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Ames High Girls’ Tennis Coach Len Thiede retires

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Sept. 17, 2012

AMES—The Ames High Athletic Department announced today that Len Thiede, one of the most decorated and successful girl’s tennis coaches in the state and nation, has retired. 

Ames High Athletic Director Judge Johnston describes Thiede and his success as a coach during his 31-year career as “iconic and legendary.”

“His passion for the sport, hard work for the profession and commitment to our female athletes was outstanding,” Johnston said. “The legacy Len leaves behind will be very hard to top.”

A celebration to honor Coach Thiede will be held later this winter during an Ames High basketball game on a date to be determined.

Coach Thiede’s career highlights 1982-2012

  • Dual meet record: 340-89
  • Four consecutive undefeated state team championships: 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009.
  • State runner up twice: 2005, 2008
  • Only 2A team to win singles, doubles, and team championship in consecutive years: 2011, 2012
  • Numerous CIML Coach of the Year honors, Iowa Girl’s Tennis coach of the year, 2010; and national finalist for NHSACA Girl’s tennis coach of the year in 2007.

Judge Johnston at  (515) 290-3798.
Len Thiede at (515) 291-7956.

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