Troy High has hired Will Fritz to take over as its boys and girls tennis coach.
Fritz, who teaches French at Sunny Hills, previously coached at Diamond Ranch of Pomona and John Glenn of Norwalk. He was officially hired as coach at Troy on Tuesday.
He takes over one of the most successful programs in the county. Troy’s girls team has not lost a Freeway League match since 1995 and the boys team is 59-1 in league play since 2008.
“I’m very excited,” Fritz said. “It was a huge aspect that was missing from my life. I love that aspect of working with high school kids.”
On the girls side, Fritz replaces Donna Judd, who retired after coaching for 22 seasons. The Warriors have won 181 consecutive league matches. Troy went 17-2 this season.
Fritz spoke with Judd on Wednesday. He called her a "legend" and said he can only hope “to do her program justice.” Judd was pleased with the conversation.
“He seems to have the right attitude about not winning at all costs but winning with character,” Judd said, “and he’s got some good tennis background.”
Fritz said he grew up in Whittier and played tennis at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore. He coached both the boys and girls at Diamond Ranch and John Glenn as well.
The Troy boys team finished 2013 as league co-champs with Sunny Hills. The Warriors were coached by Troy alumnus Skyler Kressin last season and Ryan Young for five seasons before that. Troy has won the league title in 13 of the last 14 seasons, including eight in a row.
Troy athletic director Mike Silzer said he believes Fritz can maintain the level of success Troy has had and could potentially grow the tennis program further.
“He was super passionate about wanting the opportunity to be in charge of our program, knowing that you’re filling big shoes,” Silzer said. “He was excited to say, ‘I can do that and then some.’
“We’ve just been blessed to have someone of Donna’s caliber and her character. It’s just been a pleasure to work with. Those are big shoes to fill, but I’m really pleased with Will and excited to see him step in and take that program and continue that success.”
Fritz said he plans on meeting with the boys and girls teams for the first time on Friday.