Lindsey Linker, one of the most successful high school tennis coaches in the state, will not be returning to East Chapel Hill High for the 2015-16 year.
“There are so many reasons, but at the front is my family,” Linker said. “My mother lives in Charlotte. She is 93. I just want to be closer to her and to have more time with her.”
Linker is a member of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame and has led boys and girls teams to 16 state titles.
She was named conference coach of the year a remarkable 39 times during her career. In 2010, she was named the NCHSAA Doris Howard Coach of the Year.
She was named as one of the top 100 coaches in NCHSAA history during its centennial celebration.
Active in community activities and fundraisers, she also was a founding board member of the North Carolina High School Tennis Coaches Association.
A graduate of Myers Park High School in Charlotte, Linker played varsity tennis at the University of North Carolina until her career was interrupted by a severe neck injury, forcing her to miss the 1980 season. Before 1981 was out, she was able to return to one of her passions — running in the Boston Marathon. She went on to earn her undergraduate and masters degrees at UNC.
Linker began her high school coaching at Chapel Hill High in 1987. In her 10-year tenure at CHHS, her boys and girls team built a 294-39 record, won two NCHSAA dual-team titles and had four individual state champions.
From 1998 through 2013, Linker’s East Chapel Hill High tennis programs produced 11 individual state singles champions and 14 state dual-team titles while winning 600 matches.
“I know I am going to miss my teams,” she said. “They have been a great joy to me. But right now, I have other things that I want to do.”