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Coach Dong enters his 11th season as the head coach of the girls tennis program and fourth season in the same post for the boys program. He also previously served as the junior varsity coach for both programs at Heritage. During his time with the program, the Patriots have flourished, with current streaks of eight straight league titles on the girls side and six straight league titles on the boys side.
Coach Dong takes pride in seeing junior varsity players go on to become varsity starters, reinforcing his philosophy that each player has the potential to learn and grow in the sport. He wants his student-athletes to understand that mistakes are part of the game, and encourages them to play outside of their comfort zone. One of his goals is to help players see past their mistakes and understand where improvements can be developed, to change their outlook with that approach. He also wants to see his own players give their opponents credit for well-played points and matches.
"I want each player to develop life skills that can be utilized outside of sport. They will learn how to contribute to society, to make a positive impact and be a leader in their community." - Coach Dong