BOULDER -- Come girls tennis season, Fairview graduate Sarah Templeton will find herself on the flip side of a cross-town rivalry.
The 25-year-old was named Boulder High's new girls tennis coach on Wednesday. Having been a player forever, Templeton will also flip around and view the game from a team coaching perspective.
"It's something I've wanted to do for a while but never had the opportunity," Templeton said. "The opportunity came to me and I went for it. It worked out."
The Panthers will be the first prep team Templeton has coached. But she's been coaching tennis at the individual level since she graduated UNC-Greensboro, where she played tennis.
Templeton, who graduated Fairview in 2005, was chosen out of five total applicants for the position. Her main reason for applying is for the opportunity to give back to the sport that gave her so much, and Templeton said she won't shy away from the Boulder-Fairview rivalry.
"I think it'll be a good, competitive rivalry," Templeton said. "I always looked forward to playing Boulder when I went to Fairview. It's kind of the same thing, just a different environment."
Boulder athletic director Melissa Warfield said Templeton has the ideal playing and instructing background to coach the Panthers.
"She came in and I think she did a nice job displaying her experience," Warfield said. "The fact that she played college tennis and understands the demands of that is an added benefit. She should be a good role model for our girls."
Templeton takes over for former Panthers coach Gale Howard, who resigned after last season. Howard will continue to coach the boys team.
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