John M. Fill
John M. Fill
has always been an athlete.
He played football at the Ohio State University under Coach Woody Hayes from 1964 to 1966; he was co-captain of the 1966 team.
After college, John became a physical education teacher.
His first experience with tennis came in 1973 when he was hired as the boys' junior varsity tennis coach at Westerville South High School.
At that time, he
had no experience in tennis.
But as a coach, John
tried to apply many things he
learned from Woody to tennis.
He became the boys' head coach in 1976 and the girls' head coach in 1993.
still coaches the boys' team.
In addition to coaching, John has served as a District Representative for the Ohio High School Tennis Coaches Association.
Throughout the years John has developed into a good tennis player.
was ranked in the top 35 in the Columbus Grand Prix Circuit.
has won USTA tournaments in the Ohio Valley.
has worked hard to improve his
tennis knowledge by attending numerous tennis clinics in Ohio and Michigan.
USPTA certification and is currently at the Professional 2 Level.
has been dedicated to his
players and their development.
is proud that in the past two years, six of his
former players played at the college level.
Most of these players didn't get started in tennis until their freshman year because he
recruited many of them from his
physical education classes.
To quote John
, "I am most proud of the fact that I talked a lot of kids into giving tennis a try and then helped them to reach a level where they have become accomplished players."
Karen and Jack
, Bryce's parents are tennis players.