Rob Hardin is stepping down as Notre Dame Academy girls’ tennis head coach, effective upon the hiring of a new coach at the perennial state power in Park Hills. He released a letter of resignation Thursday afternoon saying that after much deliberation with family and close friends, he has decided to call it quits after a long career.
Hardin’s Notre Dame squads won 15 consecutive regional championships and three state titles in 15 years. He previously was Notre Dame assistant for four years and the head boys’ and girls’ tennis coach for six years at Bellevue. He was the girls’ regional manager for 13 years and a member of the KHSAA tennis advisory committee for more than 20 years. He coached 408 tennis matches, winning about 300 of them.
“It’s time,” Hardin said. “I told (Notre Dame athletic director) Myanna Webster on Wednesday, and I told the girls today (Thursday). It was the quietest I’ve ever seen the girls.”
Also at Notre Dame, Hardin coached four state team finalists, two doubles champions and one individual singles champion. His first year as a Notre Dame assistant was 1997. This would have been his 20th season at NDA.
“Over the years I have missed out on a lot of family activities due to coaching tennis,” Hardin wrote in his resignation letter. “With two children who both live out of town, one with three, soon to be four grandchildren, I feel it’s time to be able to travel and spend more time with family. I still intend on teaching tennis professionally throughout the spring, summer and fall and hopefully still be connected to the NDA tennis program.”