CHIEF LOGAN STATE PARK — The University of Pikeville men’s tennis team loves the Chief Logan Rec Center.
UPike Bears Coach Tim Alderman said the team loves it more than any other place in which they have played.
“We call the Chief Logan Rec Center our home. Our guys love the Chief Logan Rec Center,” Alderman said of the Bears’ love for the facility. “(Director) Terry Mullins and her staff are so great to us. They are so welcoming to all our international players. And Wally Thornhill has been great to UPike and we appreciate everything he does for us. We’re from Pikeville, Ky., but I feel like we’re from Logan.”
The Chief Logan Rec Center welcomed the UPike Bears “home” on Tuesday night, as they competed in a match against the University of Charleston.
“We have played at different facilities and there’s not a better facility than the Chief Logan Rec Center,” Alderman said. “From the tennis courts to the weight room to the swimming pool to the classes they offer, we’ve not been to any place better. They have everything we need in one place. I don’t kno that there is any facility that’s as good as the Chief Logan Rec Center.”
The UPike tennis team is currently ranked 21st in the NAIA division and third in the Mid-South Conference. They recently defeated Ohio Dominican, which is ranked 47th in the NCAA.
The tennis team has been practicing at the rec center as their indoor home court since partnering up with CLRC three years ago. The Bears brought 15 players and two coaches to the match. The players who didn’t play stood on the track over the courts and cheered on their teammates.
The relationship may give some local kids a shot at playing college tennis.
Alderman said he hopes to be able to recruit players from the southern West Virginia area.
“I’m looking at kids in the Logan area,” Alderman said. “There’s some talented kids we’d love to have.”
Alderman said he plans to keep his team coming back to the Chief Logan Rec Center and he said he hopes to spur additional interest in tennis in southern West Virginia.
“We are planning to hold a Kids Day one Sunday afternoon,” Alderman said. “We’re going to get with Terry to set it up. We’ll do an intrasquad scrimmage and do a free clinic. We want to show our appreciation for the community.”
Results from the tennis match were not available Tuesday night.
For more information on the Chief Logan Rec Center pool or for more information on the activities and facilities the rec center offers, call the Chief Logan Rec Center at 304-855-8591304-855-8591.