The GCISD Board of Trustees named Ryan Gillen as the head tennis coach of Grapevine High School during the December 15 meeting. Gillen comes to GCISD with 20 years of experience both as a player and a coach; six of those years he has served as a head coach, most recently at S. H. Rider High School in Wichita Falls.
“We are very excited to have Coach Gillen join the staff at Grapevine High School,” GHS Principal Shannon Tovar said. “His experience as a player, professional and coach will benefit our students and I look forward to the continued success of GHS tennis under his leadership.”
The search for a new varsity tennis coach began in September when long-time coach Angel Martinez accepted a head coaching position at Texas Wesleyan University.
“Coach Gillen is a great person to lead our GHS tennis team into a new era,” said Phil Blue, GCISD Executive Director of Athletics. “He brings competitive experience and a solid track record that will continue to build upon the foundation of excellence of our GHS tennis program. He maintains high expectations for his players, both on and off the court, and develops strong positive relationships with his students and their families. We are excited to welcome Coach Gillen to the GCISD team.”
Gillen earned his Bachelor of Science from Midwestern State University. Prior to coaching at S. H. Rider, Gillen served as the first assistant tennis professional at Bailiwick Tennis and Swim Club for four years and was an assistant tennis professional at the Hamilton Park Tennis Center for one year. He also served as an assistant student tennis coach at Midwestern State University.
Gillen knows success as both a coach and a player. In his six years as a varsity tennis coach, he has led 25 athletes to the state tournament and has earned district coach of the year honors for three years. Most recently during the 2014 season, he coached a player to the UIL 4A State Championship. In addition, while a student at Midwestern State, Gillen advanced to the round of 16 in the national tournament and was named first team in the Lone Star Conference.
He will officially join GCISD in his new role at Grapevine High School on January 12, 2015.