Andy Andress was selected as WHSTCA Division I Coach of the Year for the recently completed girls’ tennis season.
Many of the reasons Andy was nominated have nothing to do with team records or even team success in terms of wins or losses. Andy’s team had an 11 and 9 overall dual record. His varsity squad finished 6th in the 10 team newly aligned North Shore Conference, a marked improvement over last year’s 7th place finish in the now defunct 8-team Little Ten Conference. Hartford sent three players to sectionals and scored a third-place finish at the #3 singles spot. Andy’s team, as usual, showed great growth and improvement over the course of the season. He was also chosen for his guidance to assist a player facing a serious medical issue and for his leadership to help design, schedule and revise bylaws for the new look North Shore Conference. According to Steve Anderson from Slinger, “He is an ambassador for high school tennis and puts the best interests of kids first while providing outstanding leadership at meetings that set policy and guide play at both the conference and subsectional levels.”