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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Highlands Tennis Coach Named 2016 Coach of the Year

(L-R) Kris Laskey, Peter Laskey, Meredith Laskey.
Highlands High School tennis coach Kristin Laskey has been recognized by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) as Coach of the Year for the 2016 season. Coach Laskey is one of 530 coaches nationwide to be recognized and is the representative for Kentucky.

Laskey has been the tennis head girls coach at Highlands High School for the past six years and the head coach for both boys and girls teams for the past three seasons.

Under her leadership, the girls teams won 10th Region team championships in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 and the boys teams won 10th Region team titles in 2015 and 2016. Additionally, the program has seen a girls individual state runner-up in 2014,  a girls state singles semi-finalist in 2012 and 2015, a doubles state semi-finalist in 2014 and a girls team state semi-finalist in 2016.

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"Highlands’ tennis has had success because of the hard working student athletes who have led our championship teams,” said Laskey. “My goal as coach is not just to work towards wins but to hopefully leave the kids with lasting memories and life lessons from the normal ups and downs of a season.  I am thankful for the support tennis gets from the Athletics Department, City Rec, assistant coaches, teachers, parents, players and fans, and it is an honor to receive this NFHS Coach of the Year award on their behalf." 

Highlands High School Athletic Director Matt Haskamp stated, “Coach Laskey is as dedicated, passionate and enthusiastic about her sport as any coach I have met. She places the highest expectations on her players, has built a program that is inclusive, exemplifies sportsmanship and is creating leaders within our next generation. 

We are very fortunate to have a coach who cares so much about her players and pushes them to be the best version of themselves.”

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