From the tennis court to the courtroom

After finishing a brilliant playing career with the Temple Owls, a graduate assistant coach Uladzimir Dorash has spent the past two years embarking on a law degree for life after tennis.

The Belarus native’s seven-year journey to Philadelphia culminated last month (May) with a degree from Temple Beasley School of Law. Currently, he is studying for the bar exam.

Dorash’s immediate plans include staying in the city and working for Pond Lehocky Giordano, LLP, where he will specialize in catastrophic workplace injuries.

Dorash compared the sport of tennis to an argument in the courtroom.

“Being in the courtroom is a bit like being on a tennis court. No one will argue for you. It’s all up to you. But, at the same time, you represent people whose lives depend on the quality from your lawyer.” Dorash said. “On the court, I always felt like the more at stake, the easier it was for me to produce tennis that I didn’t even know I had in me. So that’s in that sense of responsibility for others who rely on you that is identical in the practice of law.”

Head Temple Trainer Steve Mauro knows that Dorash is a special person and will be able to replicate his success as an owl in a successful legal career.

“Lovingly known as vova for us he has been a special person for our program,” said Mauro. “He’s been a role model for Temple since he arrived on campus in 2014. He did great things as an undergrad but then excelled in law school. So he did everything he necessary to improve the visibility of our program.

I couldn’t be happier, not only to have trained him, but I can also call him a good friend. I know he will be very successful in his career as a lawyer.”

Dorash reciprocated his comments about the management of the Temple, led by his former coach Mauro.

“Steve is a good, kind man who trusted me and believed in my abilities seven years ago,” Dorash commented. “He trusted me as a player in situations where others wouldn’t. He offered me a position that helped me complete my law studies and allowed me to stay a bit longer. long in the team.

The coach allowed me to grow and he helped me get to where I am right now. In my opinion, he deserves way, way more credit than he gets.”

The Belarus native compared his experiences as a college player to a college coach where he needed to communicate with the players.

“At first I was more nervous as a coach than as a player. During a game you feel like you can’t really change much except advise, and so you watch nervously for hours. Second, as a player, you come in, work as hard as you can, and you go. As a graduate assistant, you have to communicate with many different players who react differently to your advice. It’s the ability to finding common ground with all the different people on the team and bringing them all to the same page which is the hardest and most important skill a coach acquires throughout their career.”

Although Dorash’s time on the tennis court is over, he will always have those special memories of wearing the Cherry & White.

“The program has grown in my seven years with Temple. It’s amazing what Coach Mauro was able to do with what little he had. We were able to beat Penn State, UPenn, Tulsa, SMU and Tulane “, Dorash expressed. “Two very bright moments in my memory include when I won a game against the University of Buffalo in the No. 1 position after being down 5-2 in the first set and when we beat the defending champions, the ‘Tulane University at the AAC Tournament Conference.’

Dorash played a major role in the program’s success by helping guide the Owls to the AAC Tournament Championship for the first time in school history during the 2019 season. The Owls have won 11 straight games this season that season, including four against conference opponents, while individually Dorash went 20-11 overall in singles and 20-9 with a partner in doubles. From 2016-19, he went 43-25 in singles and 48-17 in doubles while being named to the AAC Academic All-Star Team in each of his four seasons.

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