McFarland boys tennis coach Tod Lacey was named Division 2 state coach of the year by the Wisconsin High School Tennis Coaches Association, according to an announcement from the WHSTCA released Wednesday.
Lacey led McFarland to the WIAA Division 2 state team tournament semifinals, where the Spartans fell to eventual state runner-up University School of Milwaukee. McFarland reached team state for the first time in 16 seasons and the second time overall.
McFarland was the Rock Valley Conference winner. McFarland finished the regular season with a 12-0 record. Its singles players had a 67-4 record, with 18-0 records at both No. 2 and No. 4 singles, according to the release.
Lacey also helped his top two singles players (Ben Ruggles and Carter Johnson) and top doubles team (Simon Dingle and Logan Snelling) qualify for the WIAA individual state tournament.
Madison Edgewood coach Lori Lukens, who guided the Crusaders to the Division 2 state title, was among the state coaches also considered for the Division 2 honor.
Slinger coach Steve Anderson was named the Division 1 coach of the year. Anderson was cited for his “class, integrity, sportsmanship, passion” and for how well he promoted the sport of tennis.
Verona’s Rick Engen was among the state coaches also considered for the Division 1 honor. Verona won the Big Eight Conference dual and tournament titles and reached the Division 1 semifinals at team state.