Central High School Tennis Coach Inducted into the Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame
Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) is proud to announce that former Traverse City Central High School tennis coach, Larry Nykerk, will be inducted into the Michigan High School Coaches Association (MHSCA) Hall of Fame.
Nykerk retired from coaching high school tennis in 2017 after 50 years of service. He was only the 3rd girls’ tennis coach to serve at Central High School since the inception of the program in the mid-70’s. Nykerk earned more than 1,000 career victories (Boys: 542, Girls: 508, Total Wins: 1,050), more than any other tennis coach in Michigan, and 40 Regional Championships. In addition, he has been named Regional Coach of the Year 28 times, State Coach of the Year three times (1984, 1997, 2007), and his teams have consistently qualified for state finals (Boys’ Team 38 years, Girls’ Team 35 consecutive times). There have been 65 players with a 100 wins or more, 13 TC Central players have been named individual state champions, and 42 TC Central players have gone on to play college tennis.
Off of the court, Nykerk has helped fundraise hundreds of thousands of dollars to support the construction of new tennis courts, a pavilion, completion of resurfacing projects, and other facility upgrades. Nykerk also founded a youth summer camp in 1976 that will celebrate its 42nd year of providing high quality tennis instruction to area youth.
The 60th Annual Hall of Fame Induction banquet will take place on September 16, 2018, in the Terrace Room of the Bovee University Center on the campus of Central Michigan University.