Tennis coach Ron Ruggles has been teaching skills and grooming competitive student athletes for five years at Coast Union High School, but he has never had a group as enthusiastic and willing to follow directions as he has this fall.
“Practice just started, but this team has the best attitude I’ve seen on a long time. They’re really gung-ho, and the younger girls are making strides like crazy. They’re really doing a great job so far,” Ruggles said after a late-summer practice on campus.
“It’s really a joy to be out there, and I look forward to practice every day.”
As to the talent level on the 2014 team, “We don’t have a superstar type of player, but we have depth, so as a team we should do pretty well. I have everything from young kids that are really shining to older kids that are really solid players.
“Our motto this year is ‘It’s all about the team.’ ”
Ruggles, who also drives school buses and provides maintenance services on buses, has recovered from the knee injury he suffered last year. It put him on the sidelines, precluding him from performing some of his coaching duties.
“My knee’s in great shape, not bad for being over 50 years old. I’m in good shape. Everything is good this year.”
The first home match for the Lady Broncos is Tuesday, Sept. 9, a 3:30 p.m. match against Morro Bay High School.