Nancy Keeran began coaching at First Serve — New Mexico when her friend and doubles partner, Maddie Pack (beloved former FSNM head coach), introduced her to the program. Nancy learned a lot about coaching from Maddie and other long-time tennis coaches, and was groomed to take over the position of head coach — a change that took place when Maddie passed away in 2015. Since then, Nancy has maintained Maddie’s legacy of tennis excellence in First Serve — NM students. Every day, she makes it a point to say hello to each student at the beginning of practice, which helps them use their life skills lessons on the court. She also coordinates many tournaments and team competitions.

“I love my job,” Nancy said. “Every day, I want to go to work to see the kids.”