Area Tennis Coaches Take Jobs At BVU

Tue 8-4-2015 []

Women's Position


Spirit Lake Okoboji Girls Tennis Coach Bob O'Hara has accepted the position of women's tennis coach at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake.  O'Hara brings 30 years of coaching to BV when he begins his duties in the fall.


BV Challenge    Buena Vista Challenge


For the last 16 years, he has been the head girls tennis coach at Spirit Lake Okoboji High School where he compiled a career record of 201-28.  Prior to that, he served as an assistant coach at Spencer High School from 1985-1999.  He will still continue to coach the Spirit Lake Okoboji girls tennis team in the spring.


Spirit Lake Coach   Spirit Lake Coach


During his career at SL-O, he has twice been named an all state coach (2013, 2014).  He has coached 54 first team all conference players, 44 state meet qualifiers and 29 state meet place winners.  BVU has a young team returning this fall and Bob knows it will be a process


BV Program   Buena Vista's Program


Buena Vista women's tennis will start September 1st against Luther in Storm Lake.


Bob O'Hara   Full Bob O'Hara Interview



Men's Position


Buena Vista Director of Athletics, Christyn Abaray, has announced the hiring of Brett Groen as the university's new part-time head men's tennis coach.

Groen has served as the head girls tennis coach at Spencer High School since 2006, and prior to that was the head boys tennis coach at Spirit Lake High School from 1996-2005.

In his career, he has coached three Lakes Conference team championships, including the 1999 Spirit Lake High School team that went on to take state runner-up accolades in Class 1A.  In addition, he has coached multiple individual state qualifiers at both schools, including three seasons in which he had both singles and doubles qualifiers.

Groen has spent time in recent years as a volunteer coach with both the Beaver tennis and volleyball programs.

Groen, a Spencer native, was a four-year tennis player himself at Northwestern College in Orange City (1990-93) where he received his bachelor of arts degree in Communications.  As a senior, he was the Nebraska-Iowa Athletic Conference number two singles tournament champion, while the Red Raiders finishes second as a team.