USA Racquetball is pleased to announce the recipients of the annual High School and Intercollegiate Coach of the Year Awards: Brian Ancheta, Head Coach of Barlow High School in Gresham, Oregon, and Sara Moulton, Assistant Coach at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah. USA Racquetball also announces the recipient of the Collegiate Lifetime Contribution Award, Dr. Tim Miller. Dr. Miller is retiring after 35 years with Baldwin Wallace University's Racquetball Program in Berea, Ohio.
Brian Ancheta has been the driving force behind the program at Barlow High School. Over the last five years, the program has more than doubled in size. Coach Brian, as his players like to call him, is known for getting students excited about the sport of racquetball. Regardless of their level of play, Coach Brian is always willing to lend his knowledge and resources to help young athletes improve.
Brian was nominated by Junior National Team member Annie Roberts and her father, Bryan Roberts. Annie, coming off of her third consecutive title in Girls Singles #1 at the 2020 USA Racquetball National High School Championships, largely credits Coach Brian.
In their nomination letter, Annie and Bryan made a point to talk about Coach Brian's integrity. He encourages his players to respect their opponent and play fair, saying he would "rather lose a game honestly than win a game cheating."
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Sara Moulton has been an assistant coach for the BYU Racquetball Program for a total of six years, taking a one-year break in 2018 to perform postdoctoral work in Florida.
Before her coaching career, Sara played for the women's team at BYU, competing at the national championship four times. "Wanting to [play] on the racquetball team provided much-needed motivation for me to finish my Master's and Ph.D. degrees at BYU. In fact, it is probably because of racquetball that I kept going to school." When her playing career came to an end, Sara was asked by Head Coach Paul Snyder to be an assistant coach for the program.
Sara speaks very highly of her student-athletes, calling them "the best of the best." She says they are consistently hardworking and committed in all aspects of their lives, topped off by being highly talented and skilled athletes. One thing Sara has learned in her time at BYU is that the character of the players makes the racquetball team what it is.
"It is one of the highest privileges I have ever had to be able to work with such incredible student-athletes."
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Dr. Tim Miller, Head Racquetball Coach at Baldwin Wallace University, is the recipient of the 2020 USA Racquetball Lifetime Contribution Award. Dr. Miller is retiring after 35 years with the program. He is credited with starting the Mideast Collegiate Racquetball Conference (MERC).
During his time at Baldwin Wallace, he developed many State, Regional, and National Champions. Some have gone on to play professionally, including Amy Kilbane, Mike Dennison, Shane Vanderson, Sheryl Lotts, and Thomas Carter. Dr. Miller coached the team to back-to-back titles at the 2016 and 2017 USAR National Intercollegiate Championships.
Several former athletes chose to speak about Dr. Miller, including Pete Fournier, who said, "Racquetball held some of my fondest memories from BW. Coach saw me playing on a court with then-President Dick Durst and asked if I had any interest in trying out for the team. From then on, I was hooked and used a lot of the drills and techniques that Tim taught us to perfect my game over the next 10 years. I always appreciated him going above and beyond for us as a team. From trips to Nationals to awesome gear, to bringing in pros, to even playing against us, he made it a great experience."
Jeremy Dixon, another former student-athlete, said, "Dr. Miller has been a very influential person to me during my four years at Baldwin Wallace. He cares greatly about his players and will support them in any way possible, both on and off the court. My success both academically and in racquetball would have never been possible without his help."
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Congratulations to Brian, Sara, and Tim on their Coach of the Year achievements!
About USA Racquetball
USA Racquetball, founded in 1969, is recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee as the National Governing Body for the sport. The organization annually conducts six national championships and sanctions hundreds of tournaments for players of all ages and skill levels. The organization also organizes the Adult and Junior National Racquetball Teams, oversees the Official Rules of Racquetball, administers National Player Rankings, manages a college scholarship program, and supports the introduction of new players to the sport.