The Grove City High School boys tennis team will have a new leader in the spring.

Josh Chandler has been named coach, replacing Ronald Smith, who guided the Greyhounds for 16 seasons.

“I’m incredibly excited to hold a coaching position in a sport that I am extremely passionate about,” said Chandler, a 2007 graduate of Central Crossing who played tennis for the Comets but does not have any experience coaching the sport.

“I am also very excited about teaching students the game of tennis. I hope this program can be very successful and compete for OCC championships, and I hope to make a positive impact on each and every player that I coach both on and off the court.”

Chandler, a third- and fourth-grade special education teacher at Monterey Elementary School, is in his third season as a freshman and assistant varsity boys basketball coach at Central Crossing. He previously was a volunteer boys basketball coach at Grove City.

“Josh brings a passion for tennis to the Grove City program,” athletics director Kris Sander said. “During Josh’s interview, he expressed a commitment to coach students on tennis fundamentals and tactical strategies, while also building their ability to master the mental game. His enthusiasm for tennis was evident and we are excited to have him as a head coach.”

Sander commended Smith for his dedication to the program.

“Coach Smith’s ability to build relationships with players was an amazing part of the boys tennis program during his (tenure),” Sander said. “His patience in teaching the game provided opportunities for students at all grade levels to join the game at any point in their high school career. His easy-going nature will be missed.”