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Ayers returns to LHS Lady Wolves tennis coach

After a four-year hiatus from coaching, Phil Ayers will be back this fall as women’s tennis coach at Lincolnton High School.
Ayers announced Friday that he has accepted the position, which was made vacant by the retirement of Chris Hoffman.
Ayers, a West Lincoln High School and Western Carolina University alumnus, last coached at Lincolnton in 2000, when he led the Lady Wolves to a conference title and was named conference coach of the year.
Ayers has seven years of coaching experience, having logged five seasons as a tennis coach at West Lincoln and two at Lincolnton.
At West Lincoln, Ayers led the Lady Rebels to the school’s first dual-team state playoff appearance in 1998. He earned a conference coach of the year honor that year as well.
He is currently on the faculty at Battleground Elementary as a physical education teacher.
“After a four-year layoff, I look forward to stepping back on the courts again,” Ayers said in a press release.
“The timing seems to be right with a new conference alignment starting this year along with a young group of girls to prepare for competition.
“On the downside, I’ve lost a lot of scouting knowledge due to the layoff. So, we’ll simply have to focus on assessing our team and preparing the best we can,” Ayers said.
The new coach announced that pre-season practice will open Aug. 1 at 3 p.m. Players must have completed physicals in order to work out.
Prospective players may contact Ayers at 704-530-3292.

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