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WHAT HAVE I BEEN DOING FOR THE LAST 45 YEARS ?
I came to NWHS during the middle of our sophomore year. Did not really connect with anyone until I went to a party at the home of Jenny Lucas. I went with Michael Thorpe. I was befriended by Jimmy Tanis, Barbara Short, and Barbara Taft. Through them I got to know most of the good folks who would be my friends for the rest of our time at Northwestern. My best friend was John Slusser. After graduation I went to PGCC for 1 year, then went into the Army(would have been drafted anyway) where I was a sentry dog handler in Okinawa and Vietnam.
When I returned from my initial tour I left the military as a conscientious objector. Went to Montgomery College in Takoma Park where I got on a nationally ranked junior college tennis team for 2 years, then started teaching the game. Built the program up at the Silver Spring YMCA, founded the National Junior Tennis League in Montgomery County with Dwight Mosely, then went to New York to work for Arthur Ashe in the National Office. After 2 years I went back to teaching the game, went to Wyoming until 1987 when I moved to Bowie. I earned my Education Degree and started teaching. Got into Administration in 2006. Kept coaching tennis in Bowie(35 years total) and coached the DeMatha Tennis team for 7 years. Selected Washington Post "Coach of the Year" in 1998 and won a national championship in 2000! I love working with high school students!
I owe a debt of gratitude to men like Raymond Reed and Ed Riggin whose sense of caring and staunch professionalism I continue to try to emulate.