Braves’ leader comes from coaching line

Scott Dittmer comes from a line of tennis coaches.

His grandfather, J. Avery Dittmer, headed teams in Seymour; and his father, Tony, coached at Brownstown Central.

Now, Scott will keep the tradition alive in his family line.

This fall, he will take over the reins in Brownstown as the new boys tennis coach.

Dittmer replaces Ron Slaton, who coached the Braves for 15 consecutive seasons.

Scott, a 2005 Seymour High School graduate, helped the Owls win a sectional title in his senior year.

While this is his first time coaching a high school team, Dittmer brings personal experience and a new energy to the Braves program.

Q: Why did you decide to come out and coach the team?

A: “I’ve been playing tennis my whole life. I saw the opportunity to come out and teach what I know and what I’ve learned. I want to pass the game on to generations.”

Q: How is the roster shaping up?

A: “We have a lot of sophomores. We want to work on creating good habits and breaking from the bad ones. The team lost five seniors — all three singles and one doubles team. That’s tough on any coach.”

Q: What are some of your coaching philosophies?

A: “Right now, we’re playing far too tentatively. We’re trying to get them to play more aggressively. The mindset coming in before me was to get the ball back and see what happens. We’re trying to come up with more drills to make them more aggressive and get to the net to put points away opposed to just seeing what happens.”

Q: Have you gone out and hit with the players?

A: “The kids have gotten a kick out of it. I’ve been out here playing some games with them. I even do a little bit of running with them to start out the practice. Its been a lot of fun.”

Q: What has the first couple weeks of practice been like with the team?

A: “It has been interesting. We have a lot of different skill levels. We’re trying to work a lot with the younger guys. I’m optimistic with what we can do this season.”

Q: What are some of your expectations on yourself in your first season?

A: “I want to get my feet wet and get a feel for coaching. It’s a new experience. It’s a lot easier when you’re just playing yourself. You just have to focus on what you’re doing wrong. When it comes to trying to explain the game, it can be tough.”

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Jordan Morey is sports editor at The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at or 812-523-7069.