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Nafziger becomes new coach for boys tennis

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Junior John Collier returns the ball in his doubles team with Junior Tobias Yoder.

Junior John Collier returns the ball in his doubles team with Junior Tobias Yoder.

Sid Tandel

Sid Tandel

Junior John Collier returns the ball in his doubles team with Junior Tobias Yoder.

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For 5 years, Danny Logan was the boys tennis coach. However, this year’s team has a new head coach, Erin Nafziger.

Nafziger has been a teacher at HHS for two years, but this year she replaced Danny Logan and become the new boys tennis coach.

“I became the boys tennis coach simply because of the circumstances,” Nafziger said. “I originally started helping out with the girls tennis team a couple times per week and had hopes of helping grow the program with Coach Yoder. When Mr. Wilson told me they were in need of a boys tennis coach and were having a hard time finding one, I decided to step in.”

Nafziger began her tennis career while attending high school in Archbold, Ohio. She was the best on the team, but faced challenges just like other athletes.

“My biggest challenge was switching from volleyball to tennis,” Nafziger said. “A lot of the motions are similar, but I still needed to retrain my muscle memory to switch to tennis fundamentals. This helps a lot with teaching beginners because I can focus on the little details that I once had to focus on.”

Junior John Collier was one of the students on the team that was previously coached by Logan, but he believes that Nafziger is a great replacement for the team.

I felt like I used to have to play a certain way, but Coach Nafziger lets us try different things with our game that might help us improve,” Collier said.

Despite Collier and other players on the team forming a bond with Logan previously, Nafziger believes she can pick up where Logan left off.

“They were very grateful to have a coach to continue their season. There’s always a time of adjustment, but I don’t think the transition has set us back at all,” Nafziger said.

After getting to know the individual players and the team as a whole, Nafziger has various goals and expectations for the team, but also ideas of what they need to work on.

“My goals for this year’s team are to really work on laying the foundation of the team by learning fundamentals and basic strategy. We have a fairly young team, so focusing on the groundwork will soon pay off,” Nafziger said.

Although the team has faced a challenge with adjusting to the new coach, they have high expectations of how they want the rest of their season to go.

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