Vic Youngs stood on the court at Choice Health and Fitness and watched his Fargo South boys tennis team pile on senior Austin Zurn.
He gave his wife, Missy, a big hug. Then his son, David, an assistant coach on the team, walked up and hugged him.
Youngs posed for pictures next to his youngest son, Geoffrey, and the rest of the Bruins team, holding their newly won 2019 North Dakota state boys tennis champions sign.
Then he stood by himself for a moment, took off his hat and shook his head in disbelief.
Could he have scripted the ending to his 32-year coaching career any better?
Youngs, who is retiring from coaching, capped his three-decade run with one last state title, clinched with a dramatic 3-2 victory over Grand Forks Central late Thursday night.
"You can't possibly have a better ending," said Youngs, who informed his team last week that he would be done coaching at the end of the season. "Every state championship is just so hard to win. Everything's got to line up just perfectly. And I am so proud of the way that these guys performed. It's a wonderful way to end a coaching career."
The Bruins swept the singles -- senior Geoffrey Youngs knocked off East Region singles champion Gary Wu at No. 1 singles; senior Max Olson knocked off Logan Sandberg 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 at No. 2 singles and Zurn completed it by beating Kyle Stauss in three sets.
Youngs and the Bruins won their first state title in the same fashion, beating Central in Grand Forks in 1990. He also led the Bruins to state titles in 1995, 2015, 2017 and 2019.
This one was less expected.
South finished third in the East Region during the regular season and second during the East Region tournament.
"It's unreal," Geoffrey said. "I'm just so glad we could get one on his last year. He's been around here for 32 years. It's pretty long. Senior year for me and all my buds, all the fellas. We've been playing together since sixth grade. It just feels great."