Medina High tennis Coach Chris Horgan receives several major awards

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 January 2018 at 5:17 pm

Contributed Photo – Medina High tennis Coach Chris Horgan here receives the USTA Eastern’s Virginia and Chuck Landis High School Coach of the Year Award from USTA Eastern President John Klennen and Executive Director Jenny Schnitzer at this past weekend’s awards dinner at White Plains.

When it comes to enjoying playing, coaching and teaching the game of tennis it would be tough to top the enthusiasm and dedication of Medina High Coach Chris Horgan.

A coach and clinician for 30 plus years, Horgan’s dedication and enthusiasm for sharing his love of the game of tennis with others has earned Horgan several prestigious awards recently.

This past weekend Horgan received the USTA Eastern’s Virginia and Chuck Landis High School Coach of the Year Award in ceremonies held at White Plains.

The award, which Horgan has now received twice, is given “to a high school tennis coach who has shown exemplary leadership, enthusiasm and team building skills.”

Horgan has also received the USTA Eastern’s Western District Coach of the Year Award and the Buffalo Tennis Hall of Fame Committee’s High School Coach of the Year Award for the Buffalo area.

Horgan has also been informed that he is receiving the Northeast Section Coach of the Year Award for Boys Tennis as selected by the National Federation of State High School Associations and the National Federation of High School Coaches Association. The Northeast section includes New York and New Jersey along with the six New England states.

“Tennis is a great sport and I am honored and humbled that I should be selected for such honors,” said Horgan who has been involved in helping others learn and enjoy tennis in many ways over the past three plus decades. In addition to high school coaching, his efforts have included being involved in training coaches, giving clinics and instructional programs, serving as a coach for the Empire State games and as a 25 year member of the Section VI Boys Tennis Council.

“I love getting people involved in the sport,” said Horgan who has coached the Medina tennis team for the past 17 years guiding the Mustangs to a 160-52 league record and seven Niagara-Orleans championships including the last two and five of the last six years.

Prior to that he coached the Roy-Hart tennis team for 13 years leading the Rams to a 124-46 record and five N-O titles.

At the end of last spring’s season Horgan also received the state Boys Tennis Coach of the Year Award from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.