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Tennis coach resigns after nine seasons

Jennifer Boehm

After nine seasons as the head coach of the SVSU women’s tennis team, Jennifer Boehm has decided to resign.

“Deciding to step away from coaching was a very difficult decision,” she said. “Unfortunately, it simply was not a sustainable situation for me personally and professionally.”

Boehm, a 2003 SVSU alumna, returned to coach tennis prior to the 2011-2012 season. She had played on the team as a studentathlete and served as an assistant coach in 2003.

After graduating, Boehm served as the director of leagues, director of cardio and director of middle school tennis at the Midland Community Tennis Center.

During her tenure at SVSU, Boehm coached to a record of 87-92, including a record of 57-55 in GLIAC competitions.

Under Boehm, the Cardinals had its best finishes in 2016 and 2017, as the team finished in fourth place for the GLIAC. These rankings were the highest the Cardinals had achieved since the 2000 season.

“I am really proud of what we were able to accomplish together over the past nine years both on and off the tennis court,” Boehm said.

Players will not only remember Boehm for the on-court success, but also for her ability to coach and help her players grow. Senior Maddie Miller said she enjoyed playing under Boehm while at SVSU.

“She was a very supportive coach. She helped us grow as a team and as individuals, and she grew with us,” said Miller. “I have so many great and fun memories with her and feel lucky to have had her as my coach for the last three and a half years.”

Boehm said she is also thankful for the relationships she has built over the years.

“There were many people who played a positive and integral role in this journey, and I am so grateful to them,” Boehm said. “The young ladies in this program have been a true blessing in my life, and they are family to me.”

Tennis season continues for SVSU on Feb. 2 against Hillsdale College. This will be the first of eight matches the team plays without a head coach.

“It’s tough because of the timing,” Miller said. “It is hard to get a coach in between semesters and seasons, so we will not have a head coach for this spring season.”

Boehm will continue to be around the team as a fan going forward.

“As an SVSU tennis alum, I will continue to be a proud supporter of them and the program in the future,” she said.

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