PROSPER — Longtime tennis coach Jan Brown has retired from both coaching and teaching at Prosper High School, leaving the district searching for someone to take her place. As summer camps were quickly approaching, the tennis program welcomed Mandy Bowling at the beginning of the summer to fill the position.

“I’m very excited for this new journey to work for Prosper ISD and getting to know the team and their families,” Bowling said in an email.

Bowling enters Prosper High after working as the assistant tennis coach at Frisco Reedy. She was there for two years before making the transition to Prosper, where she will be working with both the high school tennis program and traveling to the middle schools to teach tennis classes.

Bowling said she started playing tennis when she was 11 after her family relocated to Frisco. She played four years of high school and two years of college tennis at Metro State in Denver before suffering a career-ending injury. She then transferred to Stephen F. Austin to complete her bachelor’s degree in journalism and obtained a master’s degree in sports management.

She said her father was a big influence on her decision to become a coach.

“My dad was a coach my whole life and he always was so passionate about his job, and I loved watching him coach,” she said. “I enjoyed being around kids and love helping them grow as young men and women, as well as with their tennis game.”

Though the season doesn’t officially begin until August, Bowling has already been very involved in the program. She recently led two weeklong camps this summer where she met some Prosper high school students. She was also introduced to the team at the end of the year. Although this is her first head-coaching position, her expectations of the team reflect the values that Brown instilled in the program for so many years.

“It is very important for me for the team to have team goals and individual goals,” she said. “My expectations are to work hard every single practice, grow as a team on and off the court, have fun, and of course win.”

But Bowling isn’t just focused on tennis. She emphasized the importance of her players being good students as well as good citizens of the community.

“Off the court, it is very important to take time and focus on school work, teamwork/team building and character building.”

Her family-oriented coaching style stems from her close ties to her own family, which she says she is very involved in. She is excited for the new opportunities that Prosper will offer and is eager to get the season rolling.

“We are going to have a great year; full of fun and hard work, and I cannot wait to get started.”