Downers Grove South Boys Tennis Coach Named 'Coach of the Year'

Peter Freischlag will be recognized later this month by the Illinois High School Tennis Coaches Association.

The Illinois High School Tennis Coaches Association (IHSTCA) has named Downers Grove South High School's boys tennis coach Peter Freischlag “Coach of the Year” for 2012.

Freischlag, who is also a teacher in the special services department at South High, will be recognized later this month following his team's successful fall season, according to District 99 officials.

Each year, the IHSTCA recognizes a coach based on team record, obstacles the team faced, contributions the coach made to the sport outside of the high school season and player development.

Led by Freischlag, the boys tennis team achieved the following accomplishments in 2012:

  • A 21-1 dual match record;
  • 1st at 6-0 with 11 medalists in conference play;
  • 1st in sectional play, qualifying all six players;
  • 11th at the state tournament, with three All State selections.

In addition to the team’s record, the IHSTCA committee noted Freischlag’s challenge after a tornado left the tennis courts unplayable, and the team needed to find alternate arrangements. They also cited his contributions to tennis outside of the high school season, including his USPTA membership, Hall of Fame committee work as chair and All State committee work. 

Freischlag was also commended for his commitment to developing players, according to District 99 officials.

“Peter has been a tremendous asset to South High and to our tennis program,” said Athletic Director Randall Konstans in a press release. “We are proud that he has been recognized by the IHSTCA and achieved this noteworthy award.”

Freischlag will be honored at an awards luncheon on Friday, Jan. 25, at the Vaughn Athletic Center in Aurora.

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