With a girls tennis team rapidly becoming established, it seemed like a natural fit for burgeoning Peak to Peak High School to add a boys squad.
Consider it done.
The Pumas will have a boys tennis team in the fall, and the first head coach is a natural fit himself. It’s Billy Downs, the girls coach, who was instrumental in convincing athletic director Peter Chandler to add a boys team.
“We’ve had some good interest from our community, and with the girls program, we already have about 35 kids,” Chandler said. “It’s a good program to add for the boys.”
The school recently subtracted a boys athletic program when ice hockey was scrapped after the 2010-11 season, so there was plenty of room for the Pumas to add another boys sport. Peak to Peak is not in danger of facing any Title IX infringements. In fact, even with the addition of the boys tennis team, the Pumas have one fewer boys athletic program than girls.
The key, Chandler said, was gauging the interest of potential boys tennis athletes to ensure that adding the program would be beneficial. Chandler estimates at least 20 athletes will join the squad in the fall.
“Billy’s been after me to get a boys team going because he thought there would be interest,” Chandler said. “The administration was looking for a quota of kids before we added such a sport, so we polled kids and we had 22 actually step forward, which convinced us we want to do this.”
While Peak to Peak’s rapidly growing campus doesn’t yet have tennis courts, the Pumas will call Louisville-based Garfield Courts home.
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