Boys Varsity Tennis · BHS alum Greeley making an impact in first year as tennis head coach

Bearden tennis has had a strong season and is now in the midst of the post-season.

Unfortunately, the boys tennis team lost a district semifinal Wednesday to Catholic, ending their team season, but the girls will play in their own district semifinal Thursday against Catholic at 4:30 p.m.

Players from both teams will also still compete in singles and doubles postseason tournaments, which begin on Friday.

Bearden alum Sam Greeley stepped in as head coach this season, and the team has enjoyed playing for a coach that is close in age to them.

“He’s really relatable to student-athletes because he’s so close in age to us,” senior Emily Chung said. “The entire factor of competing against other schools, he approaches it a lot differently than an older coach because he [played] so recently.

“It’s been a really good experience to work with someone who knows firsthand what you’re going through and knows the players you’re playing.”

Coach Greeley has relished his first year as head coach, and he is confident in the future of the team.

“It has been a wonderful experience,” Coach Greeley said. “Watching these young student-athletes grow and mature throughout the year has been a truly life-changing opportunity for me.

“It will be sad to see these seniors go, but knowing who the juniors are coming up next year, we have another great year to come.”

Over the course of the season, the team has learned to depend on each other when times were hard on the court.

“Throughout the season we lost some key players,” junior Elle DeBord said. “We’ve had to stick together and have an understanding that every win matters to every person on that team and to have personal accountability.”

Added Coach Greeley: “Our biggest strength this year is definitely just the family atmosphere that has been created,” Coach Greeley said. “I have heard from multiple players that this is the closest they’ve ever felt to a team.

“This allows each player to play for not themselves, but those around them.”