“Goldner Touch” reaches 700 wins with Troy boys tennis program

TROY — The only thing better than the “Golden Touch” with the Troy boys and girls tennis programs is the “Goldner Touch”.

Or maybe they are the same thing.

Mark Goldner has been working his magic since 1971 with the Trojans boys and coaching the girls the last 14 years.

And the one thing that never changes is the success he brings to the program.

Wednesday’s 5-0 win over Tecumseh was Goldner’s 700th — that is not a typo — as the boys coach.

When you add his girls wins, Goldner ranks in the top 14th in the state.

“There are two or three coaches with more wins, but they were coaching the boys and girls the entire time they have coached,” Goldner said.

He has won numerous league titles and had numerous players advance in the postseason — and he gives them all the credit.

“I have been fortunate enough to coach a lot of talented players,” Goldner said. “I guess you could say I have achieved through their achievements.”

During that time, Troy has had three different sites for home matches.

“When, I started we played at the six courts in the park,” Goldner said. “Then, we played here at the high school over across there (where the parking lot for the new gym now stands). Then they moved it over here (next to Ferguson Field).”

This year’s team is a perfect example.

While the team had virtually no varsity experience — with the exception of Henry Johnston, the lone senior and Aiden Miller at first doubles — Goldner has the team off to a 7-0 start and 4-0 in the MVL.

Four of those seven wins came by 3-2 scores.

“The thing about those 3-2 matches, is somebody different has stepped up every time,” Goldner said. “Yasashi (freshman first singles player Yasashi Masunaga) has stepped up in a few of those matches, Henry (Johnston) has come through in some of those matches and Cam (Lambardo) has had some big wins.”

His biggest challenge this season has been with the doubles teams this season.

“They have been a work in progress all season,” Goldner said. “I think first dubs (Aiden Miller, Michael Burns at first doubles) are starting to get it. They came through with a big win (against Butler). Troy (Troy Whitehand at second doubles) was gone for a week on spring break and is just getting back. They are starting to get going.”

Against Tecumseh, Troy made a clean sweep of things while dropping just five games the entire match.

In singles Masunaga defeated Ethan Williams 6-1, 6-1; Johnston defeated Nick Green 6-0, 6-0 and Lambardo won by default.

In doubles, Burns and Miller defeated Dykin Bledsoe and Sandra Negiette 6-1, 6-0 and Leo Gluck and Troy Whitehead defeated Brogan Jones and Carla Guzman 6-2, 6-0.

And Goldner has another claim to fame.

“I have probably pushed more water than anyone in Troy,” he said with a laugh referring to removing water from the courts when it rains.

Just another example of the “Goldner Touch”.