Hannah Summerson at all times simply assumed she’d assist out teaching tennis in some unspecified time in the future down the street along with her mom Theresa, the South Williamsport ladies tennis coach. In spite of everything, her mom coached her whereas she was a standout participant at South Williamsport.
However then a possibility offered itself. Summerson did need to get into teaching in some unspecified time in the future, however didn’t assume it’d occur only a yr faraway from school.
Summerson was named the ladies tennis coach at Montgomery, her first teaching gig after a outstanding profession taking part in for South Williamsport in highschool after which Lycoming School.
“Teaching for Montgomery was simply a possibility that got here up that I wasn’t in any respect anticipating, however I form of thought why not I suppose,” Summerson stated. “So right here we’re.”
Summerson will turn into one of many youngest coaches in District 4 at simply 22 years previous, however she hopes being just some years older than her gamers is one thing that helps her relate to them.
“I’m hoping that works to my benefit and I believe that it’s going to. Even ladies that I performed with in school only a yr or two in the past had been the identical age of the seniors on the group,” Summerson stated. “It’s going to be fascinating to seek out that advantageous line between being associates and being a coach. I believe it will likely be to my benefit that I’m nearer in age as a result of I can relate to them. I used to be simply competing in highschool 5 or 6 years in the past and school a yr or two in the past, so I do know what it’s like.
“I believe I’ll be capable of coach them with pondering of how I used to be pondering not that way back.”
The previous Mountie is greater than excited to get to work along with her group and assist this system take the following step. Montgomery’s had quite a few gifted tennis gamers over time and made runs in districts and Summerson is hoping she will help the group have much more success.
“For being a small faculty, they’ve plenty of ladies on their group. I believe 20 which are signed up already. For being that small, it actually impresses me they’ve that many. I do know they’ve plenty of athletic ladies which are concerned in different sports activities. So that they’re grinders, they’re arduous employees, they’re athletes,” Summerson stated. “I believe the final 4 years, they’ve made it to the quarters of districts. So my hope is to push them to the following degree and actually enhance in that means, and I believe we’ll be capable of and it’s thrilling for the ladies to have a brand new coach and somebody they’ll relate to. It wasn’t that way back that I used to be taking part in in highschool. Simply my vitality and relateableness to them will assist them.”
Summerson graduated in 2016 from South Williamsport and was a four-year standout with the Mounties. In singles competitors, she was a quarterfinalist in district competitors and in doubles, she reached the semifinals her senior yr. She additionally helped the Mounties attain the state match her senior season.
At Lycoming, Summerson put collectively a outstanding profession. She broke this system file for doubles wins on the ITA Regionals and set it at 44. For mixed wins, she holds the Lycoming file with 93 after breaking it on the MAC Particular person Championships.
“It means quite a bit to me (to have these information), however I believe I’ve to credit score the group. I couldn’t have performed it with out the help of my group and coaches and rising up right here and dwelling so shut, I had a lot help right here regionally, my household and other people I performed with and coaches who coached me even from a younger age,” Summerson stated. “That’s actually what I credit score it to. I don’t look again and really feel like ‘oh I’m the one who obtained all these information.’ I used to be simply excited to have the ability to play and have that success generally. It was quite a bit a enjoyable.”
Montgomery’s gamers will likely be getting an ideal coach who greater than is aware of the sport of tennis. And being only a yr faraway from taking part in her remaining season, Summerson has quite a bit to supply the gamers and program.
“I’m very enthusiastic about it. I don’t assume I might have anticipated it a month in the past. When the chance got here alongside, I believed ‘wait that is truly one thing I’ll actually take pleasure in doing.’ It’s nonetheless new so I haven’t even met the group or the ladies, so I’m actually excited for that and to get taking part in over the summer time and I’m hopeful that we’ll have a extremely good time.”