Sommer May Hired as Women's Tennis Head Coach
By Justin Grones (@GronesGB)
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – With the fall portion of the 2013-14 season complete, the Green Bay women’s tennis team will have a new leader when play resumes for the spring portion of the schedule in January. Former assistant coach Sommer May has been named the fifth head coach in the program’s 38-year history, interim Director of Athletics Dan McIver announced on Monday. May takes over for Sara Schubring, who resigned after the fall season.
“It’s an honor to be hired and work with such an impressive group of coaches, staff and student-athletes at Green Bay,” May said. “I truly love the sport of competitive tennis and I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to share my excitement and playing experience with the women’s tennis team.”
May was hired as an assistant for the program in September, and has provided valuable leadership and experience for a Phoenix roster comprised entirely of underclassmen. A 2004 graduate of Minnesota, May played Division I tennis her freshman year of college at Marquette, posting 10 singles and four doubles victories. She was also a two-time state champion in high school while starring at Green Bay Notre Dame.
May still enjoys a successful competitive career, having held the No. 1 ranking in both 2010 and 2011 in the USTA Wisconsin Women’s Open division. Competing in level 4.5 matches, she posted an impressive 7-1 record during the summer of 2013 while ranked as the No. 3 player in the state. Also on her USTA resume are championship titles at the Greater Milwaukee Open, the Midwest Indoor Championship and the Wisconsin Adult Open.
May inherits a young Phoenix roster eager to learn and gain experience against a schedule full of tough opponents this spring. While the knowledge of the game is already in place, May hopes to help her squad become more consistent and better at executing shots.
“Focused repetition and discipline are keys for us at every practice,” May said. “We have a tough schedule this spring, so the team needs to be in top form to run out every ball and fight to the very last point.”
When she’s not on the court, May is a proud wife and mother of two, as well as an active volunteer with various organizations in the Green Bay Area. She will spend the next few months preparing her squad for the start of the spring season, set to begin at home on Jan. 25 against South Dakota State at 11:30 a.m.
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