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Tennis Debuts as CIF Sport

September 5, 2017 by Elaine Rottman

The addition of  girls tennis to to the Providence CIF sports rotation has Athletic Director Steve Stokes all smiles these days. “Adding a new sport is exciting and shows that our athletic programs are growing with our school,” he says. “It is wonderful to have one more option for our students to compete in high school athletics and that fact highlights what our school and athletic programs are all about:  opportunity.”

Opportunity knocked and was answered when Stokes recruited coaches for the fledgling program. Stokes hired two experienced coaches: head coach Christina Klein and assistant coach Chris McBride, both with college tennis coaching backgrounds.

“In our coaching search, we focused on finding the right group of people to build a great tennis program here at Providence. We have found that dynamic group,” he says. “Our girls will get topnotch coaching. What a great way to start a brand-new program!”

“We hit a home run with Christina Klein as our head coach. She also currently coaches at Santa Barbara City College. The opportunity for a first-year program to be led by a current college head coach is incredible!”

Coach Klein comes from a competitive background of playing collegiate tennis at Westmont, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology in 2009. “As an athlete, and as a coach, I have always been fascinated with what tennis can do for you, both on and off the court,” she says. “I am excited to be part of the first-ever girls tennis team at Providence,” says Klein. “My mission is to help each and every student athlete reach their full potential and to learn how to rely on each other as a team.”

Chris McBride is another familiar face in the Santa Barbara tennis world. He is a United States Professional Tennis Registry teaching professional, currently serving as assistant men’s tennis coach at Santa Barbara City College. He is one of the top pros teaching for the City of Santa Barbara.

McBride grew up in Vancouver, Canada, where he was a ranked junior. Teaching, coaching, and learning has been a life-long passion. He holds an undergrad degree from UCSB and a master’s degree in education from Columbia University. Prior to coaching, he was an elementary school teacher in Los Angeles and New York.

Six girls have seized the opportunity to compete this year. “Our girls have played hard in practices and in their early matches this season and have shown so much growth in a short amount of time,” reports Stokes. “As we transition into a new league next year, girls tennis can really evolve into a strong program.”

To attend a tennis match, see the athletics calendar 

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Attend Providence Presents on September 26 to learn more about the world of competitive sports.