South Stokes alumnus Andy Smith is coming back home to head up the men and women’s tennis teams for the Sauras after coaching at the college level for the past 22 years.
“It’s very exciting to be back,” he said. “It’s been awhile and things have changed a little. I’m now coaching kids of parents that I instructed earlier in my career and it’s exciting, but yet weird. We have a bunch of hard-working ladies and I believe it will be a great experience.”
Smith brings expertise from coaching every division at the college level. He began his career in 1995 with Gardner-Webb University and then went to Georgia State University, North Carolina A & T University and then Greensboro College.
He was recommended for the high school position by longtime West Stokes coach David Smith.
“He is a good instructor and has a lot of experience. He’ll do well for South Stokes.”
Smith inherits a team that finished 3-14 last season and was 3-7 in the Western Piedmont Athletic 2A Conference. The Sauras will feature five returning players and are expected to have eight to ten ladies on the roster this season as they move to the Northwest 1A Conference.
“We are very excited to have coach Smith on our staff,” stated South Stokes athletic director Mitch Adams. “He brings a wealth of knowledge to our tennis program and we look for him to do great things.”
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.