The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced the 2015 No-Cut Coach All-Star Team, which includes Don Ackerly of Valhalla High School in El Cajon, Calif. The No-Cut Coach All-Star Team recognizes 12 exceptional middle and high school coaches throughout the nation who implement a “no-cut” policy which welcomes all interested students to be a part of their school’s tennis team.
The No-Cut Coach All-Star Team was established in 2013 to recognize a select group of coaches nationwide for their special achievements in offering a “No-Cut Tennis” policy. Coaches are nominated by their respective USTA Section.
Ackerly is a resident of La Mesa and has been coaching tennis since 1979 when he started as an assistant at Santa Barbara City College. Ackerly is currently in his third stint of coaching at Valhalla having coached there in 1986, and from 1992-1997. He returned in 2004 and has been coaching there since that time. Ackerly has won multiple league titles on the boys’ and girls’ side with the 2008 girls reaching the CIF-San Diego Section finals. His boys’ team won four consecutive league titles from 2005-2008.
Helping people experience the joy and love of tennis is one of my goals. I believe that high school is the time people should be exposed to areas of study and life that peak their curiosity and intrigue. Tennis is one of those areas. As such, it is my responsibility to involve any interested young men and women in the sport. As life progresses, when a person is ready to find something to do for health, social involvement, competition, or just to pass a few hours, I want them to remember tennis. It is truly a sport for a lifetime.
“These coaches play a critical role not only in the development of student-athletes throughout the year, but the success of No-Cut Tennis and the sport of tennis as a whole,” said Glenn Arrington, Director, USTA High School Tennis. “We are extremely proud of these coaches as they foster inclusion and continue to help shape and mold today’s youth into well-rounded student athletes.”
Since 2006, more than 4,000 tennis coaches nationwide have made a commitment to offering a no-cut policy, with some programs including more than 100 team members on a high school team. The coaches of these teams serve as positive role models and make a difference by spending the extra time and effort to ensure that young players experience the fun and fulfillment of playing tennis and participating in a school sport.
To qualify for the USTA No-Cut All-Star Team, coaches must be currently implementing a no-cut policy on their tennis teams, currently registered with the USTA as a “no-cut” coach, and coaching tennis for a minimum of five years.
The 2015 No-Cut Coach All-Star Team includes:
Your Valhalla Football team is hosting West Hills in the final non-league contest of the season. The Norsemen are coming off back to back dominations to take on a pesky Wolf Pack team. Come on out to the Valhalla Stadium for a 7:00pm start. We will also be recognizing youth in our community through the Pop Warner Football and Cheer teams, as well as, the Hillsdale Band. Go Norsemen!
Don't forget to bring your used sports equipment to donate to the victims of the fires up near Middleton HS.
Special Note: Beginning at the start of the 4th quarter of the Varsity game, we will be transitioning the main driveway back to the stadium into a two lane exit. This will require us to have all incoming traffic either park and/or pick up in the front parking lot (No exceptions). This will allow the vehicles in the parking lot accessibility to leave in a more timely and organized fashion. Thank you for your understanding.
The Valhalla Athletic Administration welcomes all athletes to the end of the year athletic awards night on June 10th. The event will take place in the Valhalla gymnasium at 6:00pm. The event will recognize athletes from all 25 varsity teams and will end with the naming of our Athletes of the Year. Thanks for a great year Norsemen.
Congrats to the Boys Golf Team on their first league title in seven years. They beat Steele Cyn in the League Finals, securing the top spot in the Grossmont Hills league. CLICK HERE to read the article in the San Diego Golf Report.
Valhalla student Trent Rule was recognized at the January 15 Governing Board meeting for his selection as the 2014 All-Academic Team Captain for San Diego County and All CIF-SDS First Team, Boys Cross Country. Trent was selected as one of eight U-T San Diego All-Academic Team Captains for fall sports. The Captain’s plaque represents each sport’s Academic Athlete of the Year. Trent has a 4.65 GPA, never earning anything below an "A" during his high school career. His course load includes five AP classes in addition to him running. Trent hopes to run cross country in college where he plans to study mechanical engineering at an Ivy League school, Stanford, USC, UCSD or Cal.
CLICK HERE to read the UT Article.