The ITA expresses its condolences and deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Dan Magill, 1989 ITA Men’s Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame inductee, who passed away at the age of 93 on Aug. 23, 2014.
With the passing of Dan Magill, college tennis has lost its greatest champion and its greatest friend.
There are no words adequate to express the great debt we all owe to Dan, who dedicated his passion and genius, for more than half a century, to coaching and promoting the sport of tennis. Very few individuals, in any field and in any era, manage to achieve such extraordinary results, and have such an enormous impact on so many people – student-athletes, coaches, and sports fans.
Although Dan’s tennis contributions were both legion and legendary, his leadership role with two special programs must be highlighted: 1) in 1977 as the Chair of the NCAA Tennis Committee, Dan was instrumental in creating the first real “Team Championships.” Most fittingly, this great event was hosted by the University of Georgia and was a sell-out success due to his extraordinary ability as a promoter and the dedication of citizens of Athens to their beloved coach and Bulldogs; 2) in 1983, Dan single-handedly launched the ITA Men’s Hall of Fame (housed most appropriately at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex). It was only a year ago that he retired as its Curator and the guardian of a unique collection of photos and tennis memorabilia of the greats of college tennis, from the last decades of the 19th Century to the present.
“On a personal level, it was a great privilege (and great fun) to have teamed up with Dan on so many projects and programs for close to forty years,” ITA Executive Director David Benjamin said. “I treasured every minute of our partnership and friendship, and will miss Dan terribly.”