Grace College has handed the reins of the school’s women’s tennis program to Larry Schuh, adding to his current responsibilities as the men’s tennis coach at Grace.
Schuh has transformed Grace’s men’s tennis program into an annual contender in the Crossroads League during his tenure.
Schuh, in his fifth season as the men’s coach, led the Lancers to a share of the regular season league championship in the fall – the program’s first title in 23 years.
Prior to Schuh’s arrival, the Lancers had not earned a league victory in four years. But under Schuh’s guidance, the Lancers have advanced to back-to-back league tournament championship matches. He was named the Coach of the Year in the league in 2009.
“I felt God’s leading to take the position a few weeks ago. I have a four-year plan in place to get the women’s program in the upper bracket of conference with the ultimate goal of winning it,” Schuh said. “But most importantly I look forward to leading the women into seeing tennis as simply an avenue through which to glorify God. Tennis is an awesome sport, but it is also a way to reflect our Lord and Savior.”
Grace’s women’s tennis team has finished in the top half of the league standings in three of the past five seasons.
The Lady Lancers’ current roster features young talent. Kristin Cassidy, a sophomore, was the team’s No. 1 singles player, and freshman Taryn Wuensch played No. 2 singles.
“I am really excited to have Larry lead both of our tennis programs. He’s done an incredible job with our men, and I expect he will do the same with the women’s team,” said Grace athletic director Bailey Weathers. “Two of Larry’s strengths are growing individual players and pulling together the tennis community’s resources to maximize the opportunity for our student-athletes to excel and thrive. I couldn’t be happier than to see Larry coaching the women at Grace.”