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New Richmond tennis coach receives honor

New Richmond girls tennis coach Denise Devereux was honored last week by the United States Tennis Association.

Devereux was a finalist for the USTA No-Cut Coach All-Star Team, which honors 12 coaches from across the nation who implement a “no-cut” policy. The no-cut policy welcomes all interested students to be a part of the school’s tennis team.

Devereux was nominated by Tiger assistant coach Teresa Kvam.  Kvam wrote in her nomination letter that “Denise has amazing techniques to break down complicated skills into bite size pieces that even

the less gifted players can grasp, and consequently improve. No doubt she has the tennis knowledge to be a successful coach, but more importantly she has the quality character to develop quality young

women who display good sportsmanship and fair treatment of others in all areas of life while displaying an outstanding work ethic.”

The no-cut approach to the team was started a number of years ago when Kvam was head coach of the team. Kvam and Devereux swapped roles a few years ago, with Devereux becoming the head coach.

Devereux was the only Wisconsin coach listed as a finalist for the award.  For being named a finalist, Devereux will receive a case of tennis balls from the USTA for use by the Tiger girls program.

“We believe every one of these girls should have a chance to play on a team sport,” Devereux said in her reasoning for maintaining the no-cut policy for the tennis team.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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