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Kolz named Green Bay Notre Dame boys tennis coach

Green Bay Press-Gazette logo Green Bay Press-Gazette 1/17/2020 Scott Venci, Green Bay Press-Gazette
a man wearing a blue shirt and smiling at the camera: Green Bay Notre Dame has hired Aaron Kolz as its new boys tennis coach. © Courtesy Green Bay Notre Dame Green Bay Notre Dame has hired Aaron Kolz as its new boys tennis coach.

GREEN BAY – The Green Bay Notre Dame boys tennis team will defend its state championship with a new leader this season.  

The school named Aaron Kolz as the program’s coach Friday. He replaces Steve Burns, who stepped down last summer to take the Ripon College opening.

This is Kolz’s first varsity job.

“It’s exciting to be working with a successful team such as Notre Dame,” Kolz said in a statement released by the school. “It’s something that I’ve wanted, so having this opportunity is a blessing in a sense.”

Kolz, 29, comes to Notre Dame with 15 years of coaching experience, although he’s been around the sport his entire life. His father, Mike, is the longtime coach at Milwaukee Pius XI.

Kolz started playing tennis when he was 6 and was just 14 when he started coaching at the recreation level. He currently serves as the tennis professional at Green Bay Tennis Center.

He earned a degree in professional tennis management at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, and Tyler Junior College in Texas.

Kolz, who has coached tennis at various levels in Texas and Florida, takes over a Notre Dame squad that has been one of the most successful in the area.

The Tritons won the WIAA Division 2 state title in June with a commanding 6-1 win over Brookfield Academy in the championship match at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.

Several players from the title win are expected back. The team had only three seniors in 2019, and all four singles players were either sophomores or juniors.

Notre Dame has qualified for the state tournament nine times since 2005, including seven straight trips from 2010 to 2016. It has captured two state titles and been runner-up four times.

“I am really excited for what Aaron brings to our tennis program,” Notre Dame athletic director Matt Koenig said. “His knowledge of the game, his attention to detail and, most importantly, his interest in building on the tradition of NDA tennis.

“He has the experience of teaching players of all ages and talent levels, which will give all of our athletes the opportunity to grow in their game.”

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