Josh Olivas is returning to his roots to coach the Douglas High School boys tennis team.
Olivas, a 1997 Douglas graduate, was announced as the team’s coach by school officials on Tuesday afternoon. He succeeds Rod Smith, who stepped down after the 2013 season.
“I’m really excited about it,” Olivas said. “I’m looking forward to being part of the community again.”
After graduating from Douglas, Olivas spent one year in Brazil as an exchange student — “That’s when my game really started to pick up,” he said.
Olivas proceeded to take his game to the professional tour for 10 years. During that time, he also attended Biola University in Southern California, where he served as a volunteer assistant coach.
He is currently living with his wife and 3-year-old son in Reno and working toward a graduate degree. He has worked as an instructor at the Lakeridge Tennis Club in Reno.
Olivas said he plans to meet with team members for the start of conditioning some time next week. Commuting from Reno to Douglas won’t present a difficult challenge, he added.
“My parents still live in Minden and they enjoy seeing their grandson, so I’m down here two, three days a week anyway,” he said.
Dan Hannah was also named head coach of the Douglas girls team in July. The girls open their season Sept. 2 at home against North Valleys, while the boys open Sept. 2 at North Valleys.