BY DEAN HOCKNEY
KOKOMO, Ind. – Last fall, the Kokomo Wildkat boys tennis team surprised the North Central Conference by traveling to Richmond and knocking off the then-undefeated Red Devils 3-2. The victory gave the Kats its 15th conference title while coach Shawn Flanary was named the NCC Coach of the Year. Three weeks later, Kokomo defeated Taylor 4-1 to claim its 25th sectional title overall and 11th under the guidance of Flanary.
For his efforts, Flanary was named the 2015 Indiana High School Tennis Coach of the Year by the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association after previously earning the organizations District III Coach of the Year honors. District awards are determined by a vote of coaches in attendance at the spring and fall district meetings while the IHSTCA board of Directors selects the state winner.
“The KHS boys had a great season, and the coaches felt like our boys really carried themselves well from a sportsmanship standpoint,” said Flanary as he deflected the attention away from him and towards his student-athletes. “We also knocked off a couple of teams that some people thought we shouldn’t have. Our boys had a tenacious attitude. They weren’t willing to give up, and that goes a long way. You couldn’t ask for more than what our Kokomo High School student athletes gave us during the 2015 season.”
Wildkat Athletic Director Jason Snyder noted the Kats also have seven regional titles since Flanary took over the program in 2002.
“We are very excited for Coach Flanary, who has done an outstanding job for many years with Kokomo-area tennis,” said Snyder. “This is a well-deserved honor, specifically the outstanding performance of our team in 2015. Shawn was able to bring a group of guys together that really leaned on each other, supported each other, and made each other better as they became a team over the course of the season.”