Student-Athlete Spotlight

Josh Pompan - Men's Tennis


Why did you choose Penn?

I chose Penn because I wanted to go to a school that was strong academically, as well as has a strong tennis program with great coaches.  I wanted to go into business, and Wharton was my top choice. 

What does the experience of being a Penn Tennis student-athlete mean to you?

It is a privilege having the opportunity to represent Penn Tennis and the larger University of Pennsylvania community.  Every day, I feel as though I am practicing to win an Ivy title for the school, my coaches, and my teammates.  It is an honor to play for a fantastic program with a rich history. 

What has been your favorite moment/memory with Penn Tennis?

Although tennis is an individual sport, my favorite part of college tennis is the camaraderie between the guys on the team.  We are good friends on and off the court, and are always there to support each other.  My best memories have been Ivy League dual matches, where it has come down to a deciding match and all the guys huddle around the court and are cheering fanatically after every point.  The most incredible feeling was clinching last year against Brown in Ivy League play and getting tackled by my teammates in an on-court celebration huddle.  We win and lose together as a team.  

What has been your favorite class to date and why? 

My favorite class has been Professor Siegel’s Macro-Economic class in which he focused on the markets.  It was unique in that he projected the Bloomberg Screen every day during class and we discussed current market situations as well as ramifications of certain events around the world on the global economy. 

What does life after Penn look like (where you live, what you will be doing)? 

I am only a junior so I thankfully still have some time to enjoy college and play tennis.  I am interning this summer in private equity in Philadelphia, and I am excited to hopefully work full time in the world of finance after college. 

What are some lessons that you have learned through athletics at Penn that will stay with you after graduation? 

Penn tennis has helped me develop tools to compartmentalize and balance difference aspects of my life.  It has taught me the importance of being a team player and working hard to achieve both short and long term goals.  Furthermore, as captain this year, I am learning valuable lessons that come with leading and motivating a diverse group of individuals. 

Last year, over 100 Penn Tennis alumni, family and friends made a financial contribution to your program to help provide you with things like equipment, training tools, uniforms, travel to away meets, meals on the road, sports medicine and sports performance.  What would you say to those who invest in your experience as a Tennis student-athlete?

Thank you very much to all of you that have invested in my experience as a Penn Tennis student-athlete.  Because of you, I have had the opportunity to compete for an incredible program under amazing coaches, and have been able to play against other top programs around the country.  I have made my best friends through the tennis team, and established meaningful connections that I will have for life.  Penn tennis has certainly made my college experience.