Taking over for a legend, Tyler Beardmore faced the pressure of keeping afloat one of the most respected tennis programs in the area.
Hired to replace Jane Posch, Beardmore guided Parsons girls tennis to a runner-up finish in the SEK League and eighth place finish at state. In the spring, Beardmore took Parsons boys tennis to a third place finish in league and sixth at state.
Beardmore prevented Parsons from skipping a beat, earning him the Parsons Sun Girls Coach of the Year honor.
“I’m thankful that he took the head coaching position,” Posch said. “I’m really proud of him. He’s been with me since sixth grade. He listens and worked hard. He was wiling to do whatever it took to make sure we both worked together. He knew that I was counting on him to do that.”
Gracen Friess, who defended her SEK League and regional singles titles on the girls side, credits Beardmore for the entire team’s progression.
“Tyler was influential to the entire team,” Friess said. “He stepped up when the Parsons program needed him. He took a position he probably didn’t think he was ready for, even though we all knew he could do it. He cares so much about his players and the program.”
In addition to Friess, the doubles duo of Jaidyn Shultz and Lauren Farris medaled at state by placing seventh.
As for the boys tennis season in the spring, Beardmore guided Zach Spriggs to a league and regional singles title. Spriggs ended up taking third place at state.
“Tyler worked really hard with Gracen and Zach to get them to the top level,” Posch said. “He was working with them for four years. He’s a great guy to coach with because we both get along and do everything so well together.”
Beardmore will return for a second year of guiding Parsons tennis with Posch serving as his assistant.
“He was the perfect guy for it,” Friess said. “He works well with anybody. He’s flexible. So that made it a swift transition with him taking over as head coach.”