Weatherford High School’s new Head Tennis Coach Steve Quy’s career has included nine consecutive district championships with Krum High School, six state appearances, and 2010 Class 2A Texas Coach of the Year honors.
Quy also brings a personal connection to his new job, being a 1989 graduate of Weatherford High School himself.
While he has been gone for a number of years, Quy said it feels good to be back in the town he graduated in.
“I’m really excited,” Quy said.
“It has been a long time, but I guess you’d say the feel is back for being a Kangaroo again. Getting to come back to coach at your former high school is a pretty special thing not many people get to do. The timing was just right. I’ve been a lot of places over the years, but it never really worked out until now. It would be a great place to finish my career.”
Weatherford ISD Athletic Director Richard Scoggin was equally enthusiastic about Quy returning to lead the Roos and Lady Roos, noting the tennis coach’s sustained success over the years, as well as his personal connection to the community.
“When I look at bringing in a former graduate, I go all the way back to high school and look at what were they involved in, what were they doing, were they successful,” Scoggin said.
“Then I look at what they did in college, and then that takes you to their coaching career. In Coach Quy’s case, he was the head coach at Keller Fossil Ridge, and then he spent I believe it was 12 years at Krum High School, which is a smaller school, but he was the 2010 coach of the year. His team won nine consecutive district championships. So you’re looking at a 12-year span and seeing the success that program had.
“A lot of times somebody comes in and has success in their first, second or third year, and you go well, that program was already going strong. [But if] you’ve been there 12 years and have this kind of success, you definitely put your stamp on the program. He also served in an administrative role in Krum, so that speaks volumes about the type of person he is in the education field.
“You have to weigh all those factors. What has he done, what has his success rate been and what’s he going to bring to our program. And I believe he will bring to our program the ability to teach these kids, one, they can be successful, and two, what it takes to be successful. Those are crucial things for us.”
Quy took the last two years off from head coaching, but said the itch to return proved too great after enough time.
“I coached middle school and junior varsity the last couple years,” Quy said.
“I guess I got the bug again to get back into head coaching, but there were only gonna be a couple of schools in the state I’d be interested in at this late part of my career, and Weatherford was on the top of the list. It just worked out.”
While he has only been with the Roos and Lady Roos for a short time, Weatherford’s new head tennis coach said his athletes have been both welcoming and receptive of what he wants from the program.
“It has been a positive experience so far,” Quy said.
“The kids have been super. It’s not easy when a new coach comes in, in any sport, especially for the seniors. But they have all been very receptive and have taken to me. It takes awhile to figure out how a new coach wants things done and what their expectations are, but so far I couldn’t have asked for anything better.
“Now it’s just a matter of going and winning matches. I’ve know they’ve been down a little bit the last few years. I told them I want to bring it back to the way it was when I played here. In the 70s, 80s and 90s it was one of the top programs, so that’s my goal.
“It may not happen overnight, it may take some time, but I’m going to do everything I can to make it happen.”
Two of the most crucial components to fielding a successful tennis program include sufficient numbers and hard workers, Quy said.
“Numbers are always important as far as having enough kids,” Quy said.
“Because nowadays kids are doing so many different things, whether it’s band, ag., choir or other sports. And tennis being an all-year sport, you’re gonna mix in with some of their other conflicts, so whenever kids do have to miss for other sports or events, you need enough numbers to fill in so that you have a solid team to go compete with.”
Quy’s backing of the United States Tennis Association’s No-Cut Policy, which is based on the “idea that students of all talent levels benefit from participating,” backs his belief in large numbers up.
“I don’t cut any players,” Quy said.
“I run what’s called a USTA No-Cut Program, which means no kid is gonna be cut based on ability. I take everybody and they’re always gonna be part of the program. They may not always be on the traveling team, but they’re gonna come to practice every day and have a chance to work up throughout the year.
“I have coached at a small school for a number of years, a lot of my coaching success came at Krum High School which when I first got there was a Class 2A school. Now it’s a Class 4A. But when you’re coaching at a small school, you need every possible body you can get just to keep a team filled.
“So you don’t ever want to tell a kid they’re not good enough and to come back next year. You take them, work with them and try to make them better. I’ve always done it that way and believed in that. So until it gets to a point where it becomes unmanagable, I’m going continue to use that as my philosophy.”
That also falls in line with Quy’s desire for hard workers over pure natural ability.
“I just like hard workers,” Quy said.
“I’d rather have a hard worker who shows up to practice every day than to have a superstar that causes problems on the team or doesn’t show up to practice. I like good kids in the classroom that promote the tennis program in a positive way, both in school and the community, because it is like a family atmosphere.
“It’s one of those unique sports where we do have two seasons and we’re together so much from August to May.”
Scoggin for one said he fully believes Quy is the right person to maximize the tennis program’s potential.
“We’re excited to bring a Weatherford guy back into the mix,” Scoggin said.
“I think Coach Quy brings a wealth of knowledge of the game and a wealth of knowledge for Weatherford ISD. So we know he’s gonna be committed and dedicated to taking our tennis program to the next level.
“He’s a communiator. He sets high expectations, and he expects kids to rise to his expectations.
“I’m very confident he’ll come in and get these kids involved and use his knowledge of the game and community to better enhance the quality of tennis for our kids.”