Patrick Doerr

Episode 112

22 MAR 2021

He grew up playing basketball but is known for tennis, having been a two-time regional champion, two-time all-state selection, and a state semi-finalist all in just his junior year of high school alone before going on to play at Spring Arbor University where he competed in both the singles and doubles lineups, finishing his college career with a 62-32 combined record.  Today he is on the officiating circuit of local and national junior tournaments as well as college tennis matches, the latter to include officiating mostly for Big Ten and ACC teams, including numerous top 25 teams.

Guest quotes:

“We grew up Catholic, going to Mass every Sunday, and that was the expectation.  So, it was pretty cut and dry; if you weren’t ready to go to Mass when mom was leaving, you weren’t going.”

“I attended Queen of the Miraculous Medal elementary school for kindergarten through sixth grade and then for middle school I went to Jackson Catholic Middle School and then high school went to Jackson Lumen Christi.  So, that’s basically Catholic schools through and through.”

“The, kind of, unbreakable faith that (my father) had in God’s plan for his life, it gave me the best example I could have had at such a young age of how to take the faith seriously, and really, how it can be the baseline during hard times.”

“I’m not just playing tennis here.  This was a gift that I had from God.  And the best thing that I can do with this gift is give it my all, every single day I’m out there.”

“It was kind of a soft whisper of God just being there saying, ‘Even without all these things, Patrick, I am enough.  Sports is never going to satisfy you.  There’s nothing that you can do in life that’s going to satisfy you enough, except me’.”

“No matter what you do or how many times you win… you have to accept that God is enough for you.”

“I knew what I believed, but I didn’t know why I believed it.”

“Fortunately, with the Catholic faith… you have a return on your… investment.  The more you research the faith, the more you see how beautiful it is and the more you see the fullness of truth.”

“They voted me most likely to be a priest.”