The Laguna Beach High girls' tennis program will have a new leader in 2011 with the arrival of Don Davis as head coach.
Davis is a tennis instructor at the Nellie Gail Tennis Club in Laguna Hills, where he has taught since 1994. He will coach a high school team for the first time this fall.
Davis, who takes over the program from Alec Horton, will get a first look at the program Monday, the first day of practice where he will determine the varsity and junior varsity rosters.
"I think the most significant challenge, which simultaneously is the most important aspect of being a coach, is getting to know the girls, not on a team level, rather as individuals and build some type of rapport," he said. "Each girl is on the team for various. Therefore, how you work with them, or 'push them' may be different."
Davis said that several returning players from last year's Orange Coast League championship squad have "indicated" that they will be back this season.