^ "'Problem Solving Can Be Beautiful'" 3 July 2011 SI.com ^ http://www.newspaperarchive.com/SiteMap/FreePdfPreview.aspx?img=100592086 Wisconsin State Journal, May 5, 1975 ^ "Club Profile" 3 July 2011 The Jack Kramer Club ^ http://articles.latimes.com/1986-08-25/sports/sp-16153_1_vic-braden/2 Los Angeles Times, August 25, 1986 ^ Vic Braden Tennis College site ^ http://www.psych.ucla.edu/center-and-programs/clinic UCLA Psychology Clinic ^ "Orange County Roundup". Los Angeles Times. September 27, 1985 . Retrieved 2008-11-05. ^ "Problem Solving Can Be Beautiful". Sports Illustrated. May 10, 1976 . Retrieved 2008-11-12. ^ a b USTA ^ Garrison Sports Videos ^ Joe Jares (March 25, 1996). "Two pros on winning at doubles". Daily News (Los Angeles, CA) . Retrieved 2008-11-05. ^ Arnold Schechter (1980-12-15). "Vic Braden's Way Of Making Tennis A Love Game Among The Younger Set". Sports Illustrated . Retrieved 2008-11-05. ^ http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=tennis-m/misc/braden/index.htm The Sports Network ^ Paul Assaiante, Vic Braden: Championship Tennis by the Experts: How to Play Championship Tennis. Leisure Press, 1981, ISBN 978-0-918438-23-2 ^ Jaroff, Leon (1989-10-16). "Teaching Tennis to Toads Vic Braden, Coach Extraordinaire, Uses Humor and Physics to Show Nonstars How to Improve Their Moves on the court". Time Magazine . Retrieved 2008-11-05. ^ "Vic's Vacant Lot (1982– )". IMDB. IMDB . Retrieved 15 October 2014. External links [edit ]