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Boys' Tennis Coach of the Year
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Gary Pilling
Walker High School - Jasper, Alabama

"Gary Pilling is an outstanding example for successful high school tennis coaches," NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro said. "They place a high value on the teamwork skills players learn for success in the classroom and on the field, and we are proud to be honoring him."A 1980 graduate of the University of Alabama-Birmingham, Pilling was a serious tennis player from the seventh grade on. He began coaching in Jasper at the recreational league level in 1983 and became head tennis coach at Walker High in 1990. In Pilling's first eight seasons, Walker High was one of the state's top Class 6A teams despite being one of the division's smallest schools. His highest finish was eighth in 1998. Since moving down to Class 5A in 1999, the school has won the last two state ttitles easily, more than doubling the score of the second-place team this year. Walker High also defeated all of its Class 6A competition this season except for state champion Mountain Brook.  Walker tennis players swept to individual titles in No. 2 through No. 6 singles and No. 2 and No. 3 doubles this year, while finishing second at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles. 



Leo Scoda
Phoenixville High School - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Scoda never played tennis prior to his days as a student at Penn State University, but became the coach of Phoenixville High's first tennis team in 1963 and has held the position ever since. The self-taught player turned the Phantoms into one of southeastern Pennsylvania's most successful programs. His dual meet record entering this season was 460-70, including a streak of 127 consecutive Pioneer Athletic Conference (PAC) victories. His team won 11 titles as a member of the Ches-Mont League and have won all 15 PAC titles since the conference was created. Scoda, who will run for a second term this fall as mayor of Phoenixville, was inducted into the USTA Middle States Tennis Patrons Hall of Fame in 1998.



Jerry Lacey
St. Mark's School of Texas - Dallas, Texas

Lacey's St. Mark's team put together a dominating season en route to a 15-0 record and the Southwestern Preparatory Conference title. In their 15 matches, the Lions didn't lose a match, going a combined 109-0 in singles and doubles play. Of those 109 victories, 105 were in straight sets. Sports Illustrated magazine also recognized Lacey's distinguished career with a mention in its "Faces in the Crowd" section this year. A graduate of Iona College and Fordham University, Lacey teaches humanities at the school.



Bob Wood
University Liggett School - Gross Pointe Woods, Michigan

"The success accomplished by Bob Wood during his coaching career is almost difficult to believe," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "The NHSCA would like to congratulate Bob Wood on his retirement and honor him as the National High School Boys Tennis Coach of the Year." Wood, who retired this past year, enjoyed one of the most decorated coaching careers of all-time in any sport. His boys tennis teams tallied a total of 30 regional championships and 27 state titles during the span of a 37-year coaching career. As coach of the girl's tennis team he added another 12 state championships to his coaching resume.



Tony Kamen
Naples High School - Napels, Florida

Tony Kamen of Naples High School nailed down the Boys' coaching honor as the 2004 Coach of the Year for Boy's Tennis.В  Naples High won its third straight Florida 3A championship. 



Don Barnes
Bishop O'Gorman High School - Sioux Falls, South Dakota

In two separate coaching stints - from 1972-79 and 1995 to the present - Barnes's boys teams at O'Gorman High have finished in the state's Class A top 10 every one of his 18 seasons. Fourteen of those were top five finishes, and his 2003 team won the state title. He also coached the girls tennis team from 1976-79, winning the state title each of those four seasons. Barnes was inducted into the South Dakota Tennis Hall of Fame in 2001 and was voted the Coach of the Year in 2003. His wife, Kate, has coached O'Gorman's girls teams for five seasons, leading them to two runner-up state finishes, two third-place finishes and a fourth-place finish. 



Tim Mang
Corona del Mar High School - Newport Beach, California

Mang is completing his 35th season as one of California's most distinguished high school tennis coaches. The coach of Corona del Mar's boys team since 1993, Mang's teams have a dual-meet record of 282-38, nine league titles, and 12 consecutive appearances in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) state team tournament, winning titles in 1999, 2001 and 2003. His 1998 team, which shared the state title, was ranked No. 4 nationally and his 1999 team No. 2, and seven of his players became high School All-Americans. He also coached Corona del Mar's girls team from 1995-98, with his 1997 team winning the CIF state title and finishing the season ranked No. 1 nationally. Mang began his coaching career at Huntington Beach Edison High, going 290-90 and winning nine league titles in 17 seasons. In 1982, the National High School Athletic Coaches Association named him its Western States Coach of the Year and its National Coach of the Year First Runner-up, as well as California Coach of the Year.   



