Madison Center Faculty coach Wealthy Bryan has been named the Texas Tennis Coaches Affiliation’s Center Faculty Coach of the 12 months.
“Like most coaches, that’s testimony to nice gamers,” Bryan stated. “Encompass your self with a number of good folks and good gamers. I’ve Coach (Trance) Rosenquist, Coach (Lauren) Renner and Coach (John) Kelley. We’re a staff. It’s not about myself. It’s concerning the team-first side. I’ve very humbled and really excited that it brings consideration to this system and never myself.
“I advised the youngsters in the present day that any award that comes my method is a sworn statement to their laborious work. I’m pleased with them for main me to his accomplishment.”
Rosenquist was thrilled with Bryan profitable the award.
“Wealthy is an impressive coach and even higher man,” Rosenquist stated. “I’m unsure the place our program could be with out him.”
Bryan, the husband of Abilene Excessive tennis coach Stacy Bryan, has been teaching for 5 years – all at Madison.
“I at all times joke round that I used to be working totally free over there for 20 years,” the 54-year-old Bryan stated. “Then Coach Rosenquist requested me to educate at Madison, and I stated I’d by no means coached earlier than. He goes, ‘I do know you are able to do it.’ Not that I didn’t assume I may, however I must coach in opposition to my spouse and my daughter. It’s only a household affair. Tennis first in my household. I wouldn’t commerce it for something. I like being across the youngsters. They preserve me younger.”
Bryan’s youngest daughter, Abby, is an eighth-grader at Craig Center Faculty.
“So, I’ve to educate in opposition to her,” Bryan stated. “I’ve to go in opposition to my very own daughter, and when Cooper performs in opposition to Abilene Excessive, I’ve to educate in opposition to my spouse. It’s a bizarre feeling.”
Bizarre is correct. Dad should coach his gamers to beat her.
“I inform my youngsters, ‘If you happen to’re going to beat Abby, that is the way you’re going to must beat her.’ It’s awkward.”
Madison is a feeder faculty for Cooper, whereas Craig feeds into AHS.
The Bryan’s have two different youngsters, each daughters. Rachel performed at Wylie, whereas McKenna, a 2020 AHS grad, performed at AHS and Hardin-Simmons.
Bryan follows within the footsteps of a number of Abilene center faculty coaches who’ve obtained the identical honor. Craig’s Jimmy Scheffler received the award in 2017, a yr after Mann’s Sharon Wartes received it. Madison’s David Clever received it in 2013, and Wylie Center Faculty coach Rose Bristow in 2007. Danny Haddox, an Abilene center faculty coach, additionally received it in 2001.
Stacy Bryan was the Class 3A highschool coach of the yr at Wylie in 2000, adopted by Kathryn Gilreath in 2006, (3A Wylie), Fred Scott in 2007 (5A Abilene Excessive), Trance Rosenquist in 2013 (5A Cooper) and Mark Hathorn in 2021 (5A Wylie).