Frenship tennis team hires coach from Snyder

Frenship hired Ted Phillips as its new head tennis coach on June 4.

Phillips is familiar with the Frenship tennis system because his former team of seven years, Snyder, is on the Tigers’ schedule twice a year.

“I got to see their program and I am pleased with it,” said Phillips. “I see the talent it has, the success it has, but I really like the potential Frenship has. The potential is out of the roof.”

Prior to Phillips’ seven years at Snyder ISD, he served 17 years at Memphis High School. His teams have advanced to the state tennis tournament 23 times in individual tennis and two times in team tennis. He was named Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame Tennis Coach of the Year in 1992.

Phillips plans to focus on two different coaching philosophies.

“I want to preach consistency in individual events,” said Phillips. “I don’t want our players to beat themselves. In doubles, I want to be aggressive and attack the ball. I have had a lot of luck with those methods.”

The Tigers will have several incoming sophomores on the varsity, but Phillips feels confident with the few seniors he has.

“What I like is the leadership the seniors show,” said Phillips. “There are not many of them, but they are close and show good leadership.”

Phillips replaces Brad Wikse who resigned earlier this school year to take a job at Flower Mound High School.

He takes over a Frenship High School team that has won four consecutive district championships in team tennis with undefeated district records.

Both boys and girls individual teams advanced to regional competition earlier this spring with four doubles teams and one singles player competing at regional.

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