Longtime Sheboygan Falls coach to lead Lakeland women's tennis program
Athletics - posted on 8/17/2007
Leigh Cherveny has always made time for tennis, as a player, an organizer and a high school coach. Now you can add college tennis coach to his lengthy resume.
Cherveny, the longtime head boy's tennis coach at Sheboygan Falls High School, has been named head women's tennis coach at Lakeland College.
So before he begins his 23rd season with the Falcons next spring, Cherveny, a veteran tennis player who's enjoyed much success, will guide the Muskies this fall.
Cherveny retired in June as vice president of human resources at Aero-Metric Inc., one of the nation's leading aerial photography, surveying and photogrammetric mapping firms. That left some time in his schedule, and naturally he wanted to fill it with more tennis.
"I've always had an interest in education and coaching and right now it's about giving back," said Cherveny, whose boy's teams at Falls are 218-79 in dual meets with three trips to the state meet, including one second- and two third-place finishes. "I enjoy watching people improve, and tennis is a passion for me."
Falls has won seven conference titles during Cherveny's tenure, he has had over 30 players go on to play college tennis and several have made tennis a profession as instructors. Cherveny was certified as a member of the U.S. Professional Tennis Association six years ago.
He has been an accomplished tennis player for more than 25 years, competing in many local leagues and tournaments. He was ranked No. 2 in Wisconsin for the men's 55-60 singles age group and he qualified for three national tournaments sponsored by the U.S. Senior Olympics.
He also operates his own business which sells and strings tennis racquets, and is the tennis coordinator for Falls' Community Recreation Department.
"We are thrilled to find someone with as much knowledge for the game on and off the court to lead our women's tennis team," said Lakeland athletic director Jane Bouche. "Leigh has been active in so many things in the Falls community. Combine that with his strong ties to the game and he's going to be a tremendous leader for our women's tennis players."
A former college football player and competitive runner, Cherveny started playing tennis as a youth growing up in Sheboygan Falls. That lifelong love affair continued when he started playing with his wife, Sandy. She is entering her 24th season as girls' tennis coach at Falls High this fall.
"Football and running marathons and do triathlons all came together, and tennis was the best of all those," Cherveny said. "There is the technical aspect to the physical fitness to mentally deal with competition and overcome adversity on your own."
An active member of the Falls community, Cherveny earned a bachelor's degree in history with a minor in economics and biology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1971.
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