Stroudsburg’s Gene Tapiro ladies tennis coach of yr


When Gene Tapiro took over teaching the Stroudsburg ladies tennis staff two years in the past, he rapidly observed a extremely gifted sophomore group.

Amongst these sophomores was the eventual three-time district champion, Paraskevi Briegel.

Naturally, Tapiro knew he had an virtually assured win at No. 1 singles, so he simply wanted to mildew the remainder of his staff into constant winners.

Quick ahead to this previous fall season, and that’s precisely what Tapiro did. His prime three singles gamers – Briegel, Emma Schomberg and Rachel Traub – led the cost and helped the Mountaineers to a 17-3 total report and a district runner-up end within the staff occasion.

For serving to flip across the Stroudsburg tennis program, Tapiro is the Morning Name Ladies Tennis Coach of the 12 months.

“The ladies have been so devoted from day one once I took over,” Tapiro stated. “Whether or not it was Paras, Rachel or Emma, they wished to get higher to enhance their recreation. Our motto was to be slightly bit higher than we have been yesterday. They took that to coronary heart, and it culminated into the yr we had.”

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Previous to coming to Stroudsburg, Tapiro spent greater than 15 seasons at Pocono Mountain East, gaining a ton of data concerning the sport he loves.

Like many different highschool tennis coaches, Tapiro stresses the significance of depth. And whereas having the realm’s finest participant on the prime of his lineup, Tapiro fashioned gifted doubles groups as nicely. Instances in level have been Evelina Ogrodoniczuk and Madison Leeth – large contributors for the Mountaineers who received quite a few matches at No. 4 doubles within the common season.

“We have been robust up and down the lineup. I might actually say the dedication they needed to each other was the large factor,” Tapiro stated. “Nobody wished to let the opposite one down. They fought additional onerous to get that win as a result of they didn’t wish to let their teammate down.”

Whereas the staff graduates 5 essential seniors, it additionally returns a handful of gifted gamers who noticed worthwhile taking part in time.

“The longer term seems vivid, we had lots of freshmen come out for the staff. One snuck her means into the lineup, Alana Marsh, and he or she ended up profitable one of many district staff finals matches,” Tapiro stated. “A few of the gamers, reminiscent of Katie Hosko, Allison Willis and Sophia Loomis, we’ll proceed to develop them and maintain their development going ahead.”

Dante Terenzio is a freelancer for The Morning Name.

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