Name: Sara Bulls
Job: Girls tennis head coach Portales Junior High School
Background: Bulls is from Portales and cheered and played tennis at PHS, and won state in doubles. Bulls has played tennis every summer since fifth grade. She graduated from Eastern New Mexico University and played tennis there one year.
She also currently teaches seventh and eighth grade New Mexico and U.S. history at PJHS.
Q. Describe what your job entails?
A. Tennis is about teaching the fundamentals, strategy, and mastering of technique. I record the kids on video and then show it to them and let them see what they are doing so they can work on their technique to improve their skills.
Q. What is a typical day on the job like for you?
A. Definitely not the same, sometimes practice is canceled because of weather and sometimes we drill for playing in the wind, because we have tennis tournaments in the wind.
Q. Why did you choose this job?
A. Well, I was asked to coach and I love tennis and I gladly accepted. Also it’s really great in junior high how kids look awkward and unsure, and then they progress and are more natural.
Q. What type of training, if any, do you need for your job?
A. She had to be certified to drive a suburban for the school, and also had to complete a coaches training course.
Q. What do you enjoy most about your job?
A. Getting to see the kids is never boring and it’s also a plus to play tennis. I get to try to continue on (with) what coach Wahlman did for the Portales tennis team. And I want the girls to make it to state this year.
Coaching has been a great challenge for me.
Compiled by PNT correspondent Chris M. Romero