Scott Benzie undoubtedly has an impressive resumé with more than 30 years of coaching and mentoring youths under his belt.

Now, the 61-year-old Belfast resident — who has coached a great deal of basketball and baseball in the past — will have to brush up on his racket work as well as he is the new coach of the Belfast boys tennis team.

Benzie takes over for Keith Holland, who guided the Lions five seasons.

Most recently, Benzie guided the Belfast boys basketball team six seasons before stepping down in 2014.

The 1974 Orono High School graduate also coached the girls basketball and baseball programs at Machias High School, the Rockland District High School girls basketball team for a decade in the 1980s and 1990s, was an assistant coach on the University of Maine men’s basketball team for several years and also coached the Camden Hills baseball team for a few years in the early 2000s.

He also is a longtime basketball and soccer official, along with being a baseball umpire.

While the athletic director at Machias High School early in his career, he also was a physical education teacher, a role reprised years later at RDHS and Rockland District Middle School.

“Obviously part of the curriculum was teaching racket sports,” Benzie said. “So I taught racquetball, badminton and tennis. There really isn’t something that I hadn’t done before [in the coaching realm], I just hadn’t done it as a varsity sport before.”

Benzie, who has been an Ed Tech at Belfast Area High School 11 years, added that longtime Lion girls tennis coach John Cameron is “a great mentor for me.”

“He’s been doing this 32 years,” said Benzie of Cameron. “He’s probably as close to a tennis pro teacher as there is around here. He works down in Rockport [at the Midcoast Recreation Center] doing tennis lessons and he’s been doing this a long time. I’m a teacher. I know the basic skills and he can give all the intricacies of the sport. He’s a great mentor for me.”

Benzie and several of the boys tennis players went to the courts in Belfast Monday to shovel off the courts and have practiced outdoors much of the week to refine their techniques.

Benzie added that no matter the sport, communication is the top priority with the athletes.

“It’s a matter of being able to communicate, [to] get the kids to understand what you’re trying to explain to them and then the trail and error and the correction process," the new court coach said.