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Local Teaching Pro to Lead Irmo Programs

February 4, 2015 09:52 AM

Jonathon Braden
USTA South Carolina

Irmo High School has a new tennis coach.


Becky Offenbacher, a local tennis teaching professional and former college coach, will lead the school’s girls and boys programs. Offenbacher succeeds longtime Irmo coaches Freddy Goodman and Suzanne Gray. Both retired.

“I'm honored to be chosen to lead the Yellow Jackets tennis teams,” Offenbacher said in a news release. “Freddy Goodman is a local tennis legend. His work with high school tennis players is an example for coaches of all sports to emulate. I'm humbled to follow in his footsteps and continue his tradition.”

Offenbacher brings more than 20 years of coaching experience to the Irmo programs, including stints at NCAA Division I Appalachian State University and the University of North Carolina at Asheville. In addition, she was a graduate assistant coach at Marshall University for one season. She also was a staff professional at Tennis Leadership Camp, a program for high school players, for eight years in Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

“Coach Offenbacher brings a wealth of tennis experience to the Irmo tennis program and will be an asset to Yellow Jackets athletics,” Irmo High School Athletic Director Reggie Kennedy said in a news release.

An Ohio native, Offenbacher played collegiate tennis at East Tennessee State University. She was named to the ETSU 1980s Team of the Decade. Offenbacher, who is PTR certified, has taught tennis throughout the Southeast. She currently is a staff professional at Rawls Creek Tennis and Swim Club on Lake Murray Boulevard.

“Irmo has an extremely strong tennis and academic history. We will continue to strive for that winning tradition on- and off-the-court as our student-athletes represent our school with pride and integrity,” Offenbacher said.

The Yellow Jackets boys team will play its first home match at 5:30 p.m., March 10.

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