Columbus North coach Kendal Hammel has been named Indiana Coach of the Year in boys’ tennis for the 2018-19 school year by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
In the fall of 2018, Hammel guided the Bull Dog boys to a 14-4 season that included an appearance in the quarterfinal round of the IHSAA team State Finals. In addition, that season’s No. 1 doubles tandem of Adam Saad and Nathan Lin qualified for the IHSAA individual State Finals in doubles.
According to a letter from NFHS executive director Karissa Niehoff, honorees are selected based on their coaching performance in the 2018-19 season, lifetime community involvement, school involvement and philosophy of coaching. Hammel was nominated for the award by the Indiana High School Athletic Association as the most deserving recipient for this honor.
Hammel has been the Columbus North boys’ tennis coach since the 1995-96 school year. Including the 2019-20 fall season, when the Bull Dogs went 21-1, Hammel’s boys’ teams have won 412 dual matches while claiming five Conference Indiana championships, 22 sectional trophies, 11 regional titles and four semi-state crowns. They have competed four times in the IHSAA team State Finals, placing fourth in 2007, third in 2008, fifth in 2018 and third in 2019.
Hammel also has been the CNHS girls’ tennis coach since the 1996-97 school year. Through the 2018-19 spring season, Hammel’s girls’ teams have won 376 dual matches, one South Central Conference title, seven CI crowns, 21 sectional championships, 14 regional trophies and three semi-state title. They have competed three times in the IHSAA team State Finals, placing second in 2010, fifth in 2016 and fifth in 2019.
Entering the 2020 girls’ season, Hammel has a total of 788 dual-match victories with the Bull Dogs – 412 with the boys and 376 with the girls.
PHOTO: Coach Kendal Hammel (right) offers guidance to Atharva Kute (left) and Eamon Ma (seated) their No. 2 doubles match against Southport on Aug. 29, 2019.