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 also played on numerous traveling teams who have won district, sectional, and state championships and advanced to the Nationals.
Coach Kaye retired from coaching girls tennis at Teutopolis High School at the end of the 2018-19 season after 20 years.
She ended with a combined record of 351 wins and 72 losses (195 wins and 41 losses with THS girls, 65-19 with Effingham High School boys, and 156-31 THS boys).
She guided the girls to 5 sectional titles and the THS boys to 2 sectional wins.
In 2015 she received the Illinois High School Tennis Coaches Associations award for Region 5/6 Boy's Coach of the Year.
In 2018 she received the IHSTCA top honor of Class 1a Girls Tennis Coach of the Year.
In 2019 she also received the Mid-South Illinois District, USTA Coach of the Year Award.
Coach Kaye is still playing tennis for fun and competitively on several USTA teams.
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 3,000 rackets and keeps up-to-date on rackets, stringing, and technical tennis information.
- 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 Developmental Coach
- Illinois High School Tennis Coaches Association
- USRSA Certified Stringer
- Kaye Kimpling
- 15085 N. Haarmann Ave.
- Effingham, IL 62401