Tom Pullen
Pioneer High School - Ann Arbor, Michigan

It's been more than seven years - April 17, 2000, to be exact - since a Pullen-coached boys team at Pioneer lost a dual meet. They also posted tournament winning streaks of 52 and 50 straight through last season, and are favored to win a seventh consecutive Division 1 team title this spring. In the 2005 and 2006 seasons, Pullen's boys teams posted a 526-16 match record and combined for 44 state singles or doubles crowns. Now in his 17th season, Pullen's boys teams have won a total of eight state titles; his girls teams have won four state crowns and posted a seventh runnerup finish last fall. A retired dentist who was a member of the wrestling team at the University of Michigan, Pullen didn't take up tennis until the age of 35, but since then has won 10 city doubles championships. He was voted the Michigan High School Tennis Coaches Association's Division 1 Coach of the Year in 2006. 



Preston Jackson, Jr.
Boys Latin School - Baltimore, Maryland

Jackson just completed his first year as head coach at Boys Latin. Prior to that, he coached the boys and girls teams at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute for 12 seasons, where he taught aero science and physics of flight. He led his teams to nine District 9 team championships, including seven in a row. They were undefeated for four consecutive seasons, winning 78 of 80 matches at one stretch. A member of the U.S. High School Tennis Coaches Association Board of Directors, Jackson was named the Mid-Atlantic High School Coach of the Year by the United States Professional Tennis Association in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2006, and its National High School Coach of the Year in 2001. A tennis professional for 28 years and a former Air Force coach and player, Jackson serves as Tennis Director at the Potomac Woods Swim Club in Rockville, MD. 



Connie Jones
Greenwich High School - Greenwich, Connecticut

In 1997, Jones' first year at Greenwich, the Cardinals were undefeated and won the state and Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC) championships. Thus began a dynasty. Jones has taken a program that included approximately 35 players in her first season to 76 this season on four levels. Greenwich now has won nine FCIAC titles, including seven in a row, and six Class LL state crowns, including the last five straight. The Cardinals (16-1, 13-0 this season) are 142-9 since 2002 and 235-34 overall under Jones. She was named Boys Tennis Coach of the Year by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association last season. A letterwinner in field hockey, basketball, tennis and lacrosse as a high school athlete, Jones has won nine United States Tennis Association doubles titles and has captured 11 American Platform Tennis Association national titles. She is a tennis pro at Sound Shore Indoor Tennis in Port Chester, N.Y. and a platform tennis pro at Roxbury Swim and Tennis Club in Stamford.



James Solomon
William Hall High School - West Hartford, Connecticut

The second Boys Tennis Coach of the Year from the Nutmeg State in as many years, Solomon has guided the Warriors to a record of 445-61 and four state team titles as he completes his 36th season. In 1979, Solomon led Hall to the title in the state’s largest division, Class LL, and followed that with the all-class State Open championship. The Warriors have since gone on to win Class L state titles in 1992, 1993 and 2007, and also own 13 state runner-up finishes, including the past two seasons. Under Solomon, the Warriors have won 18 Central Connecticut Conference Western Division titles, including the last five in a row. Solomon coached the individual state singles champions in 2006 and 2007, and his players also swept the New England Championships singles and doubles titles in 2006 and added the singles title in 2007. The state’s Coach of the Year in 1985, Solomon was inducted into the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2003. A two-time National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) Regional Coach of the Year, Solomon was named National Coach of the Year by the NHSACA in 2000.



