Blue Streaks tennis coach returns home to Spain
Woodstock High School is looking for new boys and girls tennis coaches, and not of their choice. After six years in the United States, Pablo Pomares has decided to return to his homeland in Spain.
Pomares was the boys assistant coach in 2009 and then became the boys and girls head coach in 2010.
WHS athletic director Glen Wilson praised Pomares and the progress the boys teams made under his direction.
“Pablo had a zeal and passion for tennis and helping kids that was pure and infectious,” Glen Wilson said in an email. “Coach Pomares continued to build numbers each year for the tennis program and helped WHS improve each of the years he was head coach.”
Pomares said coaching at WHS was a great experience.
“It’s been a pleasure for me being part of the Blue Streaks coaching staff,” Pomares said in an email. “I felt welcome since the very first day I took over the boys tennis assistant coach position back in 2009. Then becoming the head coach for both teams in 2010 was an exciting step up and challenge.”
Pomares noted some of his favorite memories as coach include Jon Larson and Cameron Fyfe defeating Cary-Grove’s No. 1 doubles team in the 2011 IHSA boys sectional tournament; the 2011 girls team scoring double the points from the previous year in the Fox Valley Tournament; and defeating rival Woodstock North High School in four of five dual matches as head coach, the only loss coming in the 2010 girls season.
Pomares also praised the play of several individual players, including Agustin Araujo, Ana Fedmasu, Iris Krandel, Jon Larson and Kevin Lara.
“[Araujo, Fedmasu and Krandel] finished with a wining record last season,” Pomares wrote. “Jon and Kevin have been great team captains and role models for the rest of the players. … Both teams have been improving during these years, obtaining the best results in a long time this last season, thanks to the hard work our players have been putting in.”
Pomares said he wants people to know how grateful he is for all the help he received as head coach.
“I’d like to thank all students who have been part of the team, both of my assistant coaches, Sandy Theriault and Jesse Justice, and all athletic office staff, Glen Wilson and Kate Heidtke,” Pomares wrote. “Without them, my time as a WHS coach would have been much more difficult. It’s been great working with them, and I am going to miss them all.”
Pomares, who is returning home to Spain to be with his family, said he hopes to have the opportunity to coach tennis to children in Spain.
“It’s hard to leave because I have so many, many friends over here,” Pomares wrote. “All my family is over there; that’s the main reason I’m going back.”