Faith Lutheran’s boys tennis team arrived about two months before the Crusaders’ new tennis complex.
So the pressure really is on now, Faith Lutheran coach Jeff Foley said.
“That’s right, we’ve got to keep up the good work,” Foley said at Tuesday’s ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony of the $3.4 million Peccole Shuirman Tennis Complex on the school’s campus in northwest Las Vegas.
Along with serving as home of the reigning Class 5A boys state champions and girls runner-up, the 10 courts built on 3.4 landscaped acres also are expected to raise the profile of youth tennis in Las Vegas.
“Most high school facilities are eight courts, and this is a 10-court facility — and that was one of the reasons I pushed for that,” Foley said. “If we have 10 courts, we can host state. So when the tennis state tournament is in the south, we’ll be able to be one of the main sites.”
Foley is head pro at the Darling Tennis Center, the former site of the ATP Tour’s Tennis Channel Open before it was sold after the 2008 event. Darling also served as home of the Faith Lutheran teams until now.
There are a lot more country clubs in Las Vegas than attractive public tennis facilities, Foley said, and attractive public facilities are crucial to growing and building the local tennis community.
“So this will be really beneficial — down the line, there probably will be some league play whether it’s adults or kids,” Foley said.
Four of the 10 courts are lighted, which should make them more accessible in the summer months when Las Vegas’ searing daytime temperatures discourage tournament play and even casual serving and volleying among friends.
But their most distinguishing characteristic is the hue of the playing surface — maroon and light yellow, mirroring Faith Lutheran’s colors and the athletic gear worn by Foley, athletic administrator Bret Walter and other dignitaries representing Nevada’s largest private school who were on hand for the opening ceremony.
A look at the new Peccole Shuirman Tennis Complex on the Faith Lutheran campus:
Cost: 3.4 million.
Financing: Naming rights sponsorships and Faith Lutheran’s general fund. Original funding provided by a gift from Bob and Nancy Peccole; their son, Rob; and their daughter and son-in-law, Becca (Peccole) and Will Shuirman.
Courts: 10 (four lighted).
Features: Parking for 103 cars, decorative landscaping, including 70 trees, 600-plus shrubs and more than 300 tons of decorative rock. Men’s and women’s restrooms, coach’s office and storage for ball hoppers, nets and equipment.
Projected use: Home of Faith Lutheran High boys and girls tennis; youth and adult tennis.