All-Area Girls' Tennis Coach of Year: Danville's Mark Bacys
Why he’s Coach of the Year: Guided Vikings to fourth consecutive Big 12 conference title and third successive sectional championship, qualifying all six players for state. Won the IHSA team sportsmanship award at state and received an IHSA academic award for having a team grade-point average of over 3.5.
Season highlights: “The best moment of the season was the Friday night of the conference tournament when we won all three doubles titles. We were favored to win only one or two. The team really came together in an amazing way and sent a shock into Normal Community. It was one of the best displays of team unity I have witnessed with these girls the last three years,” Bacys said.
A few of my favorites: Steak ... last text to Aimee, my fiancee ... First job was as a newspaper delivery boy ... Role models, my mom and dad ... Buick Enclave ... Favorite restaurants, Tao, Aurelious Pizza and Possum Trot ... Favorite athletes, Roger Federer, Arthur Ashe, Walter Payton and Cliff Floyd ... Favorite TV shows, “CBS Sunday Morning,” “Real Time with Bill Maher” ... Favorite book, “The Hero’s Journey,” by Joseph Campbell ... If I weren’t teaching and coaching, I see myself as an architect ... Three things on my bucket list, visit Machu Picchu, visit Galapagos Islands and go to Africa.
About Coach Bacys: “Mr. Bacys has been really special for me and the team the past few years. He’s come to know us all really well and has been there for us, and not just in tennis. Our team is a family and he once old us, ‘if my daughter can turn out to be like any of you girls, I’ll be happy.’ Mr. Bacys motivates me by telling me my abilities and what I can accomplish, even when I don’t believe it myself. His biggest impact was in my championship match at sectionals. He talked me through each changeover and really gave me great advice and confidence. Our team would not be the same without him.” — Taylor Ellis, DHS junior