Ross tennis coach receives award from OHSAA

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ROSS TWP. — Ross High School tennis coach Gerri Bolin received the Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award from the Ohio High School Athletic Association. 

After working in South Carolina and in several districts in southwest Ohio, she has been teaching in the Ross Local School District since 2007. 

Bolin has coached the Ross girls team since 2016 and the coed team since 2018, and she has accrued 107 total wins to date. 

The girls team has won five conference championships — 2016, 2018, 2020, 2021 and 2022 — during her time at the helm. Bolin has been named the Southwest Ohio Conference’s Coach of the Year five times and was twice named the Girls Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association’s Distinguished Coach of the Year.

“Coach Bolin and her staff are exemplary models of what it means to be highly effective interscholastic coaches,” Ross athletic director Justin Beck said. “They are tremendous teachers of the sport of tennis and even better people. The Ross Athletic Department is incredibly fortunate to have Coach Bolin and her staff leading the young people involved in the Ross Tennis programs.”

After graduating from Mount St. Joseph University in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, Bolin completed her master’s degree in education leadership at Clemson in 1996. 

Bolin is a member of three athletic halls of fame — Brown County, Western Brown High School and Mount St. Joseph. Bolin serves on the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association board. 

Student-athlete participation in the tennis program has doubled at Ross during her tenure as coach, according to a statement from the Ross athletic department. 

Gerri and her husband Rob have been married for 31 years. Their son Justin was a three-time conference Player of the Year at Ross. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and currently attends Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. 

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