New signs honoring retired tennis coach, Gordie Kotinek, were recently donated for the Beaver Dam High School tennis courts. The courts will be labeled as Kotinek 1, Kotinek 2, Kotinek 3, and Kotinek 4. The signs were donated by Hans Berger who played with Coach Kotinek on the senior circuit.
Coach Kotinek coached tennis at Beaver Dam High School for more than 25 years, coaching numerous conference championship teams and many players who were sectional and state qualifiers. He began the Beaver Dam City Tennis Program in 1957 and was the assistant director for the world-renowned Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy. Coach Kotinek was inducted to the Beaver Dam High School Sports Hall-of-Fame inaugural class of 2005 and into the University of Wisconsin Tennis Coaches Hall-of-Fame class of 1983. He also published a book Tennis: The Game, which is a resource for those playing or coaching at all levels.
Photo Submitted: Pictured Front Row (L-R) Steve Vessey, Superintendent, Coach Gordie Kotinek, Melissa Gehring, Athletics & Activities Director. Back Row (L-R) Greg Steil, Hans Berger, Greg Hein.