A.G. Longoria took two unseeded high school tennis teams deep into the CIF playoffs in 2010.
Longoria's Sage Hill School boys' and girls' teams may have been unseeded, but he makes sure they're never unprepared.
Longoria has been named the California High School Tennis Coach of the Year by the United States Professional Tennis Assn. Newport Beach resident Rick Leach, a pro at Newport Beach Tennis Club, was named California Touring Coach of the Year.
They received the honors during a luncheon Sunday at the USPTA's annual convention, at the Manhattan Country Club in Manhattan Beach. It's Longoria's second time in his 10 years at Sage Hill that he's earned the award, the first being in 2007.
"It's an incredible honor," Longoria said. "I feel very good about the fact that the school supports athletics, and tennis in particular."
Longoria, 65, came close to bringing two championship plaques to Newport Coast. The boys' team upset No. 2 Cate in the Division IV quarterfinals last May before falling to Rowland in a nearly six-hour semifinal match. The match was tied 9-9 in sets and 73-73 in games, but Rowland finally won, 11-7, in tiebreakers.