BY SHAIN GILLET
Clipper Sports Editor
BOUNTIFUL — The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has named Bountiful High School girls’ tennis coach Desi Stuart as the coach of the year in the respective sport.
The award comes following the girls’ 4A state tennis title, which they captured approximately one month ago. The award itself came as a bit of surprise to Stuart, who has been coaching the tennis team for the past four years.
“I heard the news from someone that read the marquis in front of Bountiful High,” Stuart said. “I was very honored and humbled to receive this award. This is my fourth year as the tennis coach and I’ve been privileged to have wonderful girls to work with year after year.”
Since starting her coaching career with the Braves in 2009, Stuart has coached Bountiful to a pair of state titles and a second place finish. In 2009, the team finished second, then won the state title in 2010.
After tying with Woods Cross for second place last season, the Braves bounced back to reclaim the state title for the second time in Stuart’s tenure.
Stuart said the support from students, parents and staff helped the team make a run at this year’s title, highlighted by tough team play during the final matches.
“The support of the administration, parents and the assistant coaches is the reason this program has been so successful over the years,” she said. “I’ve tried to teach the girls that sportsmanship comes first, both on and off the court. I want them to play their best and feel good about themselves whether they win or lose.”
That teaching has paid off for her players.
“I love these girls and hope they all know how proud I am of them,” she added. “I thank (NFHS) for this award.”
NFHS is based in Illinois and lists all of its award recipients on its website, nfhs.org.