O’Fallon coach Erin Thoman was named the Illinois High School Tennis Coaches Association boys’ Coach of the Year for 2015.
The honor has been awarded by the IHSTCA annually since 197.
Thoman, an OTHS graduate, starred for the Panther girls team during her high school career and now coaches both the OTHS boys and girls tennis programs. Her selection as Coach of the Year by the state organization is the first time a coach from downstate has been selected since the award was bestowed on Mike Terry of Quincy High School in 2005.
Thoman is the first award-winner ever from the metro-east area.
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“We would like to congratulate your tennis coach, Erin Thoman, on her selection as the 2015 Boys Coach of the Year,” IHSTCA president Greg Cohen of Warren Township High School said in a release. “Erin has done a fantastic job and has continued a tradition of integrity and excellence for O’Fallon tennis.”
Thoman began her coaching career at OTHS as an assistant in both the boys’ and girls’ programs. Working with long-time O’Fallon High coach Ray Cordon, she took over the boys’ program after Cordon’s untimely death.
Besides guiding her high school players, she has established successful programs at the junior high level and conducts a yearly summer camp for O’Fallon’s youth.
“This is a great honor and well deserved,” O’Fallon High athletic director Todd Moeller said. “Coach Thoman does an exceptional job. OTHS is lucky to have her leading both our boys and girls programs. In her role as head coach, Erin prepares her athletes to compete, but more importantly she develops in them positive character attributes that will follow them for the rest of their lives.”