ITA WOMEN’S COLLEGIATE TENNIS HALL OF FAME INDUCTS FIVE NEW MEMBERS
Induction ceremony held Nov. 3 at the College of William and Mary
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Winner of all four doubles grand slams Lisa Raymond, who finished the 1992-93 season ranked No. 1 in the ITA singles rankings while playing at the University of Florida, was among this year’s inducted into the ITA Women’s Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame. Also honored at the Nov. 3 ceremony were Raymond’s collegiate coach Andres Brandi, the head coach of the Florida women’s tennis team from 1984-2001, earning ITA National Coach of the Year honors in 1989 and 1996; Carole Loop Herrick of Los Angeles State College, doubles partner of Billie Jean Moffitt (King) in 1963 as the duo claimed the California Intercollegiate Doubles Championship; Dr. Fredrick Ho of Chaffey Community College, who served as the Tournament Chair of the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships for 26 years before serving as Chair Emeritus this year; and the Harold T. Southern family, known as the First Family of Winston-Salem Tennis.
A native of Puerto Rico, Andres Brandi holds the title as the coach with the highest winning percentage (91.5) in NCAA tennis history. Andres Brandi began playing tennis at age 8 as a protégé of Welby Van Horn. After he achieved junior national rankings in all divisions, Trinity University awarded Brandi an athletic scholarship to play for the NCAA Division I Tigers men’s tennis team from 1972 through 1975.
Through years of touring as a pro, Brandi realized his passion was grooming rising stars. In 1984, he accepted the head coach position of the University of Florida’s women’s tennis team, where he cultivated the Gators into a national powerhouse. During his 16 years of leadership, Florida won three NCAA Team championships, six ITA Division I National Women’s Team Indoor championships and 14 Southeastern Conference (SEC) championships. After leaving the Gators, Brandi served as Director of Tennis for IMG at the Evert Tennis Academy, as Partner in the Harold Solomon Tennis Institute, and joined the USTA staff as a national coach in 2010. Brandi and wife Nancy have one son, Chris, who continued the tennis heritage as a coach and member of the 2011 Puerto Rican Davis Cup Team.
Born in Pasadena, Calif., on Christmas Day 1940, Carole Loop (Herrick) began playing tennis at age 12. Before graduating from Pacific High School, she won multiple junior championships throughout Southern California. As a history major attending Los Angeles State College, Loop (Herrick) won numerous singles and doubles tournaments, often playing with or against teammates Billie Jean Moffitt (King) and Carole Caldwell (Graebner). After graduation, Loop (Herrick) competed at Wimbledon in 1962 and 1966. She married tennis pro Philip F. Herrick, Jr. (Chico) in 1967, and became assistant pro at the Congressional Country Club in Maryland until their son Charlie arrived in 1978. Herrick continued to play and coach professionally, retiring in 1992 due to injuries.
Herrick’s talents reach many diverse arenas. As a member of the Washington RunHers, she finished the Boston Marathon in 1979. She is a sports artist and the author of six books on the history of the Washington, D.C. area. Herrick was president of the McLean Historical Society, a member of the Fairfax County History Commission, candidate for Virginia’s House of Delegates in 1997 and 1999 and active in many civic and political enterprises.
As visionary and Chair Emeritus of the ITA/Riviera Women’s All-American Championships, Dr. Frederick Ho continues to play a vital role in its success. Originally from Hong Kong, China, Ho won several local championships and represented his city in the Inter-Port Competition against Macau, winning every singles and doubles match. In 1960 he moved to California to first attend Chaffey Community College, serving as team captain. Turning down a full tennis scholarship at the University of California at Riverside, Ho chose to attend Stanford on a full academic scholarship in preparation for attending medical school at the University of Nebraska.
As a Board Certified Physician of Adult and Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, and an Assistant Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at USC, other than Riviera Club tournaments, Ho no longer competes. Staying involved in tennis, he has helped raise $1.5 million for women’s collegiate tennis and served on several tennis boards and committees, including the USTA Collegiate Varsity Committee. Firmly connected to tennis in Pacific Palisades, Ho toured the world various times attending tennis majors and other well-recognized tournaments, including: the US Open, the French Open, Wimbledon, the Australian Open, the ATP Year-End Championship in Shanghai, the Italian Open, the Swiss Open and the Monte Carlo Open.
The first player to collect three collegiate “grand slam” titles in a single season (1991-92), Pennsylvanian Lisa Raymond had won five USTA National Junior titles before accepting an athletic scholarship to University of Florida. Playing for coach Andy Brandi’s Gators, Raymond helped the team to its very first NCAA Team championship in 1992, and netted the NCAA Singles title in both 1992 and 1993.
Raymond turned pro in 1993 but retired from single play in 2007 to focus on her real passion — doubles. She collected 16 titles with partner Samantha Stosur, including the French Open that crowned Raymond the 13th player in history to have won all four Grand Slams in women’s doubles. Teamed with Liezel Huber in 2011, they triumphed at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, the US Open and Toray Pan Pacific in Tokyo. 2012 was a banner year. With Huber, Raymond tallied her 75th through 78th doubles titles by prevailing in the WTA Championships in Paris, Doha Qatar, Dubai, and Indian Wells. At Wimbledon, she reached the semi-finals with Huber and won the mixed doubles with Mike Bryan then won the Bronze Medal with Bryan at the 2012 London Olympics.
Harold T. and Mildred F. Southern are considered the First Family of Winston-Salem Tennis. This year their gift, a legacy endowment to the ITA Women’s Collegiate Hall of Fame, enriches the program and secures its future.
Harold Southern (10/19/1916 – 9/18/2011) played No. 1 for the Paladins at Furman University and continued playing competitively until he was 90 years old when he was ranked No. 4 nationally. Equally impressive, his professional achievements enabled him to promote, support and contribute in so many ways, especially in North Carolina. In the 1950s and ‘60s, Harold helped bring the Southern Championships to Winston-Salem and was instrumental in establishing Winston-Salem Tennis, Inc.
Mildred didn’t play her first tournament until age 40, but she was consistently a high-ranked senior in singles and doubles. She served as president of the North Carolina Tennis Association, the North Carolina Tennis Foundation and the USTA Southern Tennis Association and organized the first Southern Senior Cup tournament. Mildred and Harold founded the Young Folks Tennis program that provides free lessons to children and funded the building for the North Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame in Greensboro. In recognition of their generous sponsorship, the NCTA’s main offices and Hall of Fame are dedicated in their honor and center court at the Wake Forest Tennis Center was designated the Harold and Mildred Southern Stadium Court.
Daughter of Harold and Mildred, Deborah “Debbie” Leigh Southern was a fierce competitor during her premier junior days in North Carolina and at the University of Tennessee. Now in her 29th season as head coach of women’s tennis at Furman University, Debbie holds the title of “winningest women’s tennis coach in Paladin history” and in 2004 was inducted into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame.
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 official site of the ITA Women’s Collegiate Hall of Fame is http://web.wm.edu/tenniscenter/sitedirectory.html?svr=www.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held Saturday, November 3, 2012 at the Mason School of Business, on the William and Mary campus. Betsy Nagelsen officially inducteed the new members.
As the governing body of collegiate tennis, the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community. The ITA, which is comprised of nearly 1,700 men's and women's varsity coaches representing over 1,200 institutions, administers numerous regional and national championships and the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings for over 20,000 college varsity student-athletes at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior College levels. The ITA also has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics, leadership and sportsmanship. The official ITA web site is www.itatennis.com.