A native of Belle Plaine, Minn., Bailey has been either a head or assistant coach for both boys and girls tennis teams the past nine years at Martin County West, United South Central, Jordan, and New Prague High Schools in addition to teaching at the middle school level. Bailey played collegiate tennis at Gustavus Adolphus where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Education and followed that up with a master’s in Teaching and Learning at St. Mary’s.
“I'm thrilled with the opportunity to share my passion for tennis with the student-athletes at Bethany,” Bailey said. “Based on my experience as a tennis player at Gustavus and as the coach of high school players who advanced to state tournaments, I am confident that I can instill a healthy, competitive spirit in the Bethany Vikings and help them reach their full potential – both on and off the court.
“Tennis is a very rewarding sport that requires lots of hard work, sharp focus, and never-ending determination, and that's exactly what I promise to give the tennis players who represent BLC as their head coach,” Bailey added.
“Jill’s enthusiasm and passion for tennis is immediately evident and she is excited to bring that to the collegiate level as a coach in competition and practice,” Bethany’s Director of Athletics Don Westphal said. “I’m confident the engagement she displays about tennis when you talk to her about the sport will immediately connect with our current players and future Viking recruits.”