Donovan recognized for second time as top tennis coach.
The 2016 season was one filled with achievement for Coach Julie Donovan. Not only did her boys' tennis team make it to the state tournament, but Coach Donovan was also presented with the Coach of the Year award—an award she also received in 2014.
Coach Donovan has been the head coach of the Bishop Guilfoyle boys' tennis team for six years. Her love of tennis and background in sports medicine made her the perfect fit for the job. During her first season, the Marauders finished with a record of 1-7. By her fourth season, she was coaching a team that was undefeated in their league. Her favorite memory stems from this experience and the four boys that stuck with her throughout those four seasons.
“I was able to stand up in front of the whole school and present those four boys with the District VI Championship trophy,” she said. “That was a really special moment.”
The 2016 season brought another undefeated record within the league and another district championship. The team also made it to the semifinals at the state tournament, making BG one of the top four boys' tennis teams in Pennsylvania.
“When you make it that far in the post season, you realize how hard you have to work to get a team to that point,” she said.
The Marauders finished with an overall record of 17-2 for the 2016 season.
Heading into her seventh season, Coach Donovan has goals of participating in the state tournament again. The hard work and determination of BG’s boys' tennis team continues to fuel her passion for coaching.
“It’s a real pleasure to watch the boys grow and learn discipline through sports,” she said. “It’s rewarding to watch them achieve their goals.”