Strings & Things
- Coach Kaye began playing tennis as an adult.
She quickly found that, in order to fully enjoy and excel at the game, tennis lessons were essential.
She studied for 10 years under USPTA Professional Harry Gullion and another 5 years under USPTA Professional Mike Reynolds.
She has been playing in the Effingham Women's Tennis League continuously for 30 years and on the League's singles ladder for about 20 years (since its inception).
She has also played on numerous traveling teams who have won district and state championships.
Coach Kaye has been coaching girls tennis at Teutopolis High School for 14 years with a record of 117 wins and 22 losses.
She also coached boys tennis at Effingham High School for 7 years with a record of 65-19.
In 2009 she began coaching the Teutopolis Boys Tennis team and finished the season with a record of 24-3.
Her combined record for all her teams is 207 wins and 48 losses.
In the Fall of 2004 she began stringing rackets for herself, team members, and others.
She has completed and passed the testing required by the United States Racquet Stringer's Association and become a Certified Stringer.
Coach K has strung over 500 rackets and keeps up-to-date on rackets, stringing, and technical tennis information.
- She began teaching tennis 16 years ago.
Since then she has attended many tennis workshops and clinics and taught over 150 players from ages 6 to 60 to learn and/or improve their tennis game.
She also hosts a tennis workshop for the Effingham Womens Tennis League and an annual five-week summer camp at Teutopolis for youth from 4th grade through high school.
- Coach Kaye's coaching philosophy:
- Tennis is a sport that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.
In order to keep the game fresh and enjoyable one must remember that, although winning is fun, it is not the ultimate goal.
Becoming and staying physically fit, enjoying the competition, and exhibiting good sportsmanship as well as a cooperative and supportive team attitude are the most important goals in tennis.
Certifications and Memberships:
- United States Racquet Stringers Association
- United States Professional Tennis Association - certified Instructor in 2002
- USTA/USPTA Developmental Coach
- United States High School Tennis Coaches Association
- Illinois High School Tennis Coaches Association
- USRSA Certified Stringer
- Kaye Kimpling
- 1001 N. Merchant Street
- Effingham, IL 62401