Fairfield Ludlowe girls’ tennis coach John Reisert is a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association national coach of the year in tennis.

Eight finalists from across the country will be honored during the National Coach of the Year Awards banquet which will take place at the NHSACA national convention at the Galt House in Louisville, Ky on June 29. The highlight of the banquet will be the naming of the NHSACA national coach of the year in 19 recognized sports categories.

The Falcons went 23-1 last season, reaching the Class L semifinals before losing 4-3 to Darien. Ludlowe did win the FCIAC title -- it’s third straight league crown -- and Reisert posted his 300th career victory.

Reisert has coached tennis for 17 seasons, leading the Falcons to seven CIAC titles, three CIAC runner-up finishes, four FCIAC championships and two conference runner-up finishes.

Reisert was selected for this honor by the Connecticut high school coaches’ association. This selection was based on longevity, service to high school athletics, honors, championship years, and winning percentage. The nominees and finalists are evaluated by experts in the field of coaching using a sport-specific rubrics to assign points in each category.

The National High School Athletic Coaches Association is the oldest coaches association in the nation formed by coaches, for coaches, and has been recognizing national coaches of the year since 1978.