Kim Gradoville will head the new tennis program at College of St. Mary, and will end her tenure as the girls coach at Omaha Westside after this spring.
CSM will start competing the following spring. Gradoville will work on recruiting and other tasks in the coming months.
The Flames will compete on renovated courts adjacent to the soccer fields.
“I feel fortunate that I have been given the opportunity to take my knowledge and skills to the next level at CSM,” Gradoville said. “I am very excited to start their tennis program and be a part of a college with such a great academic and athletic reputation.”
Gradoville has led the Westside boys to a 108-23-1 record and the girls to a 109-4 career dual mark. The girls have won four state titles and finished runners-up five times under Gradoville.
She will remain at Westside as a teacher.
“I have been privileged to have been involved in the girls tennis program at Westside for the past 12 years,” Gradoville said. “The players, parents, staff and community have done a lot to help make our program be so successful. If I had not been offered such an outstanding opportunity at College of St. Mary, I would likely remain as the head girls coach at Westside for the remainder of my career.”
Gradoville, who will remain the boys coach for now, was recently notified that she’s a finalist for the national high school tennis coach of the year by the High School Athletic Coaches Association. The honor is based on outstanding coaching longevity, win-loss record, championship years and service at the high school level. She’ll be honored at a banquet June 18 in Jackson Hole, Wyo., where the winner will be announced.
Gradoville also is a top-rated singles and doubles player in the Missouri Valley Section of the United States Tennis Association. She’s certified by the USTA and USPTA as a developmental and recreational coach.