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East Ridge boys tennis coach Suzie Heideman was recently named the 2014 Class AA Boys Tennis Coach of the Year by the Minnesota Tennis Coaches Association. (Bulletin file photo)

Heideman named Coach of the Year

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East Ridge boys tennis coach Suzie Heideman may just be the best in the Midwest.

Heideman, who won the Wisconsin State Coach of the Year award in 2005 while leading her Greendale squad to a state championship, has taken the award again, this time in Minnesota.

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She was recently named the 2014 Class AA Boys Tennis Coach of the Year by the Minnesota Tennis Coaches Association.

“I'm really honored to win this award,” Heideman said. “It's exciting to win, but even more rewarding is the joy that I have in working with such mature, hard working and talented young men.”

The honor comes after Heideman led the Raptors to a third-place finish in their first state tournament appearance in program history. East Ridge finished the campaign with an overall mark of 16-2 in Heideman’s third season at the helm.

“This was probably our best team,” senior Greg Sharrow said after the Raptors took third at state. “The last three years, [Coach Heideman] has really brought us together.”

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