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Derby’s Kristen Regier – Coach Spotlight – Presented by Quick Lube

With over 15 years of tennis coaching experience, first-year head coach Kristen Regier is not your usual rookie. 

The tennis team immediately felt the impact of Regier as they were very successful on and off the courts this year. 

Regier’s approach is simple regarding her players, and that is building everything through trust. 

“My approach to coaching is relationship first,” Regier said. “If my players don’t know me or trust me, then it is very difficult to coach effectively. I am entrusted with high school kids; I care about them as people first. My style is to work alongside the player, identify their goals and aspirations, and build plans to aid in accomplishing those while also fitting those puzzle pieces together to put the best teams on the court.”

Thanks to the trust that Regier built up with players like seniors Emerson Godwin, Kyler Demel, Ayanna Wright, junior Isabella Nikolova and sophomore Ella Boline were able to play their best tennis at the right time late in the season.

“Emerson Godwin came in as a second-year player and shocked a whole lot of people, not just me,” Regier said. “She put in a lot of time in the offseason, and it showed. Emerson hadn’t played a varsity tournament prior to this year and qualified for state. She is a huge example to our next class of girls.” 

As Regier mentioned, Godwin, as well as her doubles partner Demel, qualified for state and weren’t the only group of upperclassmen to do so – Wright and Nikolov also qualified. 

“Watching our town doubles teams qualify for state was a special moment,” Regier said. “None of these girls had qualified in the past, and to see their pure joy and pride in their accomplishment was something I don’t want ever to forget. They worked so hard together, and honestly, I think were more excited for each other than even for themselves.”

With a successful first season in the books, Regier reflected and was very thankful to be in such a good situation. 

“I thoroughly enjoyed this first high school season,” Regier said. “I could not have asked for a better assistant coach in Kristin Kohr or a better group of girls, and I look forward to continuing the build with the boys season this spring and then in ‘24-‘25.”

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