Sailfish Men's Tennis Welcome Gockmann, Conley, and Sahlman for 2011
May 26, 2010
Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- After earning a National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Championship in 2010, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s tennis program continues to stockpile talented performers for the future. The most recent additions for the 2010-2011 season come in the form of Chevron Gockmann, Cole Conley, and Evan Sahlman.
All three players will look to crack the top-six of the lineup for next season as head coach Chi Ly hopes that his squad can continue their development as an up-and-coming program in the NCAA South Region.
Chevron Gockmann hails from London, England and will provide the Fish with another potential standout near the top of the Sailfish lineup with the likes of Krasimir Atanasov, Alex Minicozzi and Luke Bolanos.
Ranked in the top-5 of the boy’s under 16 division in England, Gockmann played his high school tennis at Saddlebrook Preparatory in Wesley Chapel, Florida under the leadership of coaches Craig Boynton and Rick Crocket. Upon his arrival to the states, Gockmann has worked his way into a top-200 player in the 18’s rankings. A 6’2” player with a high ceiling, Gockmann hopes to major in Athletic Training upon his arrival to PBA’s West Palm Beach campus.
Chevy is the son of Vanaja and Gerd Gockmann.
Conley (Pictured, Right)will be attending PBA after a solid career at Araphoe High School in Littleton, Colorado. An All-State honorable mention selection as well as a state tournament qualifier in three of his four years of high school competition make Conley a strong prospect for the Sailfish men’s tennis program.
After playing at #2 singles as a freshman at AHS, Conley moved up to play #1-singles for his last three years while also being involved as an honor student in extracurricular activities such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and Future Business Leaders of America.
Hoping for a career in the film industry, Cole will major in the Communications field with a minor in Business Administration. Cole is the son of Ross and Carey Conley.
The third member of the 2010-2011 signing class for the PBA men’s tennis program is Evan Sahlman (Pictured, Right). The brother of current Sailfish assistant coach Jack Sahlman, Evan will enroll at PBA in the fall after a solid tennis and academic career at Lewis Mills Regional High School in Connecticut.
An All-Conference selection each of his seasons at the high school level, Sahlman also brings leadership qualities to the Sailfish tennis program after holding down the title of team captain for three years at LMRHS. On the club level, Sahlman has been active within USTA sectional tournaments at the junior level while achieving top 100 rankings in both the age 16 and age 18 brackets.
A solid student off the court as well, Sahlman has the unique talent of combining athletic abilities with those of the visual arts as well. Sahlman was a Gold Key portfolio recipient in the Scholastic Arts and Writing Competition at the state level while also placing sculpture and paintings in several galleries and exhibits including the CT Congressional Art Show and the NEXT: Emerging Talent Show.
With plans to major in Visual Arts at PBA, Sahlman would appear to be a great fit for an excellent career as a Sailfish.
Evan is the son of John and Cynthia Sahlman.
Stay tuned to PBASailfish.com for future updates regarding more additions to the Sailfish men’s tennis program.