Allen resigns as tennis coach

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By Ron Benningfield

After a year at the net, Chris Allen has resigned as LaRue County High School’s boys and tennis coach.
“I enjoyed coaching, but I took a full time job and my schedule conflicts so much with tennis that I couldn’t continue to coach,” said Allen, who is employed at Fort Knox Federal Credit Union.
As head coach, the former Hawks star tennis player mentored the boys’ team to a successful season.
“As a team, we went undefeated against the teams we played,” Allen said of the competition in which the team that claimed the three best-of-five matches (three top singles and two doubles) was awarded the win.
 “It was a learning season for our young girls’ team, with several of our starters in middle school, but this coming year should be a better one for them,” he said.
Allen, who lives in the Buffalo-Mount Sherman area, graduated from the University of Kentucky in December.  
While a student at LCHS, he played four years of varsity tennis. With Terry Caven, the doubles team captured the 2006 region championship and competed at state in 2005 and 2006.
While attending Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, Allen helped coach Hawks teams in 2007 and 2008.
 “It’s a different land you’re in when you’re coaching as compared to playing,” Allen said. “In addition to the coaching aspect, you have to schedule matches and buses. The parents really made my job a lot easier.”
He found that the most exciting part of his tenure as coach was seeing his players improve.
“Unlike football or other team competition, singles tennis is you against your opponent,” he said. “I looked to improve their technique, but, because so much of this game depends on mental attitude, I always tried to keep them focused and not to be distracted by a bad shot they had just made or anything else that would interfere with that positive attitude.”
Though he’s not playing any organized tennis, he said he’s “still in the game” and would consider returning to coaching again if the opportunity arose and his schedule complied.