West Stokes announced they’ve hired local tennis standout Tanna Tilley as the new women’s tennis coach after Leah Bishop stepped down last season.
“We have a young group of girls who are eager to learn and I can’t wait to watch them improve throughout the course of the season,” said Tilley. “I’m very excited.”
Tilley graduated from North Stokes in 2007 and played for Julian McKenzie. The Vikings have won six state championships in the school’s 50 year history and Tilley helped guide them to two of those titles her junior and senior year where she was all-conference and all-state.
“I feel like I have a good idea on how a successful program should be run after playing for coach McKenzie,” the new hire said. “I will take a lot of what he did and instill it into our program.”
Tilley will be taking over a program that was 8-8 last season with a third place finish in conference play and a 6-4 record. The Wildcats graduated three senior from last year’s team and will return four lettermen this season.
“We are very fortunate to have coach Tilley,” stated West Stokes athletic director, Chris Manley. “She brings energy and experience and we are excited about what she is going to do with the team.”
Tilley graduated with a physical education degree at Appalachian State University and teaches at Chestnut Grove Middle School. For the past five years, she has coached boys’ tennis for the Trojans and will continue her efforts with them in the spring. Along with her first high school coaching job, she will help with the girls’ basketball team at the middle school this winter where they won the Foothills Middle School Conference and earned the title of tournament champions.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.