DHS girls’ tennis gains a new assistant coach


Ashlyn Hammel

New assistant coach Emily Parr poses for a picture with head coach Justin Hoffman on the De Soto High School tennis courts on Sept. 1.

Ashlyn Hammel, Staff Reporter

This year, the De Soto High School girls’ tennis team has 37 players.  As the team was in desperate need of a third coach due to the amount of players, head coach Justin Hoffman reached out to a former DHS player and student, Emily Parr. She agreed to help out the team this year.  Parr is a 2017 De Soto High School graduate and is now in her first year teaching at Starside Elementary School as a first grade teacher.

Parr’s main goal is to give the girls a good coaching experience, much like her own when she went to DHS. Parr played tennis all four years of  high school. Parr had been hoping that a tennis coach position would come up in her area and when Hoffman told her about the position she took it immediately.

“… [Coach] Hoffman called me up and said he’s adding a third coach, I didn’t have to think about it for a second,” Parr said.

Parr’s favorite part about coaching is seeing other people enjoy the sport as much as she does.

“I love it [tennis], and I’m excited to see people enjoy it like I do,” Parr said.

Parr’s main goal for coaching this year is to gain everyone’s trust by giving them the attention they need to be successful.

“[My goal is to] give them feedback, but also have positivity with it, but read what the students need from me. If they need more critique in a direct way I would give them that, but if they are more passive like me, then I would be a lot more delicate with my feedback,” Parr said.