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Penn College Names New Tennis Coach

Aimee PlastowAs a former player and longtime instructor, Aimee Plastow has just about done it all in the tennis world. Now, she is ready to take on a new challenge as head coach of the coed team at Pennsylvania College of Technology. “I’m really excited. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, to coach at the collegiate level,” Plastow said. “It’s an interesting format with the coed team. I think it’s a very unique concept and I’m really looking forward to working with both the men and the women.” Plastow is a former nationally ranked junior player from Northeastern Ohio. She played four years of varsity tennis on the boys’ team at John F. Kennedy High School in Warren, where she teamed with her younger brother to win a state high school doubles championship in 1976. She earned a scholarship and was a four-year varsity player at Northwestern University, where she played at Nos. 1 and 2 in singles and No. 1 doubles. During that time, she captured a Big Ten championship at No. 2 singles and at No. 1 doubles. After college, she competed on the Women’s Professional Tour before being sidelined by injuries. A certified United States Tennis Association teaching professional with special credits in Teaching the Modern Game and Tennis Programming, Plastow has taught at several private clubs. She is the boys’ coach at St. John Neumann Regional High School and is the director of the Eagles Mere Tennis Center. She and her husband, Dr. Jerome Plastow, live in Dushore. They are the parents of three children. “I love the game. It’s been a big part of my life. And I love working with young people. I think it is such a fantastic sport, not only for the health of young people, but just a lot of lessons that we can learn from playing the sport,” Plastow said. “A sport like tennis, you can play your whole life, and it has not only the individual aspect, but with doubles you have the team aspect.” “I’m looking forward to meeting the returning players, and hopefully getting more interest with new freshmen who might be coming in,” she continued. “We had a great coach in Davis Santucci, who took our team to the next level, but now we have an opportunity to hire Aimee Plastow and with her background and experience she’s only going to improve the team for next year and continue the upward spiral that tennis has seen the last two years,” commented Mike Stanzione, college director of athletics. (Complete rosters and season schedules are available on the college’s Athletics Web site .)

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