Last season was a year of turmoil for the Waxahachie tennis team.
It went through three head coaches and still managed to be a win away from making the postseason.
Now, under new leadership, the team looks to build off that success and make it to the next level in 2013.
Shannon Jordan takes over as the new head coach and she is assisted by Kit Alford.
Jordan officially took over at the end of last season, but is excited about her first full year in charge of the tennis program.
“This is something that I really wanted to do before I came here,” Jordan said. “We think that the program really needs someone who is going to provide stability for it and neither of us have any plans on going anywhere.”
Jordan, an Ennis alum, worked in surrounding school districts before landing the position at Waxahachie. Alford has worked for WHS the past seven years as a science teacher and bus driver, but now will be in charge of junior varsity and junior high school tennis.
The new coaches have been putting the squad through two-a-day practices all last week and has a tough schedule planned for the fall to get them ready to make a postseason push.
“They know that there is work to do. No one person is a perfect tennis player and its something you can get better at your whole life,” Jordan said. “This team we have this year is determined. I coached them at the end of the year and told him what we needed to do to get to where we want to be.”
Her seniors are going to have to lead the younger players by example and show that all the hard work will pay off. The senior girl players are Ava Landis, Carolynn Van Zandt, Savannah Summers and Hailey Phillips. The seniors on the boys team are Coleman Beddingfield, Ryon Couch and Jerry Garcia.
“They are all great examples for the players we have coming up,” Jordan said. “They take care of the business in the classroom so they can take care of business on the court and have great sportsmanship.”
The team will be in action again at 4 p.m. Aug. 22 at home against Kaufman. District play starts Aug. 27 at Mansfield Summit.