(KINSEY OKELBERRY / EYE OF THE TIGER )
This school year, Roseville PE teachers Josh Errecart and Melissa Stevens have stepped up and began coaching the varsity girls tennis team.
Errecart had previously served as the varsity girls basketball coach and helped with boys basketball and track and field programs.
After last season, the team’s prior coach, Shamilla Tooker, stepped down. Last season, Tooker helped guide many players to continue onto CVC playoffs.
This season, Errecart and Stevens have attempted to continue where Tooker left off. So far the girls tennis team has started off league with a record of 3-1, featuring wins over River Valley, Antelope, and Yuba City. The team’s sole league loss came at the hands of the Woodcreek Timberwolves.
After departing from his position as the varsity girls head basketball coach, Errecart saw the opportunity to continue his passion coaching.
“Coaching tennis kind of fell in [our laps],” Erracart said. “I stopped coaching basketball. Then the tennis jobs opened up. Being PE teachers, we have experience coaching and teaching a lot of those movements and those kinds of sports.”
Both said that they have enjoyed coaching together and the bond with the girls.
Beyond coaching together, Errecart and Stevens further strengthened their relationship.
During the Labor Day weekend, the two went hiking with friends in Yosemite National Park.
While there, Errecart had a special surprise planned.
“We’d start hiking, she’d find a picture every 10-15 minutes and by the time we got to the top she had 14 that spelt out ‘Will you marry me?”
She said yes and the two are set to marry on April 4, 2020.