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Five Star Performer - Coach Troy Saulsbury

Coach Saulsbury won his 100th dual as coach of the Kearney tennis team this past week
Published: Sep. 15, 2021 at 10:46 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - For the last 21 years, Troy Saulsbury has coached tennis at Kearney High School.

He started out as an assistant coach in 2000, before becoming the head coach in 2009. In that time, he’s led the Bearcats to many successful years, and most recently, won his 100th dual of his career.

Saulsbury doesn’t take all the credit for his achievment, however.

“It’s a team win because you can’t score points individually,” explained Saulsbury. “You only get one point for your team individually, so you gotta have five wins to win that meet.”

The 100th dual win came against Lexington, which had a special meaning for Saulsbury.

“My brother is the coach at Lexington, and it was kinda on our home courts that we grew up on and learned to play tennis, so that made it a little more special that it happened there,” Saulsbury said.

In his time at Kearney, Saulsbury has coached many athletes, who are grateful for the lesson he’s taught them on and off the court.

“The fact that our team has been so dominant on the Varsity and JV level just shows props to Coach in how he’s been mentoring not only the Varsity, but the JV level as well,” said senior Jackson Bokenkamp.

“He helps a lot and has good guidance,” explained junior Sam Rademacher. “On the court he just gives us tips on like what to do mentally and physically.”

As the Bearcats prepare to make another run for State, Saulsbury has big goals for 2021, and the future.

“I just want to continue to take Kearney tennis to another level, because I’ve still got quite a few years left in me and you know, maybe someday we can get that State Championship.”

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