ITA WOMEN’S HALL OF FAME TO INDUCT SIX NEW MEMBERS




ITA WOMEN’S HALL OF FAME INDUCTS SIX NEW MEMBERS
Induction ceremony was held Nov. 13 at the College of William and Mary

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Wimbledon doubles champion JoAnne Russell, an ITA All-American at Trinity University in Texas, was among the class of six former student-athletes/coaches that were inducted into the ITA Women’s Collegiate Hall of Fame in a ceremony that was held on the William and Mary campus on Saturday evening, November 13.

Joining Russell at the event was Courtney Allen, ITA Division III Rookie of the Year and ITA Senior Player of the Year at Principia College; David Borelli of the University of Southern California and Texas Christian University, winner of seven national collegiate championships as coach at USC; Barbara Hallquist DeGroot, also of USC, a four-time ITA All-American who captured two NCAA singles titles; Ed Hegmann, former women’s tennis coach and current athletic director at the University of Mary Washington, a two-time Wilson/TA Division III Coach of the Year; and Carrie Meyer Richardson, winner of the 1974 NCAA singles title while a freshman at Marymount College in Florida.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony was open to the public and was held in the beautiful new Alan B. Miller Hall home of The Mason School of Business. Betsy Nagelsen, a former touring professional and current member of the ITA Women’s Hall of Fame, was the emcee the event.

The ITA Women’s Collegiate Hall of Fame was established in 1995 and honors outstanding collegiate players and coaches, as well as players who attended college and later had a significant impact on women’s tennis. The Hall of Fame is located at the College of William and Mary’s McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center, named for the late Mark McCormack, founder of sports marketing giant International Management Group, and his wife, former tennis pro Betsy Nagelsen.

The following is biographical information on each of the inductees:

A native of Bloomington, Ill., Courtney Allen captured the Illinois state high school doubles title in 1982 with partner Jill Joslin; the pair compiled a perfect 40-0 record in their senior year. Recruited by Division I schools, Allen chose to attend Principia College outside St. Louis, working with coach Lyn Gerber DeLaney. As a freshman in 1984, Allen won the NCAA Division III singles and doubles championships, earning national ITA Rookie of the Year honors.

Allen successfully defended her singles title as a sophomore, and reached the doubles final; she won the doubles title again and was a singles finalist as a junior. As a senior, she again swept the singles and doubles championships and was named the national ITA Senior Player of the Year. Allen turned pro after college, touring abroad and earning a world ranking in both singles and doubles. Now the owner and director of tennis at CAO Academy outside Atlanta, Allen was inducted into the Principia College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.

David Borelli served as women’s tennis coach at the University of Southern California from 1974 to 1988, winning seven national team championships and earning Wilson/ITANational Collegiate Coach of the Year honors in 1981. As an undergraduate, Borelli played on the USC men’s tennis team, earning the USC Outstanding Senior Scholar Athlete Award in 1974. He began his coaching career while attending USC Law School, from which he earned a J.D. in 1977.

While at USC, Borelli guided individual players to five national collegiate singles titles and one doubles titles; 25 of his players earned a total of 56 ITA All-America honors. He went on to work as a USTA professional tour coach, mentoring such Top 100 players as Mardy Fish in their rookie careers. In 2002, Borelli became head coach of women’s tennis at Texas Christian University, leading his teams from No. 56 to No. 15 in the national rankings. Coach of the TCU men’s team from 2006-2010, Borelli returned as head coach of the TCU women’s team in July 2010.

The first woman to receive a full athletic scholarship at the University of Southern California, Barbara Hallquist DeGroot captured the NCAA singles title in both 1976 and 1977 and played on four national championship teams under Coach David Borelli. Ranked No. 1 in Southern California as a junior player, Hallquist won two national USTA junior titles, and nine national USTA titles overall. She was a co-recipient of the USTA Girls’ Sportsmanship Trophy in 1975.

At USC, Hallquist was a four-time ITA All-American, named Outstanding Female Senior Student-Athlete in 1979 and winning the USC Post Graduate Scholarship Award. Turning pro after college and attaining a career high world ranking of No. 30, she competed in all four Grand Slam events and reached the quarterfinals in singles at the 1980 U.S. Open. From 1985-88, Hallquist served as USC assistant coach, helping guide the team to the 1985 NCAA team championship. She now serves as women’s tennis coach at Cate School in Carpinteria, California.

Twice named Wilson/ITA Division III Coach of the Year, Ed Hegmann began his distinguished career at the University of Mary Washington in 1976, serving as both women’s tennis coach and director of athletics. A native of Pittsburgh, Hegmann had considered a professional baseball career while an undergraduate at Bucknell University, then switched his focus to tennis as a graduate student. He earned an M.S. from Springfield College and an Ed.D. from Temple University.

As UMW’s tennis coach from 1976 to 1999, Hegmann guided his teams to three national championships in 1982, 1988 and 1991, and nine straight conference championships from 1991-99. He coached 18 All-Americans and 10 conference players of the year, as well as 1991 ITA Division III Senior Player of the Year, Christy Copper. As athletic director, he developed UMW’s program from six women’s varsity sports to 23 men’s and women’s teams, and was honored as the NACDA Southeast Region Athletic Director of the Year in 2010.

An outstanding junior player, Indianapolis native Carrie Meyer Richardson captured three national USTA titles in the early 1970s in the Girls 18 category. Recruited by women’s tour pioneer Peachy Kellmeyer to Marymount College (now Lynn University) in Florida, Meyer went undefeated in match play during her freshman year. In the spring of 1974, she won the women’s national collegiate singles championship in a thrilling three-set battle.

Turning professional after her collegiate victory, Meyer played for eight years on the women’s tour, reaching a career high world ranking of No. 14. She also competed in World Team Tennis as a member of the Indiana Loves. From 1982 to 1984, Meyer served as women’s tennis coach at Purdue University while earning her bachelor’s degree. Remaining active in tennis as a U.S. coach for international junior competition and a supporter of Indiana junior tennis, Meyer was inducted into the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2005.

Ranked No. 1 in the world in doubles in 1977 along with Rosie Casals, JoAnne Russell honed her game under the guidance of 1952 William and Mary graduate Tommy Boys, a teaching pro in Naples, Florida. At Trinity University, Russell played on two national championship teams and won the collegiate doubles title in 1975 with Donna Stockton. Going pro after her junior year, Russell captured the Wimbledon doubles title in 1977 with Helen Gourlay, beating the top-seeded Martina Navratilova and Betty Stove.

From 1980-90, Russell also served as a tennis commentator for NBC, ESPN and other major networks, appearing alongside such well-known figures as Mary Carillo and Pam Shriver. She also continued to compete at the master’s level, scoring a victory in 35-and-over doubles at Wimbledon with partner Betsy Nagelsen and winning three U.S. Open Master Series titles. She served as assistant women’s tennis coach at the University of Illinois from 1998-2005 and earned ITA Assistant Coach of the Year honors in 1998 for the Big 10 Conference. Russell currently works as a teaching pro at the Riviera in Palm Springs, Calif.

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