We never want to lose a coach, but opportunity knocked for boys tennis coach Joshua Hadler. Coach Hadler will be moving to Aberdeen, South Dakota to continue to work for 3M to help assist in 3M’s production of masks in the fight against the pandemic. Joshua has worked as a product engineer over the last 2 years at 3M in Hartford City along with coaching the boys varsity tennis team over the past two fall seasons. “I am very thankful for the opportunity to coach my first team. I’ve learned a lot about being a coach and being a leader.” He looks forward to being able to continue coaching in the future if opportunities present themselves. He concluded, “Thank you Bruins!”
Before his departure, he would still like to give back to the program. Coach Hadler will be hosting a tennis camp for Blackford boys and girls (grades 5-8) from October 20-29. Practices will be Tuesday, October 20-Friday, October 23 from 3:30-5pm and Monday, October 26 through Thursday, October 29 from 3:30-5pm at BJSHS tennis courts.
Pictures from ’19 season.
The camp is for anyone currently in grades 5-8 who is interested in learning and trying out tennis as a sport. Players should wear athletic shoes and bring their own water bottle. A racquet will be provided if they do not have one.
Athletic Director Tony Uggen noted, “Coach Hadler did a great job with the program. He has an abundance of coaching experience and is a good tennis player. He was even keeled and did a great job getting the kids to buy into what he wanted to teach. I am happy with the progress he made with the team. We were just very young this year, but several kids made vast improvement under Coach Hadler’s leadership. More importantly, his teams represented us well at all times. We’re going to miss him, but wish him the best in his journey.”
Uggen added, “I really appreciate Coach Hadler offering this opportunity. I hope there are several who take advantage of it. The tennis team has had it rough for most of the past few years, but it is a sport that you can have team success with if you can get minimally 3-5 athletic kids, but hopefully more so kids are forced to compete to play. The other key is to stick with it. We’ve had a few try tennis that past couple years, but it seems they play a year or two and give up on it which is tough because that’s about the time their efforts start to pay off. I really want this program to be successful. Hopefully, this opportunity creates excitement about the program and more get interested.”