Mike Jantz, who is completing his 26th season as AHS volleyball coach, has been named as the school’s tennis coach following the retirement of long time coach Garry Stredney.
Jantz played tennis at Lindsborg High School where he played doubles and advanced to the state tournament in his junior and senior seasons placing fourth his senior season.
Following graduation Jantz attended Bethany College and while attending college Jantz coached high school tennis at Smoky Valley High School.
At Abilene, Jantz was assistant coach to Stredney for 15 years.
“I feel very fortunate to have coached with two of the best high school coaches in the state of Kansas in Ron Dahlsten at Linsborg/Smoky Valley and Garry Stredney at Abilene,” Jantz said. “We have had great teams at AHS and I enjoyed working with the many doubles teams that were very successful at the state level over the years and being a part of the great tennis tradition at AHS.”
“I am excited about the new coaching responsibility and the opportunity to work with young people in the sport of tennis,” Jantz said. “It is a life sport and one that builds character.”
“I remember watching Derek Berns and his partner win a state title and several others like Michael Willey and his partner Jordan Canfield,”Jantz said. “It will be fun to work with Michael again as he is the assistant coach.”