After this his 17th year at Gulfport High, Erich Grabowski will hang-up his tennis racket and retire from the coaching ranks. He's led the Admirals to three State Championships. In fact, Gulfport is the defending 5A State Champs and it would be fitting that Grabowski go out with the 2001 State Trophy.
Grabowski said, "This is my last year and I'll go out on top whether we win another state title or not. I thought about the coaching, thought about missing the kids accept I'm going to take everyone with me where ever I go. They're just part of who I am now."
Olivia Berry was instrumental in helping the Admirals claim a 17th consecutive district title, all under the coach Grabowski. Olivia is the top seed in this weeks 5A State Tournament. Olivia said, "Gulfport High has one of the best tennis traditions in Mississippi. Its partly because of our great coaching.
Coach Grabowski has been with us 17 years. We've had great coaches who know a lot about the sport." Besides Olivia Berry, William Van Kirk and Anthony Vlahos are back, the defending state champions in the boys doubles, just three of a long list of high school tennis players who will always remember, Erich Grabowski. Coach will always remember them as well.
Grabowski said, "The neat things about the binds that you have with the players is you stay in touch with them. I still play with some of the players who played for me. I get cards from them. I write to them. We've stayed in touch and it keeps you young."