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State Tennis Legends Get Inducted into SC Athletic Hall of Fame

December 17, 2009 02:36 PM

   Grand Slam champion Stan Smith of Hilton Head and Furman Head Tennis Coach Paul Scarpa were announced as two of eight inductees to the 2010 South Carolina Hall of Fame Class.  Both Smith and Scarpa will be inducted in May of 2010 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

   Stan Smith captured the 1971 U.S. Open singles and 1972 Wimbledon singles titles.  He also won 54 doubles championships, including five grand slams, with partner Bob Lutz.  Smith has appeared in the Davis Cup ten times and was a three-time All-American collegiate player at the University of Southern California.  Smith has left his mark on South Carolina tennis with his world-famous Smith Stearns Academy in Hilton Head, SC.  Alongside Billy Stearns, Stan Smith has worked tirelessy for the USTA and trained many up and coming tennis players.

   As the head coach at Furman University, Paul Scarpa is the winningest active Division-I head coach in the United States with 835 wins.  Scarpa has coached at Furman for 43 years and won 14 Southern Conference titles.  In 1993, the NCAA began utilizing a dual match scoring system which was developed by Scarpa.  Outside of college tennis, Scarpa also runs a highly regarded summer tennis camp that has attracted some of the region's top tennis players.  Paul Scarpa is a native of Charleston, SC and was a top singles and doubles player at Florida State University.

   Stan Smith and Paul Scarpa are both members of the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame, being inducted in 1985 and 1986, respectively.  The South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame is located in Belton, SC and is available to the public Wednesdays-Saturdays.