HEAD COACH: DAN LINLEY
If winning begets winning, then this year's crop of IHS tennis players is in for the season of their lives thanks to head coach Dan Linley and his impressive record of success. Coach Linley began playing the game at a very young age, and as his passion for the sport grew, so too did his list of achievements. Dan was a varsity standout in high school, twice earning the MVP distinction (first in singles and then in doubles), and as a senior was named team captain. Although an untimely injury sidelined Dan in college, coaching gave him a way to stay connected with the sport.
Since then Dan Linley has amassed decades of coaching experience, including over 16 years at the Bay Club (formerly Golden Gateway Tennis and Swim Club) and 5+ years at International. Coach Linley relishes the opportunity to build a team from the ground up. One of his favorite coaching memories comes courtesy of 2012's graduating class, a group of young women whom Dan helped transform from tentative freshmen to tenacious leaders and champions. Dan insists there's nothing particularly mysterious about his success; like many great high school coaches, he encourages students to believe that with hard work, perseverance, and above all else, team chemistry, they can achieve anything. Coach Linley also wants his players to understand that he is a "what you see is what you get" type of coach: brusque and assertive at times, but always respectful and honest.
When Dan isn't coaching, he enjoys reading, writing and kayaking.
ASSISTANT COACH: DARRYL JOHNSON
Regarding the next school year and athletic competition, we have been following the California Interscholastic Federation press release announcing new dates for sports seasons, and we are working with the North Coast Section and Bay Area Conference to introduce a plan for a complete sports offering for student-athletes WHEN THIS IS PERMITTED.
While we are still working out details, we know that we will not be starting a traditional fall season on August 10th, as originally planned. Our Athletic Department is working with coaches to hold regular, synchronized workouts and team meetings for our student-athletes when school begins in late August.
More information will be available in mid-August, and we encourage all students interested in participating in athletics to complete their required yearly physical. When we are able to compete again, that will be required. More information will be directly communicated from our Athletic Department, but in the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Director of High School Athletics, Sara Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org).