York High School Girls Tennis Coach Tres Heimann was named Coach of the Year by the Illinois High School Tennis Coaches Association. Heimann also is dean of students at York.
Each year, coaches are recognized based on team record, obstacles the team faced, contributions the coach made to the sport outside of the high school season and player development.
York girls tennis team had a successful 2012 season. Here are a few highlights:
- sixth consecutive sectional championship
- all six players qualified for the state tournament
- five players were all-state: one singles player (2nd team all-state), 2 doubles teams (both honorable mention all-state)
- highest team finish in school history (sixth place at the state tournament)
- second straight year finishing in the state’s Top 10
Heimann’s Dukes played a very challenging schedule in 2012 and recorded accomplishments up and down the line-up, taking on Hinsdale Central, Lyons Township and Oak Park-River Forest. Heimann said he believes in preparing his players by sending them out against the state’s finest on a weekly basis.
“We had a great group of girls who worked very hard both during the season and in the off-season to help prepare them," Heimann said. "It was very enjoyable to go to the courts every day. Three seniors led our team at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles. Our No. 1 singles player, Maria Avgerinos, was a three-time all-state player and finished her senior season in ninth to 12th place. She is signed to play at Syracuse University next year.
"York had three positions seeded at the state tournament, and five players earned All-State status in the same year," Heimann said. "Just as enjoyable, though, was the process leading up to the tournament with the work that was put in during the summer months and then during the season. We have received a lot of support from York and the Elmhurst community. We are very excited to continue building a program at York High School.”
Heimann was honored at an awards luncheon Jan. 25 iat the Vaughn Athletic Center in Aurora.