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  Jeff Kefalos


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JEFF KEFALOS HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN SOUTH CAROLINA TENNIS THE PAST 40 YEARS AS A COLLEGE PLAYER, COACH AND TEACHING PROFESSIONAL AND AS THE DIRECTOR OF A MAJOR TENNIS CENTER.

AS A COLLEGE PLAYER:JEFF ARRIVED IN COLUMBIA FROM WEST VIRGINIA IN 1972 TO PLAY FOR THE GAMECOCKS. HE WAS NAMED THE TEAM MVP FOUR TIMES AND TEAM CAPTAIN THREE TIMES.

  KHIS OTHER ACCOMPLISHMENTS INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

  • KEFALOS WAS A FINALIST FOR THE 1976 RAFAEL OSUNA AWARD WHICH RECOGNIZES OUTSTANDING SPORTSMANSHIP AND CONTRIBUTIONS IN COLLEGIATE TENNIS.
  • KNOWN FOR HIS OUTSTANDING GROUNDSTROKES AND RETURN OF SERVE JEFF COMPILED A 104-14 SINGLES MARK AND 81-15 DOUBLES RECORD DURING HIS CAREER. HE RANKS SECOND IN CAREER DOUBLES VICTORIES AND SIXTH IN CAREER SINGLES VICTORIES AT SOUTH CAROLINA.
  • GRADUATED FROM CAROLINA IN 1976 AS A SCHOLAR-ATHLETE.

AS A COACH:

  • AFTER GRADUATION HE BECAME THE COACH OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA WOMEN'S TEAM IN 1977.
  • DURING JEFF'S SIX SEASONS AS HEAD COACH HIS TEAMS COMPILED A 127-34 RECORD AND WERE RANKED 12TH OR HIGHER IN THE NATION FIVE TIMES.
  • HE WAS ONE OF FOUR FINALISTS FOR THE 1982 NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD AFTER LEADING THE TEAM TO A 28-3 RECORD.
  • JEFF RETURNED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA WHEN HE JOINED COACH KENT DEMARS' MEN'S STAFF FOR THE 1993-94 SEASON.
  • HE WAS NAMED 1998 ITA NATIONAL ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR.
  • DURING HIS 16 SEASONS AS THE MEN'S ASSISTANT COACH HE WAS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE RECRUITING AND DEVELOPMENT OF MANY OF THE PROGRAM'S BEST PLAYERS.
  • KEFALOS HAS HELPED MENTOR TWO ALL-AMERICAN'S , ONE ITA SCHOLAR ALL-AMERICAN AND FIVE STUDENT ATHLETES WHO EARNED A TOTAL OF 10 ALL-SEC HONORS. AS A TENNIS PROFESSIONAL AND DIRECTOR OF TENNIS:
  • HE BECAME DIRECTOR OF THE COLUMBIA TENNIS CENTER IN 1977, A YEAR AFTER HIS COLLEGE GRADUATION. HE HELD DUAL RESPONSIBILITIES COACHING THE GAMECOCKS AND SERVING AS THE DIRECTOR AT CTC.
  • JEFF'S RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE DIRECTING THE CITY'S ADULT AND JUNIOR TENNIS LEAGUES AS WELL AS HOSTING AND DIRECTING SEVERAL LARGE STATE, SECTIONAL AND NATIONAL TOURNAMENTS.
  • HE HAS BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN DEVELOPING TOP JUNIOR TALENT IN THE MIDLANDS, MANY WHO ACHIEVED HIGH STATE, SECTIONAL AND NATIONAL RANKING AND EARNED COLLEGE TENNIS SCHOLARSHIPS.
  • KEFALOS IS A CHARTER MEMBER AND PAST TREASURER OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA PROFESSIONALS' TENNIS ASSOCIATION.

JEFF WAS INDUCTED INTO THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME IN 2011.

 

 
 
 
 
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