Longtime King girls tennis coach Becky Gagnon has been at the job for some 29 years and along the way she has garnered numerous honors and awards. As the 2019 season has moved forward, three milestones have been set by Coach Gagnon and her team that are a tribute to King’s rich tennis history and the longevity of a coach who has been devoted to her craft and her student-athletes.
On Aug. 29, 2019, in the Lady Wolves victory over Great Oak High School, Coach Gagnon, who spent 8 years coaching and teaching at Arlington High, notched her 500th career victory. On September 7th in the First Serve Tournament in Orange County, King bested Esperanza High in the semi-finals to give their coach her and the programs 400th victory at King High School.
Finally, this past Monday against Norco, King Girls Tennis earned the 200th league victory in the history of the school. Their league record over these 21 years?—200 wins and 3 losses-THAT is not a misprint-200-3!!! As of this writing, Coach Gagnon stands at a career 510 wins and 114 losses. That’s a winning clip of 82%.
Though all that winning has been nice, Coach Gagnon will tell you that the wins aren’t nearly as important as the PEAK principles she has been able to instill in her student athletes over the years.
“Becky will tell you that all that success is because of her great student-athletes and her assistant coaches and up to a point, she’s right,” said her friend and coaching colleague of 31 years, King track coach John Corona.
“However, she has a great ability to build an atmosphere and culture around her teams of accountability; of tolerance; of caring; of giving it all you have in the classroom and out; of sportsmanship and respect for the game. All of that is at the core of what her program has been able to accomplish. In all my years, I’ve not known many coaches that could do what she has done and she has done it the right way.”