2018-08-16 / Sports

Leelanau Tennis finds new coach

by Grant McPherson
of the Enterprise staff


TIM SUTHERLAND (left) talks to then Assistant Coach David Grams during their first match last year. TIM SUTHERLAND (left) talks to then Assistant Coach David Grams during their first match last year. With Tim Sutherland out, Leelanau County needed a new tennis coach.

Assistant coach David Grams stepped up to the plate, and has taken over as coach of the Leelanau Tennis team.

“I really enjoy coaching the high school students,” Grams said. “The students from the co-op are awesome, hard-working kids.

“I’m very excited to have another year with them.”

Grams, who coached the team for several years, returns with high expectations for the team. He wants the best for his players and the team has been working hard over the summer to advance. Sutherland wasn't rehired for the season.

The team has been practicing by themselves during the summer, and working hard to hone their skills. According to Grams, The team has worked well together early on in the season which bodes well for the whole season.


THE LEELANAU TENNIS team prepares for their second practice of the year at the Glen Arbor Township Park. THE LEELANAU TENNIS team prepares for their second practice of the year at the Glen Arbor Township Park. “We already have a great team atmosphere and we are very focused,” he said. “I’m very excited to see where we are going to be this year and what we will accomplish.”

Brian Klauer is the assistant coach to Grams, and hopes to continue to help the team grow and get better.

“I’ve been with the tennis program for a number of years so watching them develop has been great,” he said. “We started practice on Wednesday, and the practices have already been very strong.”

Students from Suttons Bay might have a hard time making it to some practices in the afternoon traffic. The team practices from 1 - 3 p.m. every weekday afternoon at the end of the summer until school is in session.

“It’s a challenge for the students in terms of driving around the county,” Grams said. “The students are able to make all of this work, and we work around their schedules to help them.”

Leelanau Tennis will kick its season off tomorrow morning at the Ludington Invite at 9 a.m. on Friday.

Grams has high hopes for what this season can have in store for the Leelanau Tennis team.

“Our team goal is really to improve, have a great attitude and give our best effort one match at a time and we will continue to get better,” he said.

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