University High boys' tennis Coach John Kessler's job is more difficult than one might think.
Sure, his program continues to have remarkable success, but that's where it gets challenging. Kessler, in his 10th year at University, is having a hard time finding a ladder long enough to allow him to keep raising the bar.
Such are the travails of coaching a team that has been to five consecutive CIF Southern Section Division I finals, winning three, holds a regular-season record of 102-4 during the past five-plus seasons and continues to feature some of the top boys' tennis players in the nation.
"Irvine is a hotbed for tennis and we've been fortunate to have a lot of quality players," Kessler said. "I have to keep finding ways for motivation, so our goal this year is to win three things — the All-American Tournament, Ojai and CIF. We've never won all three in the same year."