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MARBLE FALLS — Former Marble Falls High School tennis standout Jeff Savage will attempt to help the Mustangs do what he was able to do as a player – win a medal at the state tournament.

Savage is the new Marble Falls High School tennis coach and science teacher after the board of trustees of the Marble Falls Independent School District approved his hire Dec. 10.

Savage’s ties to the area put him ahead of other applicants, said Wade Stanford, MFISD’s executive director of financial services.

“He knows our community, he knows the expectations,” he said. “He’s played tennis on that scene. As we looked at the qualifications, he had them in the classroom and in tennis.”

The new coach and his former high school tennis partner, Tyler Isabell, were the Class 3A boys doubles runner-up in 1995.

Savage has spent the past year developing tennis programs by working with elementary schools and conducting an after-school program at the Andy Roddick Foundation quick-start tennis courts in Granite Shoals. He is a certified United States Tennis Association Professional.

“We expect him to do great things,” Standford said.