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Tabb High School has hired a new girls tennis coach after Mike Dow, the previous girls tennis coach, resigned from his positions during the offseason.
The new Tabb girls tennis coach is Lisa Salomon, former Division I tennis player for Eastern Illinois University.
Salomon is currently a 4.0 rated tennis player by the U.S. Tennis Association, which classifies her as an above-average player, and currently plays for an organized team based out of Old Dominion University.
Salomon played tennis growing up, but gave up the sport shortly after marrying her military husband. After a 15-year hiatus from tennis, Salomon again picked up a racket and resumed playing in 2011.
In her first — and to this point only — coaching gig, Salomon served as a volunteer assistant coach for the Grafton girls tennis team in 2012.
With a positive experience coaching at Grafton and an opening at Tabb available, Salomon jumped at the opportunity to take on her first head coaching position.
After interviewing for the position in September, Salomon received the go-ahead from Tabb Athletic Director Susan Wiker in October.
As an active player, Salomon said she was particularly excited to get on the court with her players and demonstrate proper technique firsthand.
Before Salomon begins working with the girls, she plans to seek advice from Jamestown Girls Tennis Coach Karen Johnson, with whom she has been friends for quite some time.
“I look forward to her sharing her expertise in coaching,” Salomon said. “I’m looking forward to learning from her to make the Tabb girls a successful team.”
And while the novice head coach lacks experience, one thing Salomon is not short on is enthusiasm for the opportunity.
“I’m excited to meet the girls, to teach them, to grow with them and to just have fun along the way and be successful as a team,” she said. “I’m really looking forward to it. February can’t get here fast enough.”