Dartmouth Men’s Tennis Coach Chuck Kinyon Retiring After the School Year

Dartmouth Men’s Tennis Coach Chuck Kinyon Retiring After the School Year

Courtesy: Dartmouth Athletics

HANOVER, N.H. -- After 30 years at Dartmouth College, head men's tennis coach Chuck Kinyon is hanging up his tennis shoes for retirement at the conclusion of the school year. Kinyon has been in his current role for 27 years, but arrived on campus in 1980 to serve as the head coach for men's squash as well as the assistant for the men's tennis team.

"Dartmouth has been a terrific place to work," Kinyon stated. "I remember playing in a tournament here on campus back in 1970 or '71, and upon seeing (former men's tennis coach) John Kenfield, I thought to myself, 'I would love to have his job someday.' Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to be here for 30 years."

Sporting an overall record of 268-257-1 entering his final season, Kinyon is known as one of the most respected and influential tennis coaches in the East. He has two Ivy titles to his credit, the first coming in 1993 (the first for any racket sport at Dartmouth) and the latter four years later in 1997. Kinyon has mentored 21 All-Ivy honorees and two Ivy League Players of the Year as well, one of whom was Matt Semler '92 who reached as high as 12th in the national rankings.

In 1994, Kinyon was awarded the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Coach of the Year award for the New England region. He was also named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Coach of the Year for Region I following the 1994-95 season. In addition, Kinyon was a recent chairman of the NCAA Region I Coaches Committee, helping establish regional computerized rankings.

Kinyon was instrumental in the design of both the Boss Tennis Center, one of the premier indoor tennis facilities in the nation, and the squash courts located in the Berry Sports Center. But one of the biggest highlights of his career personally came in 2003 when he was inducted into the National Intercollegiate Squash Racquets Association (NISRA) Hall of Fame.

Upon his retirement, the Varsity Tennis Suite in the Boss Tennis Center will become the Kinyon Varsity Tennis Suite. A group of his former players gave money to name the suite in his honor during the fundraising for the facility, but Dartmouth policy precludes naming a space for a current employee. Those former players knew the naming would have to wait until Chuck's retirement, but they nonetheless made the generous donation.

"We are very grateful to Chuck for his coaching, teaching, and mentorship of so many generations of student-athletes in both tennis and squash," stated Acting Athletics Director Bob Ceplikas. "His legacy will live on for many years to come, given the integral role he played in the design of the Boss Tennis Center and Gordon Pavilion. It's extremely fitting that it can finally be made public that a group of his former players contributed generously to name the Varsity Tennis Suite in that facility after Coach Kinyon."

Hired by former Athletics Director Seaver Peters in 1980, Kinyon arrived on campus as the head coach for squash and the assistant to Kenfield for men's tennis. After three years, Kenfield retired and Kinyon was promoted to head coach. In his first season at the helm, the Big Green went just 3-11, but followed that up by improving to 6-10 in 1985. Kinyon enjoyed his first of 14 winning seasons by guiding Dartmouth to a 10-7 overall record in 1986, including a 5-4 record in the Eastern League for the program's first winning record in conference play in seven years.

Beginning in 1988, Dartmouth strung together 10 winning seasons over the next 11 years (breaking even at 11-11 in the other year) while consistently being ranked among the top five teams in the region. Kinyon's squads finished among the top three in the conference six times in that span, including the titles in 1993 and 1997 with identical 8-1 records in league play. In both 1996 and '97, the Big Green posted a school-record 17 victories against just five defeats. Just three years ago, Dartmouth nearly equaled that record by going 16-9.

One of his most memorable accomplishments, however, was defeating Princeton in 1989 to end a string of 79 straight losses to the Tigers.

Kinyon spent nine years as the men's squash coach, compiling a 64-62 record which included a 10-5 season in 1981-82 that set a school record for victories that stood until 1997. During his tenure, he served as secretary, vice-president and president of the NISRA as he helped the organization formalize the championship team format and improved financial accountability.

A native of Rochester, N.Y., Kinyon graduated from the University of Louisville in 1967 and earned a master's in physical education at Penn State in 1973. He was the squash and tennis coordinator at Phillips Exeter Academy from 1975-80 before being hired by Dartmouth.

Kinyon has not made any big plans of yet, but does have some goals. "I am planning on staying in the area and would like to help work toward endowing the men's tennis program. I would also like to continue working as the tennis pro at the Quechee Club, which I have been doing for the past 20 years."
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