Huotari is a Mountaineer himself, having played tennis (two-time undefeated U.P. doubles champion, 1981 and 1982) and basketball (All-U.P. 1981-82) at Iron Mountain High School. The new Tennis coach is “excited to be a Mountaineer again, working alongside dedicated coaches and student-athletes who have elevated Iron Mountain athletics to tremendous heights over many years.” He spoke passionately of the rich history of Iron Mountain girls tennis at Meet the Mountaineers on Wednesday, August 16, revealing the fifteen UP titles won since 1977, and that legacy being a source of inspiration for this upcoming season. (Read more from 19 News here)
Keith Huotari is married to his wife of twelve years, Jayna. He is involved in the local community, serving as Trustee on the Board of Governors of the Menominee Range Historical Foundation. He also recently published a book in 2022 about Iron Mountain pioneer and Civil War veteran Samuel Bassett titled “Perfect Union- Iron Mountain and Its Last Surviving Civil Soldier.”
Welcome, Coach Huotari! Once a Mountaineer, always a Mountaineer.
The Mountaineers will take on the Flivvers at the Kingsford Tennis Courts on Thursday morning (8/24) at 10 AM.