Willis Named Coach of the Year

Ellington High School boys and girls tennis coach Richard Willis was named USTA New England’s 2013 coach of the year when he was presented its Starfish Award on Feb. 8.

Willis was recognized for his work committing to “no cut” programs at Ellington High School where his girls team finished 19-0 in the regular season in 2014 and for coaching the Town of Ellington’s USTA Junior Team Tennis program the past six years in which his 14 and Under team won the Western Massachusetts Championship in 2012 and 2013.

Coach Willis was also recognized for the character of player he develops with his Ellington High School athletes, volunteering to lead the Friends of Ellington Tennis Elementary School after school tennis program the past two years, and having among the highest percentage of scholar athletes on their teams.

This information was submitted by Jim Maitland

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