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Wisconsin-Eau Claire head tennis coach Tom Gillman (left) chats with his daughter Katie during a match earlier this season. Now in her final season with the Blugolds, Katie has been coached by her dad for 10 years, spanning the high school and college ranks. (Photo submitted by Theresa Gillman)

Father-daughter combo head into their final chapter

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A decade ago, Tom Gillman stepped down from his role as women’s tennis coach at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire to take a similar position at Red Wing High School. More than a step down in level, it was a step up for Gillman and his family, as Tom would get the chance to coach his daughters.


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Kyle Stevens
Kyle Stevens is a sports reporter for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, Kyle worked at the Owatonna People’s Press, as well as KWLM and KLFN in Willmar. You can contact Kyle by phone at (651) 301-7879, via e-mail at, and follow him on Twitter @RE_KStevens.
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