As Terry Caven returns to his prep school alma mater – LaRue County High – to coach tennis, he brings with him experience that includes regional and college championships.
While in high school, he and doubles partner Chris Allen captured the 2006 Fifth Region title.
After graduating from LCHS in 2008, Caven attended Campbellsville University (2008-12) and in his senior year won his doubles match, helping the school’s men’s tennis team, coached by Caven’s brother Kyle, to garner its first-ever national championship in the National Christian College Athletic Association Tournament.
“Terry will be a great addition to the tennis program as he has the ability to teach and demonstrate the basic and advanced fundamentals of tennis,” said David Dawson, LCHS athletic director. “His high school and college playing experience will be instrumental in teaching tennis to players.”
Caven, who co-coaches with Allison McDowell, replaces Roger Pierce, who Dawson said left to pursue other interests.
The new coach, who will be teaching eighth grade math at LaRue County Middle School, said the most important thing in getting his team off to the right start is teaching the basics.
“A player has got to get the fundamentals down before he can build on them,” he said. “As he develops these, the skills will come as will fitness and competitiveness.”
LaRue County faces some perennially tough competition, including Central Hardin and Elizabethtown high schools, the respective boys’ and girls’ 2013 regional champs.
When fall practice begins, Caven will share his knowledge gained not only from playing, but also from his six years of developing players’ skills through private tennis lessons and tennis camps in the LaRue and Taylor/Hardin County areas.
He lives in Hodgenville with his wife Sarah, a medical assistant at Family Care Center, a branch of Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown.