SYLACAUGA, Ala. – In a thrilling moment for Sylacauga High School’s tennis program, standout player Zac Hope signed a letter of intent on Wednesday, Nov. 29, to join the tennis team at Coastal Alabama Community College.
The signing ceremony took place at 2:00 p.m. in the SHS Media Center, where Hope, accompanied by family members, friends, and teammates, made the decision to sign with Coastal Alabama Community College.
Hope, known for his powerful forehand and impressive serve, expressed his excitement about joining Coastal Alabama, citing the advanced men’s tennis program and the appealing campus.
The decision to choose the Coyotes over other considerations, including Wallace State Community College, was driven by the opportunities he saw for growth and experience at Coastal.
“I’m not too worried about [where I rank] at Coastal,” Hope said. “I’m just looking forward to getting there and getting better. Maybe next year, I’ll climb up the ladder.”
Hope, with a current GPA of 3.1, envisions studying sports medicine or sports management at Coastal and aspires to become a coach post-graduation. Reflecting on his tennis evolution since starting in the sixth grade, Hope emphasized the significant improvement in his aggressiveness and overall strategy on the court.
“I would say I’m good, but I don’t want to be too confident,” Hope humbly admitted. “I’d say I’m good, but I’ve improved drastically.”
Hope hopes to succeed at Coastal to the level of getting an offer from a four-year institution and continuing his tennis playing career.