Larry Schuh is ready to begin his fifth year as head coach of Grace's men's tennis program. He has decisively revamped the Lancers' tennis program during his first four years and is on his way to building Grace into a national contender.
Despite being plagued by injuries throughout the 2011 season, Schuh brought the Lancers to the Crossroads League championship game where they narrowly fell 5-3.
In 2009 Schuh was named the Crossroads League Coach of the Year for Grace's incredible turnaround. After finishing last in the CL in 2008, the Lancers finished 2009 at 6-5 (4-3 CL) and were one win away from a third-place finish. Schuh brought in two freshmen (Michael Blevins, Nikola Todorovic) who advanced to the league singles championship match.
"It is an ongoing privilege to continue to run a program that has a rich, winning history,” said coach Schuh. "Grace College is a wonderful place to grow as an athlete, but more importantly, to grow more and more into the image of Jesus Christ. Our ultimate goal is spiritual in nature, but we also have a view toward getting Grace back to the NAIA national tennis tournament.”
Schuh is a 1991 Southeast Missouri State graduate with a degree in education who also graduated from the Grace College Seminary in 1999 with a masters in divinity.
Schuh has 10 years of experience coaching the boys' and girls' tennis teams at Whitko High School. Throughout that time, both the boys and girls teams have won a conference championship. His girls’ team in 2005 had an 11-win season, which tied a record for wins in a season at Whitko.
Schuh has been a public school teacher for 12 years, a pastor at Manchester Bible Church for nine years, and has been running tennis camps over the summer for the Whitko schools for 11 years. He has also been a sponsor of the Whitko Spanish Club for 10 years. Schuh's hobbies and interests include playing golf and volleyball.
Larry and his wife Liza, of 14 years, have three children: Marina, Josh and Carter.
Leon Brenneman is set to join Grace's men's tennis staff for his fifth season.
Brenneman is a Level 1 USPTA Master teaching pro who played his collegiate tennis at Grace College.
The Lancers enjoyed some of their most successful years in history during Brenneman's playing career, including a trip to the NAIA National Championships. He has been coaching for decades at all levels: high school, college, and at the pro level.
Brenneman is a dedicated Christian who is heavily involved in international missions and looks forward to helping lead the Grace tennis team back to the winning tradition that he experienced.