MIDDLEBURY — Angie Brenneman is leaving the job, but plans to hold on to the relationships.
“I keep in very close touch with a lot of my former players,” Brenneman said Monday, July 7, upon submitting her resignation as Northridge High School’s highly successful girls tennis coach. “Some of them babysit my own kids. We talk and text a lot, and I wouldn’t trade the last six years with them.”
Brenneman said her own children — daughter Grace is 10 and twins Catie and Cole turn 7 in August — are a leading reason for stepping down.
“My family is my No. 1 priority, and my kids are getting older and participating in things that I need to be there for them,” said Brenneman, who is a 1994 graduate of NorthWood as Angie Yoder. “They’ve never known me not to be coaching, so I think it’s time.”
She also cited husband Dan’s growing farming business as a factor in resigning.
Brenneman guided the Raiders to five sectional titles, four overall/outright Northern Lakes Conference championships and two regional crowns, the most recent in 2013, during her six seasons as Northridge coach.
The string of sectional perfection was snapped this past season by Elkhart Memorial, which went on to add its first-ever regional and semistate titles.
Before winding up at Northridge, Brenneman stepped in for one season at her high school alma mater, served three years as boys coach at Laker High in Pigeon, Mich., and guided the Westview girls for three seasons.
At Westview, she led the Warriors to a 42-6 mark with two sectional titles before resigning due to the pending births of her twins.
At Northridge, she consistently tried to strengthen the Raiders’ schedule and her teams went 77-24.
“I love student-athletes of all ages and really love the game of tennis,” said Brenneman, who remains an active player and is a substitute teacher at Elkhart Christian Academy. “I’m sure I’m going to miss coaching, but I think this is the right decision at this time.”
Brenneman, a resident of Elkhart, said she could see herself coaching again at some point “if it’s the right time and right situation.”