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October 26, 2023

State tennis organization recognizes Noonan for leading by example

Coppell tennis coach Alyssa Noonan is a recipient of the Kim Enocksen Integrity Award from the Texas Tennis Coach Association. The 2023-24 school year is Noonan’s first year coaching tennis in Coppell. (Namir Awan)

In a world where sportsmanship sometimes takes a backseat to winning at all costs, a coach at Coppell High School stands out as a shining example of integrity and ethical leadership. 

Coppell tennis coach Alyssa Noonan recently was presented with the prestigious 2023 Texas Tennis Coach Association Kim Enocksen Integrity Award. The accolade not only celebrates her coaching abilities but also acknowledges Noonan’s commitment to honesty and moral principles both on and off the tennis courts.

The Kim Enockesen Integrity Award is given to a tennis coach displaying qualities of honesty, strong moral principles and great ethics in the game and life.

“Coach Noonan exemplifies sportsmanship well and creates a friendly environment for the team to feel comfortable in,” Coppell junior tennis player Ansh Aitha said. “It is clear that she prioritizes the significance of having integrity which sets a positive tone and support system for our team, as a whole.”

Coppell tennis coach Alyssa Noonan is a recipient of the Kim Enocksen Integrity Award from the Texas Tennis Coach Association. The 2023-24 school year is Noonan’s first year coaching tennis in Coppell. (Rhea Choudhary)

With seven years of coaching experience, Noonan brings her knowledge to the Coppell tennis program. However, her integrity extends far beyond her coaching career; it’s deeply rooted in her personal values.

“Integrity has always been really important to me as a person, as a player and also as a coach,” Noonan said. “It’s a choice we make every day, and I firmly believe that playing with integrity not only makes victory sweeter but also builds character.”

In tennis, where there are no referees like in other sports, integrity is a crucial value to maintain during matches. Each player is responsible for calling their own shots and being fair. Noonan’s emphasis on integrity ensures a level playing field while instilling the importance of having respect for the game.

Coppell tennis coach Alyssa Noonan is a recipient of the Kim Enocksen Integrity Award from the Texas Tennis Coach Association. The 2023-24 school year is Noonan’s first year coaching tennis in Coppell. (Namir Awan)

“Both Coach Noonan and I are out here at the tennis center all day, so we have plenty of time to discuss the ins and outs of what strategies we want to have the players implement within their matches at the upcoming tournaments for them to be as successful as possible,” assistant tennis coach Chris Terry said. “Supporting her is easy because she makes each decision ethically and our players experience dealing with other teams who make bad calls during matches, so she is a good example of having positive integrity.” 

Whether it is during practice or a match, Noonan encourages each player to hold the values that will serve them well beyond the tennis court’s confines.

“As a player, I had the privilege of being coached by many incredible individuals who greatly influenced my life,” Noonan said. “Making a positive impact on all players within my program has been the most important to me since becoming a coach; I tell each of my players every day, ‘You’re here and you matter.’”

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Rhea Choudhary, Staff Writer
Rhea Choudhary is a junior at Coppell High School; she first took a step in D115 in order to pursue photography for The Sidekick. Despite her initial intentions, she is now a second year member, returning as a staff writer. At first, thought she wasn't the best fit for writing, but after deciding to give it a shot, she soon realized that she let her fear keep her from finding what she truly enjoys doing!  As an avid show binger, Rhea’s top three shows include Gossip Girl, Gilmore Girls and One Tree Hill, as she can go on for hours talking about any of them. She also loves watching classic Hindi movies (with lots of iconic songs and actors in them), along with consistently enjoying listening to her 24-hour Bollywood music playlist, on a loop. Her favorite food is drunken noodles and sushi, along with loving any sweets that contain milk chocolate or caramel. As a member of HOSA, Rhea hopes to pursue a future career in medicine, specifically to become an oncologist. Rhea has completed her Bharatanatyam arangetram, a solo debut/graduation, and is still a dedicated dancer. As an only child that keeps the volume in her house very high at all times, Rhea’s number one friend is Teddy Graham, her mini goldendoodle. Feel free to reach Rhea at [email protected] or follow her on X @rhea_choud.
Namir Awan, Staff Photographer
Namir is a junior and a 2nd year staff photographer for The Sidekick. Namir has a younger sister who is a freshman. Namir loves to watch and play basketball and football. He's a wide receiver in football and a guard in basketball. Namir loves sports because he loves playing with friends and enjoys being outside. Namir enjoys learning about history because he likes learning about the past. He also enjoys talking and helping others. Namir does fundraisers to help those in need and is always looking out for those around him. He also loves to play video games with his friends; his favorite game is Rocket League, which allows him to destress after a long week. Namir enjoys traveling with his family; his favorite place he's ever been to is Italy. He visited Rome, The Vatican, Pompei, and Naples in Italy. He's studying whenever Namir isn't helping people, playing sports, or playing video games. He is currently taking AP US History, AP Environmental Sciences, AP English Language and Composition, AP Chemistry, and AP Pre Calculus. Namir loves to listen to music when he studies. He loves to listen to R&B, Pop, and Rap. Namir also loves to cook with his family; his favorite dish is burgers. Namir also works at Kumon; he enjoys working there because he enjoys helping kids learn math and reading. As Namir settles back into school he is excited for this upcoming year as he goes into his second year of being on The Sidekick. 

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