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BILLINGS -- John-Carl Rogge, the new Billings West boys tennis coach, simply wants to help create a positive atmosphere for his players.

Winning state would be nice, he said with a chuckle, but Rogge has more immediate goals in mind.

“The goal is for every kid to have their own personal goals and achieve those goals,” Rogge said Wednesday upon being handed the job. “I think that’s success right there.”

Mark Wahl, the director of athletics and activities for Billings Public Schools, announced the hiring of Rogge on Wednesday. Rogge takes over for David Pulis, who resigned after last season.

Rogge, who works by day at Billings Clinic, is a Honolulu native and attended the University of Montana, studying exercise science with an emphasis in health and human performance. He said he picked up tennis on a serious basis following high school, and has a 4.5 ranking from the USTA. Rogge said he’s also taught and coached various age groups for the USTA.

“I’ve always been active in the tennis community here,” said Rogge, 45. “Actually, I applied for (the West job) a long time ago, so I’ve always been interested in getting the opportunity to help with the high schools.

“It’ll be a challenge, of course, but I’m excited, too, at the same time. I’m excited about what I can offer the team.”

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