by Scott DCamp
Thief River Falls Activities Director Mike Biermaier announced last week that Fabian Tunberg has been hired as the head tennis coach for the Thief River Falls girls program.
Tunberg, who recently concluded his first year at the helm of the Thief River Falls boys program, is a 2013 graduate of Lincoln High School and member of four tennis state tournament teams in high school.
He takes over the girls program after serving as a girls tennis varsity assistant coach for three seasons; a middle school assistant coach for the girls program for four years; and six years with the Prowler Tennis Academy.
The Prowler girls tennis program is coming off of several successful seasons under former head coach Matt Okeson, including a section finals appearance in 2015 and a section semifinals appearance in 2016.
Tunberg wants to see the girls program continue to improve, but he doesn’t expect it to be a replica of the boys’ program.
“We’re going to keep it pretty simple,” he said. “Make it a family culture where every kid who wants to play can come and play. A culture where kids are developed. My goal is to be the hardest working girls program in Thief River Falls.”
Joining Tunberg will be assistant coaches Joe Wasfaret, Trandon Lehrer and Brock Borchardt.
Wasfaret served as the head boys coach for three seasons before stepping down prior to the 2017 season. Tunberg said Wasfaret is a friendly person whose biggest role will be to help build the team.
Lehrer and Borchardt will team up to coach the middle school team after spending the 2017 season as doubles partners.
Tunberg said all three coaches were picked because they have a sense of humor and have an ability to keep things light.
“They are intentional with their relationships,” Tunberg said. “They know that a player’s life comes before a player’s talent.”
Also joining the coaching staff as a volunteer coach will be Kiki Anderson.
Tunberg resides in Thief River Falls with his wife, Mataya, and daughter, Grace.