New St. Francis tennis coach transitions from the skies to the courts

Brandon Fisher
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Brandon Fisher, the new varsity boys tennis coach at St. Francis High, played the sport in high school and college.

The COVID-19 pandemic shut one door on Brandon Fisher but swung open another – coaching tennis.

After completing 1 mission, Fuchs returns to SVU to finish another

Elizabeth Fuchs
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Elizabeth Fuchs, who graduated from Southern Virginia University in May, will attend Boston University in the fall to work toward earning her master’s degree.

Elizabeth Fuchs had an atypical experience as a student-athlete at Southern Virginia University. The Los Altos native took two years off from school and the tennis team to go on a mission for her church, and then her senior season was cut short due to the global pandemic.

Burdick’s college tennis career doesn’t end the way she hoped

Carina Burdick
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Carina Burdick prepares to hit a shot during a Villanova tennis match. The Wildcats didn’t win a match her freshman year, but they were off to a 7-1 start this season.

Since the state’s shelter-in-place order began in March, scores of events have been postponed, canceled or significantly altered.

For Los Altos High alumna Carina Burdick, those events include milestones such as completing her senior season on the Villanova University women’s tennis team and attending her college graduation ceremony this spring.

LAHS grad Shine headed to USTA-NorCal Hall of Fame

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A Los Altos High School graduate and Mountain View resident is set to receive a second hall of fame induction for his success as a high school tennis coach, but he’ll have to wait longer than expected.

Bill Shine – the boys and girls tennis coach at Menlo School – was slated to be inducted into the USTA-NorCal Hall of Fame Friday, but the event was recently postponed until Oct. 23, according to Menlo sports information director Pam McKenney, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Two years ago, Shine was inducted into the Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame.

“This is quite an honor to be selected into the USTA NorCal Tennis Hall of Fame,” Shine said in a press release issued by the school. “To be able to play and coach nearly my whole life in Northern California is a dream come true.”

After taking over Menlo’s varsity tennis teams in 1996, Shine has led the Knights to a combined 25 Central Coast Section titles and 20 California Interscholastic Federation NorCal championships.

Shine has an overall coaching record of 1,074-154. His girls and boys teams both hold state records for consecutive league dual-match victories. His teams have never lost a league match.

The Menlo girls wrapped up their 26th straight league title last fall and also won CCS and NorCal crowns. The boys entered the spring season, cut short after three matches due to the coronavirus pandemic, having won 23 league championships in a row.

Before his successful run at Menlo, Shine coached the boys and girls teams at Pinewood School for 15 years. Prior to that, he spent a season coaching the boys team at Los Altos High; the Eagles went 19-3 that year.

Shine received several accolades during his playing career as well. As a junior player, he earned a top-10 ranking every year from 1962 to 1973. At Los Altos, he was named team MVP all four years and twice reached the Central Coast Section singles finals. He was also part of the CCS champion doubles team in 1971. Shine then played for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he garnered All-Sun Belt Conference First Team honors twice (1976 and 1977).

“I owe this to a lot of people, like Dick Gould (former Stanford University men’s coach), who along the way helped me become the coach I am today,” Shine said.

Gould is scheduled to present Shine at the induction ceremony, set to take place at the Peninsula Golf and Country Club in San Mateo.

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