Coffman has strong senior season at Campbellsville U

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By Quincy Burt

As summer takes hold and school teams, both high school and college are already looking forward to their next seasons, the seniors are settling in to their next chapters.
For Sara Coffman, she intends to purse a career in criminal justice, but less than a month ago, the former Casey County Lady Racket Rebel wrapped up a storied senior season playing tennis at Campbellsville University.
“Sara was always very committed to tennis,” Casey girls tennis coach Marvetta Overstreet said. “She has always been a good role model for younger players. Sara is very humble; she won’t brag on herself or on her success; but she is one of the very best tennis players that the CCHS girls’ tennis program has ever had. It’s great that she was able to earn a scholarship at Campbellsville University so that she could continue to play the sport in which she has excelled. Sara is one of the most coachable players I’ve ever known. She represents Casey County well in the sport of tennis.”
Overstreet added Coffman worked on her game when at home in Casey County.
“I also saw her at our tennis courts often, working hard to improve,” Overstreet said. “Since she began playing tennis in eighth grade, Sara has been one of the most consistent players to work hard in the offseason. She has always frequented our home courts, hitting on her own time.  That’s why she is so successful. She is willing to work hard and she knows that regular hitting keeps her at her peak performance.”
Coffman helped lead her Campbellsville Lady Tiger teammates, from her number-five singles spot, to a number-21 finish in the polls in the country as they made their first appearance in the NAIA championships. The senior went undefeated in singles play in 2017.
“In singles, I did go undefeated, but I’m not going to lie. My senior season did have a lot of ups and downs including many obstacles that I have had to overcome, but I wouldn’t change a thing,” said Coffman. “This year, I’ve grown more as a person than I have in all my other years in college combined thanks to tennis. I know I will definitely miss my college days, but I am looking forward to what lies ahead.”
Coffman credits her college success to her time at Casey County under former coach Overstreet.
“When I played for Casey it felt like we were a family,” said Coffman. “So, we didn’t just play for ourselves, but for each other. This is really important in college because every match counts especially if it is a close one. So, coming from a team who cared so much for one another as well as a coach who put so much of her heart into each of her players. It made a huge impact on me striving to be a team player in college.”
Coffman credited Overstreet with helping her become the player she was in college.
“Without coach Overstreet, I definitely wouldn’t have become the player I am today,” Coffman added. “She never gave up on me from day one even when it seemed impossible for me to get a serve in the box. She is a big role model for all of her players she has taught through the years. Casey County tennis is lucky to have a coach like her.”
During Coffman’s time at Casey, she helped lead the Lady Rebels to a pair of regional championships in her last two seasons (2013 and 2014) while also qualifying for state in her final three seasons.
Coffman finished her career at Campbellsville as an Academic All American in each of her final two seasons (maintaining a 3.5 GPA and being at least a sophomore). She also was nominated for a Champion of Character award after her junior season.
“I would love to stay involved with the team in Casey,” Coffman said of her future plans. “I want to see the program grow more and more. Hopefully by teaching some beginners, I can have an impact down the road.”