As the boys’ and girls’ tennis coach at RLS for more than two decades, Steve Proulx’s hallmark was consecutive league titles--the boys won it all from 1981-1996 and 1999-2000, and the girls ruled from 1988-1992. He was named the Central Coast Section Honor Coach for 1995 and the Northern California United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) High School Coach of the Year for 1993 and 1994. In 2000 he was awarded the Northern California USPTA High School Coach of the past 25 years. He also coached girls basketball from 1980-83. He taught biology from 1975-96 and chaired the science department from 1983-96.
Steve played tennis for the University of California at Berkeley and advanced to the quarterfinals in the NCAA doubles championship. Since 1992 he has been the co-owner and director of the Carmel Valley Tennis Camp, where he has previously served as tennis director from 1984-1989.
A grateful and incredibly fortunate experience. That best describes my time as a teacher and coach at RLS. I am so grateful for the opportunities afforded me by Gordon Davis, Frank Keith, Wally Goodwin, Phil Perkins, Joe Wandke, Paul Matray, Greg Foster, Jeff Young, and all the support staff (riding the mini bus with Aussie Bill behind the wheel) and all my fellow faculty. I always felt that the school “had my back” with all that I did in the classroom and on the courts. I was given the opportunity to do what I thought was best and the camaraderie with so many great mentors kept me on the right track as a teacher and coach.
And I was so fortunate to have worked with so many fantastic young people, both in the classroom and on the courts. I believe that I learned more from my students/players than I could ever give to them. The ups and downs of competition can be intense, and to be a part of a young person’s development during those powerful times is so rewarding. RLS was founded the same year I was born, and I was truly fortunate to get to “grow up” with the school.
I am humbled and truly honored to be inducted into the Stevenson Athletics Hall of Fame.