Imperfectly Perfect – Part 4: Unexpected Champions

We entered our eighth match facing a school that had a lot of good athletes as well as 4 really strong players.  If we were playing them 1-14, I would have felt good, but we were playing our top 7 versus their top 7.  This was going to be a coin flip of a dual…

Imperfectly Perfect – Part 3: Seventh Heaven

I approached my second season as head coach with guarded optimism that we could finish with a winning record.  We returned every player from our 5-7 team.  We also had a good amount of interest from 9th and 10th-grade players who had not been on the team last year.  I subbed for a class in…

Imperfectly Perfect – Part 1: Head Coach?

With the Kentucky high school tennis season having just begun, I am looking back on my coaching start.  I became a teacher in August 2002.  I mentioned to my co-worker and athletic director that I would like to help both the boys and girls’ tennis teams.  He said that would be fine because each team…

Tennis & Nerves – My Perspective from Playing & Coaching Part 1

Mental Tennis Tennis being an individual sport with minimal to no in-competition coaching has always put pressure on a player’s mental fortitude.  Anyone who has played tennis also knows that at times one’s mental fortitude falters.  Singles is particularly tricky because a loss means either the opponent was better or one failed to play well….