Boesl brings enthusiasm to tennis

“Tennis is a very challenging sport to learn, and it takes a lot of time and it’s mentally challenging. But I realy do enjoy the kids that are out there for tennis.”

-Aron Boesl, girls tennis coach

By Karissa Irvin | Opinion Editor

Juggling work and home life, girls tennis coach Aron Boesl still finds time to help train his athletes to victory.

Boesl, who also assists with boys tennis, has been the head coach of the girls team for two years, and was an assistant coach to both boys and girls teams since 2006. He started coaching when his son, 2010 graduate Markus Boesl, began playing in high school.

“I was under Angie Kemp [as assistant coach] before I became head coach,” Boesl said.

Although Boesl is coaching tennis, he did not learn how to play the sport until his children started playing 12 years ago.

“I enjoy watching my kids,” Boesl said. “Since Angie had to quit, there was really nobody who wanted it, since it’s a nonpaid position, so I took it on.”

In addition to his son, Boesl has also coached his two daughters, 2012 graduate Heidi Boesl and sophomore Katie Boesl, who have both gone to state in doubles with other teammates. He has enjoyed coaching his own children.

“Overall, we’ve had a really good time. Last year was really great with my girls,” Boesl said. “They did really well at state. It was just a real privilege to be a part of their lives in that way.”

Katie likes having her father as her coach and thinks he is doing well in the position.

“He’s really respected and he has a good reputation with the kids,” Katie said. “He studies up on what he’s talking about, so he makes his point better when he tells them [the athletes].”

Senior captain Javiera Henriquez agrees.

“He’s really nice. He’s pretty understanding and sympathetic with the girls and he’s not very demanding,” Henriquez said. “He’s considerate of our needs.”

Along with being the girls tennis coach, Boesl is the supervisor of radiology and medical imaging at Bay Area Hospital. He has been in the position for 30 years, but his schedule allows him to coach.

“I have a boss that is extremely flexible and understands the importance of hospital employees to be involved in the community,” Boesl said.

Boesl attained his degree in radiology at the Oregon Institute of Technology, where he transferred after a semester at Linn Benton Community College. He attended Crescent Valley High School, where he competed in numerous sports and he participated in baseball, gymnastics, soccer and wrestling during his childhood.

“My brother and I were very well [at] sports. He was a very good wrestler,” Boesl said. “We all played multiple sports in high school.”

Outside of work, Boesl enjoys being active in the community. He is a member of the Coos Bay North Bend Rotary Club, where he is working to send medical supplies to various countries with fellow Rotarian Michael Hosey.

“He [Hosey] ships to Honduras and I ship to Africa. I recently shipped some stuff to Cambodia and Nigeria,” Boesl said. “That’s really kind of my side passion; to help the poor and needy all around the world with medical supplies is something I really enjoy doing.”

Boesl has been married to his wife, Rose, for almost 25 years and enjoys spending time with her and their family. Sometimes they play tennis together.

“We live by tennis courts and we play a lot. My daughter Heidi plays college tennis, so when she comes home, we all go out and we just go out and hit and it gets pretty competitive,” Boesl said. “My wife plays pretty well; we’ll go up and have family matches.”

Boesl is not sure if he will continue coaching after his daughter Katie graduates.

“Tennis is a very challenging sport to learn, and it takes a lot of time and it’s mentally challenging. But I really enjoy the kids that are out for tennis,” Boesl said. “We’ll just take it one year at a time and see how it goes.”