Atlantic City boys and girls tennis coach Jack Sorensen recently made a decision to step down from the girls team.
But that doesn't mean he'll leave the program completely.
Sorensen said in a phone interview Thursday that he plans to be a voluntary assistant coach and continue to train with the girls next fall.
"It's been 15 years and it's been a great run," he said. "I had a lot of fun, I had a lot of great teams and coached a lot of great kids."
Sorensen also had a lot of success. Atlantic City athletic director Frank Campo said Sorensen had 171 wins in 15 seasons with the girls program. He led the Vikings to the Cape-Atlantic League American Conference title in 2000, 2004 and 2006. He was named Press Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2009.
His biggest accomplishment was winning the South Jersey Group IV title 3-2 over Mainland Regional in 2009, the first time in school history, according to Campo.
Chloe Trave, a 2010 Atlantic City graduate and second singles player on the S.J. Group IV title team, said Sorensen was one of the best coaches she's ever had. Trave now plays for La Salle University in Philadelphia.
"He definitely left a high standard for the next person who comes in" the 20-year old Margate resident said last week. "They'll have big shoes to fill. He's coached so many of us and a lot of us have gone on to play in college. So the next coach definitely has a challenge to keep up with him."
As a freshman at La Salle, Trave played with Pearl Wilkins, a 2008 Atlantic City graduate. When Atlantic City won the S.J. Group IV title, Trave played behind former first-singles player Bushra Memon, who later played for Rutgers-Newark her freshman year.
"I'm proud of all my teams. Even the last two years, especially this year's team (which went 0-16)," Sorensen said. "They didn't win a match, but they never quit and got better by the end of the season. And that's what coaching is all about."
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