The Franklin County High School boys tennis team will have a new head coach when the season begins.
David Fields will become only the third head coach in nearly 40 years at FCHS. He follows Gheorghe Ignat, who led the program through the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Prior to that, Terry Johnson coached the team for over 30 years.
Fields, 32, of Frankfort, is a full-time employee of the YMCA. He is also a player, captain and coach of adult teams in leagues administered by the United States Tennis Association.
His 2013 men’s combo team won the state championship in October and will travel to Birmingham, Ala., for USTA sectional competition.
“I’m very excited to take on a new challenge,” Fields said. “This Flyer team has a long history of success and I want to continue it. I hope to have a large turnout for our first organizational meeting. The more players, the better.”
FCHS athletic director Tracy Spickard said Fields is a good fit for the team.
“Coach Fields has tremendous enthusiasm and a very positive outlook,” she said. “We think we have the right person in the right place to bring this racquet squad back to the top of regional competition.”
The tennis season begins with the first practice Feb. 17.