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.