ROSSVILLE, Ind. (WLFI) — Soon to be 80 years young, Bud Wainscott has a passion for coaching tennis and working with kids.
“I continue to love what I do. I love teaching tennis. I love young people — working young people — I’ve really been blessed by doing that, really have,” said Wainscott, Rossville’s boys and girls head tennis coach.
He has only been at Rossville for a couple years, but he has close to 40 years of coaching experience. Bud coached at Frankfort High School for over 20 years. He then ventured out to different schools throughout the country. He decided to come back to Indiana and took over the Rossville program in 2012.
“He really helped a lot. He’s really just like focused on each person, and he tried to help each individual,” said Hornets junior Hannah Oliver.
“It’s fun. It’s fun to have him as a coach. He’s always messing around with us,” said fellow junior Paige Gibson.
Aside from coaching the sport he loves, Bud still plays in tournaments.
“I took a physical in Lafayette at St. Elizabeth’s recently and he said, ‘Bud you’re in good shape, but you may die on a tennis court some day.’ And I said, that’s okay. What a way to go,” said Wainscott.
The man whose known as “Bud” around Rossville has a life motto, “What you keep you lose. What you give away is yours forever.” It’s best exemplified by the impact that Bud has had on Lucas Zobel, one of his former players.
“Because of him, I really want to get into coaching. I’d like to get my teaching license, the USTPA Pro. He’s just been a big influence on my life the past two years, like on and off the court. I couldn’t thank him enough,” Zobel said.
“We can do the little things in life that’s going to help somebody else, and we have opportunities to do that everyday of our lives, and I try to impress young people,” Wainscott said.
“I look at Bud as a second grandpa to me,” said Zobel. “It’s just, he cares about me. He’d do anything for me, and I’d do anything for him.”
Zobel is going to help Bud coach the Rossville tennis team this fall.