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Friday, July 28, 2017

Conrad takes over LHS tennis team

Thursday, July 13, 2017 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Former Liberty High School tennis player and current Hurricane assistant tennis coach Chris Conrad will take over for Leo Schnalzer as head girls’ tennis coach at Liberty, while Schnalzer will remain as head coach for the boys’ team.

“I’m going to keep kind of the same structure, and Leo will help when he can,” Conrad said.

“We have a good dynamic. I think I have more of a critical edge and a technical range, and he has more of a positive edge and an emotional range, and I think it’s a good balance. Leo has offered as much assistance as I need through the transition, and it’s nice to have his guidance as well.”

Conrad plans to bring in former Moravian College tennis coach Dawn Ketterman-Benner to assist as well.

“She’s a tremendous help, and she’s like a mother to a lot of the girls,” said Conrad.

Summer has been kind to Conrad; the incoming head coach is currently looking at the possibility of 38 girls on the Hurricane tennis roster.

“I’m hoping to get kids out there and involved,” he said.

Conrad was a Lehigh Valley All-Conference tennis player at Liberty, where he played four years. He also played tennis at Gettysburg College for two years.

As a senior at Gettysburg, Conrad coached the girls’ and boys’ JV teams at Gettysburg High School. While teaching at Alleghany High School in Virginia, Conrad helped coach the boys’ tennis team to the state quarterfinals.

Conrad is currently the assistant men’s and women’s tennis coach at Moravian College, and he is the director of tennis at Sand Island. Conrad is also a social studies teacher at Liberty.

“I’m looking forward to building the team. We’ll be a young team, but I’ve been working with a lot of them. I’m fortunate to be at Sand Island. We’ll have the youth, but we’ll have the athleticism,” Conrad said.