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Sender returns to DHS tennis program

by Chuck Smock

Frederic Sender credits Dan Paterson with teaching him much of what he knows about tennis.

And now Sender, who graduated from Douglas High in 1994 and earned a varsity letter in tennis as a senior, will try to use what he learned from the former Tigers coach to help build the current DHS boys’ tennis program.

“Dan was a good coach,” said Sender, who will be the Tigers third head coach in three years. “He wanted us to strive to do better every time we came out.”

Sender currently works in security at China Spring Youth Camp. For the past five years, he has helped run a program through the fire district that trains 16- to 18-year-olds how to become fire fighters and emergency medical technicians. He will receive his associate’s degree from WNCC in December and plans to pursue marketing and law degrees.

The 23-year-old thinks his experience working with teen-agers will help him help the Tigers reach their potential.

“I think I’ll be able to relate to the kids, but at the same time keep some professionalism between us,” Sender said. “Working with kids is one of my strong points.

“The goal is whatever they want to achieve. The challenge is for me is to find the tools to implement that and lead them to a successful year.”

Sender didn’t start playing tennis until he was a freshman. But he learned the game quickly and made the Tigers’ No. 2 doubles team as a senior. He plans to push his players, but not at the expense of enjoying the game.

“I want them to work hard and play hard and have a lot of fun,” he said. “And I’d like to take them to state.”

Sender said he’s not at all apprehensive about his first coaching job. He plans to take advantage of a wealth of coaching experience in the Douglas athletics program.

“First of all, I want to establish myself with the rest of the coaches and the kids,” he said. “I want the kids to know I’m here as a coach and a friend, but more as a coach.

“I’m very open-minded. I’m not afraid to step in and take a challenge. At the same time, I’m not afraid to ask for advice or for help. These coaches have been in it for years. That’s a lot of experience in how to handle different situations. I’m also going to talk with (DHS girls’ tennis coach) Dee Gosselin to see how she does things.”

Sender added that he has several friends who are experienced tennis players who have volunteered to help at practice.

“The more tools you have, the better off you are as a program,” he said.