Retired tennis coach earns Hall of Fame induction


Janie Gleaves

       Say the words “McNally Fact of the Day Test” to many juniors and seniors here and you are guaranteed a shudder. After 30 years of coaching boys and girls tennis and teaching chemistry here, Mr. Dan McNally retired last May. To BCHS, his classes will go down in BCHS folklore as one of the most challenging, and now to the Indiana high school tennis association, he will go down in history as one of the best high school tennis coaches.

      On February 2, Mr. McNally will be inducted into the Indiana High School Tennis Hall of Fame. Mr. McNally was drawn to his mother’s tennis racquet from the time he was young and couldn’t wait to grow up so he could hit the courts himself. He played at the #1 singles spot during his time at Noblesville High School. Drawn to coaching by the idea that he would always have someone to play with, Mr. McNally went on to coach dozens of city champions. Mr. McNally said beating “that school on E. 56th St.” was always a highlight.

      Throughout his 30 years, Mr. McNally coached hundreds of players.

“There is a very real warm feeling that we get each time a player says, “Hey Coach!” It’s a title that acknowledges that we care about the athletes and are here to help them.”

       It shows that he really does care. Senior Sam Klineman played for Mr. McNally for three years. Klineman joked, “He has records dating back to when dinosaurs roamed the earth. It shows how much he cares about tennis and about each and every one of his players.”

      The event is at Woodland Country Club on Feb. 2. There is a social hour beginning at 6:15 p.m. It will be followed by dinner and the induction ceremony from 7-9 p.m. The cost of the dinner is $30. Mr. McNally is among six being honored. If you are interested in attending, contact current tennis coach Mr. Cameron Huffman at [email protected] or athletic director Mr. Mike Ford at [email protected]