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Coach says he’ll be leaving Coast Union tennis program

Senior Maddie May received the MVP award for the 2015 tennis season. Here she competes during the fall season.
Senior Maddie May received the MVP award for the 2015 tennis season. Here she competes during the fall season. Special to The Cambrian

The varsity girls tennis awards event Thursday, Dec. 17, produced an emotional moment for head coach Ron Ruggles and his players when he announced that he would not return to the program in 2016.

Ruggles said his father’s health is failing, and the coach plans to move to Oregon to provide support for his father. “There were many sincere hugs” after his announcement, he reported.

Maddie May was named Most Valuable Player, Ani Corbet received the Coach’s Award, and Savannah Lyon was honored as Most Improved player.

The tennis team ended the season on a roll, winning its last four matches after losing its first 10 — and after losing every match in 2014.

Ruggles said he was “very, very proud of the way the team came back.”

Ruggles, who also drives buses for the school, will coach the boys tennis program in the spring, he said, but after that, he will leave for Oregon to join his father.

This report is special to The Cambrian.

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