For the past 50 years, Richard Lawrence has been engaged with the secondary school tennis program at Mount Saint Charles Academy.
He began the young men’s program throughout the spring of 1971 and took over as the young ladies’ lead trainer in 1990, and beside a couple of seasons anywhere to fill in as a training mentor, he has been one of the game’s best lead trainers in RIIL history.
However, the morning after his young men’s tennis crew experienced a last possible minute 4-3 loss to Cumberland High in their Division II title match on June 19 at Slater Park, Lawrence concluded that everything looked good to tell the players in his young men’s and young ladies’ groups, their families, and the school’s organization that he was taking care of his clipboard.
“The idea had been to me several years,” said Lawrence, who conceded that before the young ladies’ season began the previous fall, he planned to consider it a training vocation, “yet I didn’t tell anyone. I didn’t tell my better half; I advised her perhaps around Christmas time. Yet, I thought, ‘I’ll mentor the young men once again in the spring and that will be it.'”
Despite the fact that the young men’s group had no information on Lawrence’s likely arrangements, they almost sent him off toward the distant horizon with a title, as they posted a 10-0 record this spring prior to losing to the Clippers in a long distance race fight that required two hours and 33 minutes to finish and boiled down to a third-set sudden death round in the main pairs match.
Be that as it may, after the post-match function, Lawrence wore the grin of a title winning mentor. He had told his a long time before the championship that he was venturing down, and his three most youthful youngsters went to the match and took pictures with him on the court typically saved for the top singles players.
“They all had critical minutes on those courts, and it was clearly nostalgic,” he said. “I had numerous remarkable minutes on those courts, with them and with such countless different groups.”
Relatively few individuals around northern Rhode Island understand that Lawrence had been the MSC young men’s soccer mentor from 1970-1989 preceding assuming control over the young ladies’ tennis crew, and when he ventured down as the soccer mentor, he flaunted more successes, season finisher appearances, and division titles than some other mentor in RIIL history.
As the young men’s head tennis trainer, he instructed the Mounties to Suburban Division titles in 1980 and ’85, state titles in 1990 and ’91, and three additional appearances in the D-I finals, and as the young ladies’ coach, he drove the group to five state titles (and eight appearances in the finals) during the 2000s, just as a Class B crown in 1991.
And keeping in mind that Lawrence, who is a long-lasting Glocester occupant, is leaving the Mount tennis program, he’s additionally headed out in different directions from the Glocester Tennis Camp, which he had gone through the previous 48 years showing the game he cherishes.
“In 1972, the top of the town chamber came up my carport – I had quite recently moved into town – and he said, ‘I heard that you played school tennis. Might you want to begin a tennis camp here in Glocester?'” Lawrence reviewed. “Also, that is the manner by which that occurred.”
Lawrence’s last thing to take care of with the Mount tennis program will come in about fourteen days when he coordinates his last “Tennis on the Mount” five day camp at the school’s courts, yet from that point onward, he intends to remain associated with the school by showing two AP English classes and proceeding to run the school’s commanders coaching program that he began quite a while prior.
“I totally love instructing,” he said. “Individuals ask me for what reason I’m actually doing that and I advise them since I appreciate it. I love being encircled by the most splendid personalities and it’s rousing. I’m lucky that the school will keep on allowing me to do that.”
Other than that, don’t anticipate Lawrence “to simply sit and rest for the remainder of my life,” he said. “Surely, I need to be pretty much as dynamic as I am presently and have been. This is the main summer that I’ve had off since I was 14 years of age, and I have a great deal of things that I need to do.”