Kelly Mulligan
Gulliver Preparatory School - Miami, Florida

Mulligan has coached the boys and girls teams at Gulliver Prep for 22 seasons, and now owns a total of 11 2A state team titles. Seven of those have been won by her boys teams, which have finished in the state’s top two in nine of the past 10 seasons. This spring, her boys team, which included just one senior and five freshmen, rolled to its fifth consecutive state team title by scoring a clean sweep, capturing all five singles titles and both doubles titles for a perfect 21 state tournament points. The only other boys team in any class to achieve a perfect score of 21 in the last decade: Gulliver Prep’s 2009 state championship team. Her boys teams also won titles in 2003 and 2005, finishing second in 2002 and 2004. Mulligan also has coached two boys to individual singles titles and three doubles teams to state crowns. One of them, current Northwestern University standout Raleigh Smith, was named the NHSCA National High School Athlete of the Year in 2010. Gulliver Prep’s five consecutive titles are the state’s longest current streak and the third longest in state history, and their seven titles are fifth best in state history. The Miami Herald named Mulligan the All-Dade Boys Coach of the Year in 2008, and she was named the Florida Dairy Farmers Florida Coach of the Year in 2009, after previously being awarded the state’s 2A honor.



Bill Kingston
Moorestown High School - Moorestown, New Jersey

Now in his 39th season coaching the school’s boys and girls teams, Kingston, 69, became the nation’s all-time leading winner last spring. A 5-0 Moorestown victory over Columbus Burlington Township High last May was No. 955 in his career. It was one of the highlights of a season which saw the Quakers post a 23-9 record, win the Burlington County Scholastic League Liberty Division title, the Burlington County Open team championship and the South Jersey Group 3 championship. The Quakers were runners-up in the Group 3 state tournament and two top in-season team tournaments, the Moorestown Classic and the Westfield Invitational. With a career record of 965-173 entering this season, Kingston guided the Moorestown boys to the South Jersey Group 2 championship in 2001 and the Central Jersey and state Group 3 championship in 2007. His girls team won the South Jersey Group 3 championship in 2007 and has won 23 consecutive section titles. Kingston is one of the deans of tennis coaches in a tennis-rich area which also includes Jeff Holman of Haddonfield Memorial High, the NHSCA National Girls Tennis Coach of the Year in 2009, and Ralph Ipri, who retired from Cherry Hill East High after setting the record Kingston broke, 954 victories. Between them, the three own nearly 3,000 wins.  



Tony Splendore
Mt. Pleasant High School - Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania 

Tony Splendore has been the boys’ and girls’ tennis coach at Mt. Pleasant High School in western Pennsylvania for 39 years. With well-over 600 victories, Splendore is one of the winningest boys’ tennis coaches in Pennsylvania. Splendore’s started the school’s tennis program in 1972 when it had no home tennis courts, meaning the school had to play every match on the road. This past year, Splendore, who is retired from teaching, returned to the sidelines as the boys’ head basketball coach.  



Rusty Komori
Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii

When it comes to tennis in Hawaii, Rusty Komori has built a program that is second to none, including on the mainland.  During the 2013-14 season, Komori led the Punahou boys’ and girls’ tennis teams to their 12th straight state titles with the boys winning their 21st straight overall under Komori.  The Punahou boys have won 24 straight state titles, which is a national record.  Overall, Punahou has won 46 boys’ state titles and 40 girls’ state titles.



Dan Holden
Highland Park High School, University Park, Texas

Dan Holden, who has been at the helm of Highland Park High School tennis program for 14 years, has built a juggernaut in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.  This past season, Highland Park won its seventh straight Texas title, extending its dual match win streak to 151 straight.  The state title was the 16th overall for the school, which is a state record. Holden is the second Texas coach to win the NHSCA Boys’ Tennis Coach of the Year Award. Jerry Lacey of St. Mark’s School was honored in 2002.



Al Must
Adams High School, Rochester, Michigan

A retired social worker for Adams High School, Coach Must has led the varsity tennis program for the last 32 years after moving to Michigan from Colorado. Coach Must won his 400th career match during the 2015-16 school year by knocking off rival Rochester. “I love what I do,” Must told after reaching the milestone. Coach Must’s teams have reached the state tournament the past 11 consecutive years. They finished in the top 6 in the 2013-2014 season.



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