The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) named Jesuit High School’s Kirsten Ruchaber the National Girls Tennis Coach of the Year. She was also recently named the Professional Tennis Registry’s High School Coach of the Year.
Ruchaber has an incredible 317-12 record in her 22 years as women’s tennis coach at Jesuit High School. She has led her teams to nine state championships, including five in a row from 2005 to 2009. Last fall, her 2007 team was inducted into the Jesuit Hall of Fame and continues to hold the state record for points scored at a state championship.
Ruchaber is a six-time Metro League Coach of the Year and five-time Oregon Athletic Coaches Association Coach of the Year. In addition to state titles, Ruchaber has coached teams to 17 Metro League titles.
“We are proud of Kirsten Ruchaber for her wonderful dedication to our young women at Jesuit,” said Jesuit High School Athletic Director Mike Hughes. “She is not only an excellent technical coach regarding technique and tactics, but beyond the skills and drills, Coach Ruchaber guides, inspires and shapes our athletes to be people of character, commitment, competence and compassion.”