By Matt Hill
Over the last few years, the Elizabethton High School Tennis team has continued its success built by players in the 90s and early 2000’s like Brandon and Amanda Pike, Sara Wallingford, Heather Jones, Curtis and Chris Brumit, David Reece and Ricky Jones.
Later on, we were able to witness the Jessica Brumit era, who is now playing for ETSU.
I think the biggest reason for the Cyclones’ boys success the last five years has been due to one of those young men mentioned above.
Curtis Brumit was a standout player, but has been an even better coach.
Brumit is not employed by the school system, and he works a full-time job in the financial world, but he still finds time to volunteer his services to the kids in Elizabethton and teach them the game of tennis.
Brumit has worked some at the Johnson City Country Club, but he is really not a country club professional. Instead, he teaches the Cyclone players how to play and then makes them into respectable players.
He and Amanda Pike are both coaching and along with John Kruschak, another former Cyclone player and then with head coach Kenny Hardin who is about the best strategizer you could ask for in a coach, the EHS coaching staff might be the best in the area.
It’s Brumit who has been there the longest and he has been so dedicated. A lot of the Cyclone players are still a little raw, but they’re are winning because Brumit and the rest of the coaching staff have taught them how to play.
Elizabethton High School gets a bad rap sometimes for having so-called country club kids, but in all honesty the kids on the tennis team for the most part are just middle class kids whose families are doing the best the can.
Brumit has helped show the kids how to play and what to do.
Many times I’ve seen Brumit say something to the players when they were in trouble on the court, and a lot of the times the matches turned around.
Brumit is also supportive of other kids from other schools, such as Johnson County’s Carlton Tugman.
Brumit’s future is probably in the business world, but tennis will always be important to him and as long as he is in Elizabethton, I’m sure he will be introducing Cyclones galore to this wonderful game.
Tennis in Elizabethton will always thrive as long as Brumit has a tennis racquet in his hands.
Matt Hill is the tennis and golf columnist for the Elizabethton Star. You can reach him at mountainsportswriter@yahoo. com