Tim Mang

Community Spotlight — Tim Mang

Tim Mang has always believed there is a huge value in playing high school tennis, even for the really great prep-aged juniors living in Southern California.

For the past 20 years, Mang has worked tirelessly trying to get the same recognition for tennis players as high school baseball, football and basketball players get at the state and national level.

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l to r: Tim Mang, Parker Collins and Taylor Dent back in 1999.

“There is no state championship for tennis, and there is no individual championship either,” said Mang, who coached Corona del Mar High for 16 years and in 1982 was named the California High School Tennis Coach of the Year. “We wanted to change that and give the kids who play high school tennis a chance to earn All-American status.”

So Mang created the National High School Tennis All-American Foundation (NHSTAAF), a non-profit corporation formed to promote high school boys and girls tennis and to recognize the most outstanding high school players and teams throughout the United States.

According to the mission and purpose that can be viewed tennisallamerican.org: “The mission of the NHSTAAF is two-fold. First, the NHSTAAF wants to reward personal achievement by honoring the best high school boys and girls players in America in a meaningful way. Second, the NHSTAAF hopes to encourage the development of high-caliber high school tennis players and participation on high school teams by hosting and promoting national invitational team tennis tournaments each year – boys in the spring, and girls in the fall.”

Back in March, Torrey Pines High won the 16th annual National Invitational Boys title played at the Palisades Tennis Club in Newport Beach by beating Menlo Park, 7-2, in the final. Los Alamitos High beat Bellarmine Prep 5-3 in the third-fourth match. Iolani School in Honolulu won the Stan Smith Sportsmanship Award.

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“We bring the top eight teams from Southern California and eight teams from the rest of the U.S. and had even had teams from Australia and Canada,” Mang said.

Teams that have already been accepted to play in the 2016 event include: Collegiate School (New York, N.Y.), Corona del Mar (Newport Beach), Gilman School (Baltimore), Greenhill School (Addison, Texas), Horace Mann School (Riverdale, N.Y.), Peninsula High (Rolling Hills Estates), Potomac School (McLean, Va.), San Marino and University High (Irvine).

Mang said besides the team invitational, top individual players from Southern California are also honored. This year’s banquet will take place for the award recipients and parents and coaches on June 1 at the Palisades Tennis Club.

This year’s winners with high school and college or year in school include: Reese Stalder (Newport Harbor, Texas Christian University); Daniel Gealer (San Marino, UCLA); Michael Genender (Harvard Westlake, Stanford); Bjorn Hoffman (Corona del Mar, UC Berkeley); Brandon Holt (Palos Verdes, junior); Connor Hance (Peninsula, sophomore); Riley Smith (Los Alamitos, USC); Ryan Peus (Peninsula, sophomore); Katie Ta (Capistrano Valley, Brown); Ena Shibahara, Peninsula; junior); Summer Dvorak (Laguna Beach, Vanderbilt); Kenadi Hance (Peninsula,Washington).

Mang was seen at the recent Ojai Tennis Tournament seeking out each of the top SoCal players listed above and handing them and their coach a special invitation to the dinner.

Mang has been attending The Ojai since 1959 when he played there for Newport Harbor and its first-year coach legendary Glenn Bassett.

“He was an amazing coach even back then and of course went on to great things at UCLA,” said Mang of his mentor Bassett.

Mang spent 10 years on the CIF tennis advisory committee and has also chaired both the individual and team championships.

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