By Brooke Long
BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island High School has welcomed three new tennis coaches this year: Varsity Head Coach Tyler Hunt, Assistant Coach Alex Garrett, and JV Coach Julia Christie.
Hunt is currently a health teacher and ed tech at Pemetic Elementary School. He is a graduate of Cony High School, where he played first singles tennis for three years, and was even named Player of the Year by the Kennebec Journal.
“This is my first year at MDIHS and [I] look forward to building a successful program,” Hunt said. “To make the program better over the years, the plan is to focus on getting tennis racquets in the hands of our younger players on the island.”
Last year, both varsity teams were under .500.
“If we can improve from there, I will consider our season successful,” Hunt said. But he’s also excited about helping his players develop ‘soft skills’ that participating in sports can foster: timeliness, teamwork and leadership.
Garrett, who is assisting Hunt with the varsity team, also had a stellar youth and high school tennis career. He ranked first in Maine in United States Tennis Association in the 14-and-under category, and stayed in the top four in the state for USTA throughout high school.
He coached high school varsity girls’ tennis in New Hampshire for one year, and his team won the state prep league title. He has also been a tennis pro in the summers in New Hampshire for 15 years.
“I have enjoyed getting to know the players and teaching them specific skills and strategies,” Garrett said. “I am hoping they compete hard and we will see what results come.”
JV Coach Christie played varsity singles for MDIHS for three years when she was a student here. She graduated in 2012 and studied psychology at the University of Maine in Farmington.
“I’ve played tennis since I could hold a racquet. My father has been teaching and playing for 40 years so I’ve had a good influence,” she said.
“My hope for my team is to see them grow in skill. I also hope they will enjoy tennis enough to keep playing beyond high school and into adulthood!”