My 12th year of coaching high school tennis is underway and it’s off to a great start. We had a really talented team last season, our best ever. We set a Class 5A boys record for points scored at the state championships, but we lost five great players from that team. We return a skilled-group of players this year and are hoping to contend for another state championship. We’ve got a very deep team, with a roster of 32 players and over 20 that could contend for the top-12 varsity spots.
It’s going to be a fun year… I know this because it always is!
I love tennis as you might have noticed. I especially love teaching and coaching youngsters. I’ve seen what a positive force tennis can be in children’s lives and I want to dedicate myself to that cause. So I’ve recently clarified my tennis mission. It starts with getting tennis rackets in as many kids’ hands as possible. The post below is a start on how I hope to go about my mission.
We had record numbers in our summer tennis program. The Bend Bulletin wrote a great article about our summer tennis program. While the numbers are amazing, they haven’t even scratched the surface of what I have planned for tennis in Bend, Oregon. We just need more tennis courts to work with. We’ve basically maxed out what can be done on the four courts at Juniper Park. We need an eight-court complex at least in Bend. I’ve started that process with this face book page, “Bend Needs More Tennis Courts.”
We are packing the tennis courts @ Bend’s Juniper Park with youngsters swinging tennis rackets, some for the first time ever! We have nearly 125 kids in the first summer session, about 24 kids an hour on 4 courts. Such a great time, the kids seem to be loving it!