Jeannine (Hill) Kelley

Athlete, Tennis, 1979-1980

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Jeannine (Hill) Kelley
Coaches will often talk about team chemistry, camaraderie, and creating a family atmosphere within the framework of their program. It didn’t take much for Jeannine Hill Kelley’s coach to literally do just that. Former Waubonsee tennis coach Doug Hill only needed to look within his own household to recruit a future Chiefs’ star player.

Under the watchful eye of her coach, Kelley captured the Skyway Conference’s number one singles championship both her freshman and sophomore years. Kelley also played at number one doubles both years, earning the conference crown each season. Not surprisingly she was selected as the Skyway’s Player of the Year for 1979 and 1980, as she led the Chiefs to back-to-back league titles.

Kelley advanced to the NJCAA State Tournament both years, when all players were in one division, but fell just short of qualifying for the Nationals each year.

Kelley fondly recalls her time at Waubonsee, but not just because of her athletic success, for which she credits both her father and mother. Kelley says it was the family atmosphere within the athletic program at that time, as members of Waubonsee’s other teams came out and cheered for each other. “I loved my time at Waubonsee. It is important to play sports. The lessons I learned as an athlete, I carried into the business world. And, of course, I had the best coach ever,” Kelley exclaims.