Tennis: Elks’ Ronning is state Coach of the Year

Randy Ronning, at right, watched the final moments of the Elks 5-2 win over Wayzata in the state finals, with volunteer assistant Curt Johnson, and players’ parents and siblings. (Photo by Bruce Strand)


Randy Ronning, coach  of the state champion Elk River Elks, has been named state Coach of the Year for boys tennis.

Ronning, a teaching pro at Daytona Country Club and substitute teacher, has been Elk head coach for five years, all of them ending with trips to state. This year’s team was 31-0 and captured the Class AA championship, the first for the Elks.

The Osakis native and St. Cloud State graduate has been involved with Elk tennis as a teaching pro, mentor and program historian since 1992.

The award, determined by a vote of coaches, was announced by Richard Englestad, Tennis Coaches Executive Secretary.

“Congratulations on the fabulous season for the Elk River Elks,” Engelstad stated, in an e-mail to Ronning.

He added: “I heard many great comments down at the tournament about your team and the class, poise, and sportsmanship that they showed at the tournament.  That is a great statement about the Elks program.”

The Minnesota State High School Coaches Association will honor all coach of the year award recipients at a banquet in October.