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Monday, October 14, 2019

Welcoming the New Tennis Assistant Coach

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Coach John

The girls’ tennis team has a new assistant coach for the 2016-2017 season.  John Daquioag, who likes to be called Coach John, also coaches the boys’ tennis team and is a welcome addition to the girls’.

Coach John is “relaxed and great with one-on-one assistance,” said Freshman Grace Wang.

Many of the players felt that Coach John and Coach Schuller work very well together. “They are both relaxed but very focussed on making us better,” said Senior Ariana Berta.

With experience and a good work ethic, Coach John brings many talents to the team. He’s been the varsity boys’ tennis coach since 2005 and truly loves his players. “There are some memorable players that played on the Bearcat Tennis Courts, but it always seems that the best ones are the current players,” he said.

As a trainer, John aims to be more than just an easy coach. “The easy coach says, ‘get the ball in’ rather than ‘shrink the court to give you a better chance of getting the ball in,’” he explained. “The hard coach must find a way to bring out the best by positively motivating athletes rather than just saying they are doing it wrong.”

The decision to hire an assistant coach was made by Coach Schuller after realizing he may not be present as much as he would like during this season. “John has been the boys’ coach for over ten years and will be a great addition,” he added.  

The players all seem pretty satisfied with the decision. The coaches  are both very knowledgable about the sport and are very excited for this season.

Coach John can also be seen patrolling the campus in Olaiha’s cart and helping just about anyone who needs it. He has been a coach in San Mateo for eleven years and has been working here on campus for four years. He previously worked at the district’s Therapeutic Day School program at Peninsula High School for 13 years. “I went from working with 18 students to over 1,700,” he said.

Coach John has excelled in his role as assistant coach and is optimistic for the upcoming season. His first year coaching the Girls’ tennis team is going well as each individual player improves their game. The team is undefeated as of September 16, and as many on the team feel, the ball is in our court.

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