Head Coach: Mr. Ed Hippert
Assistant Coach: Mr. Gerry Hippert
Ed Hippert has been the head coach at St. John's for the past 10 years. He has spent his entire professional career as an educator (teacher, administrator, counselor) and as a coach at both the high school and college levels. Coach Hippert is a graduate of St. John's and Assumption College, where he was an All-American basketball player. He has been enshrined in five different halls of fame as a player and coach. He can be reached at (508) 885-9962 with questions about the program.
Gerry Hippert has been the assistant coach for 4 years. He, too, has been an educator (teacher and administrator) and a top basketball and football official for many years. Gerry also graduated from St. John's and Worcester State College and can be reached at (508) 892-4527.
There will be an informational meeting for all students interested in trying out for the tennis team on Thursday, March 17th at 2:30 in Room 201.
The season begins Monday, March 21st.
Tennis at St. John's over the past 30 years has been an exemplary program. Each year skilled players have provided the impetus to achieving outstanding seasons against some of the finest competition in the state. St. John's reaches out each season to play the best teams from Central Massachusetts and also the top teams from the western and eastern sections of the state.
St. John's has won four state championships and numerous district titles over the years. Also, the program has produced many individual singles and doubles champions both at the district and state levels.
Each spring, approximately 35 players try out for the 16 spots on the St. John's Tennis Team. After these days of workouts, the squad is selected based on ability, competitive spirit, and coachability. All four classes are represented in order to ensure a constancy over the years.
Practice sessions are held every afternoon from 2:45 to 5:00. Players are expected to be at practice on time each day unless they are participating in a help session or another academic endeavor. Weekend practices are limited to as-needed occasions.
The season consists of 20 varsity matches and at least 6 J.V. matches. Every member of the squad will participate in matches at one level or the other.
Young players have a wonderful opportunity to improve their games not only because of instructions and daily drills but also because of the constant competition with other excellent players. Challenge matches are often held to determine spots on the team ladder.
During the summer of 2010, construction began on a new tennis complex at St. John's. THe spring of 2011 will find the Pioneers playing on five new Deco-Turf courts located in a pristine setting just behind the old courts. Many excellent touches were added to allow our players the best opportunity to demonstrate their skills and enjoy tennis to the fullest extent.
Many of the St. John's tennis alums have gone on to matriculate and play tennis at some of the finest schools in the United States. Over the past 10 years, here is a list of some of our tennis players and the schools they attended:
Tapan Mehta - Bowdoin College
Nick Ganiar - Boston University
Josh Rilla - Amherst College
Scott Peters - University of Maryland
Craig Helstowski - Lafayette College
Sebastian Paquette - Assumption College
Tom Dolan - Trinity College
Greg Avola - Bentley College
Ben Casey - Lafayette College
Rob O'Rourke - Georgetown University
Darren Helstowski - Providence College
Mike Dolan - Bentley College
Ted Swinderski - Fairfield University
Sameer Taneja - University of Chicago
Mike Burke - Boston University
Phil Murphy - Holy Cross
Mayur Kasetty - Brandeis University
Dan Johnson - Boston College
Dan Rider - College of Charlston
Mike Breen - Marquette University
Chris Bannon - WPI
Jack O'Day - University of Vermont