The Saints tennis program has been guided by a familiar face the past 14 years. Darin Workman led the Saints program the past 14 years which earned him a ticket into the JUCO Hall of Fame. Workman's 14th year was also his last as he stepped down to focus more on family and the music program at SCCC/ATS.
Enter Jerry Thor. A bright new face into the Seward County athletic family. The 25 year old Thor comes to Seward after assisting the tennis program at Moraine Valley. He has also coached tennis at Argo Community High School in south Chicago where Thor also graduated from high school.
Thor has been on the job since late June and is busy recruiting to fill a depleted roster. The men were 12th at nationals and the women were 23rd but he loses most of the team but next year's team will have a much different makeup. Justin Pena of South Africa and Donnerson Pena from Brazil return and figure to anchor the Seward lineup. Lee Fritzen of Montana is a state runner up joining the team. The women return Katiuska Adarmes of Venezuela and Leticia Monteiro of Brazil returning at the top of the Lady Saint lineup. Kurstie Zepeda from Keller, Texas returns after winning the consolation bracket at nationals. Plus with new NJCAA rules, Thor can only have two men and two women on the team from outside the United States.
Thor was also a standout player at Moraine Valley. While with the Cyclones he was a 1st Team All-Conference and Region IV selection in both his freshman and sophomore years, after collecting four Skyway Conference titles and four Region IV titles. As captain of the program in his second year with the Cyclones, Thor went undefeated to pave the way for the best season in school history while helping Moraine Valley to repeat as Skyway Conference and Region IV Champions. He twice competed at the NJCAA National Championships in Plano, TX, where Moraine Valley finished ranked among the top 20 in the nation.
Thor was a guest during the Monday Sportsguys. Click on the audio icon to hear his interview.