APEX—Rhonda Blanchard, who coached both the men’s and women’s tennis teams at Middle Creek High School, died unexpectedly on Saturday at the age of 50, according to a report in the Raleigh News and Observer.
Blanchard was a 1982 graduate of Cary High School and graduated from North Carolina State University in 2010. She taught special education and was preparing for the start of practice for the 2015 men’s tennis season.
She was well respected by other tennis coaches. Donald Clark, the president of the North Carolina Tennis Coaches Association, called Blanchard “a fine lady, a great coach and a compassionate leader.”
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her memory to the Wake County Chapter of the Autism Society at www.wakecountyautismsociety.org.