By Matt Hill
The Johnson City Country Club has been known for many years as one of the top clubs in the state for molding young area tennis stars — and always will be.
However, the club recently saw the resignation of a man who has helped out a lot of kids, including several from Elizabethton.
Pete Zannis, a former East Tennessee State standout, recently resigned his post as director of tennis at the club for personal reasons.
Zannis, in later years, added head coach at Science Hill to his duties and was a part of team and individual state championships. Even before he became the head coach at Science Hill, he was a part of a lot of success for local teens, including the 1995 state championship of now Hollywood actor Matt Czuchry.
One of Zannis’ all-time prized pupils was Elizabethton High School Hall of Fame athlete Brandon Pike. He advanced to the state finals in 1999 in Class AAA, the last EHS player to reach state before the drop to Class AA two years later.