"Look what the cat drug in!". I heard Mike say this to me every morning when I would show up for practice before school. Bagel in hand (and sometimes on his face) we would walk down to the courts and work on my game for hours. Without the dedication and belief of both Mike and Susan, I wouldn't have been able to accomplish everything I did throughout my tennis career.
Not only did Mike introduce me to the game that I love, he also gave me my first job when I was 14! I was the go to guy for filling all the water jugs, pulling weeds, taking the trash out, and killing the endless amount of wasp nests. If I wasn't on the court practicing you could probably find me hauling around a water jug or with a can of Raid in my hands. Mike did everything in his power to make sure I was at the tennis facility for as long as possible each day!
Coach played a huge role in my life and I'll forever be grateful for the amount of time and effort he put into making me the best tennis player, and man, that I could be. Mike leave's behind a legacy that was built on years of growing the tennis community into what it is today. He was a true ambassador of the game and we're all better off for having him in our lives. I'll miss his stories, his smile, and his witty sense of humor. He's probably already teaching someone how to hit a volley up there....
You'll be sorely missed but never forgotten, Coach.