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Long-Term Bluffton High School Coach Set to Retire

Coach_BrownCoach Robert “Bob” Brown will be hanging up his whistle after 12 years of serving as a USTA No-Cut Coach for the boys and girls at Bluffton High School.

During his tenure, Coach Brown led 8 teams to win South Carolina High School League Regional titles and coached 2 Allstate players at BHS. He also founded the Bluffton Open Tennis Tournament which has run for over 11 years. Brown groomed players for collegiate tennis and for the United States Tennis Association Tennis on Campus program. As of 2016, 12 of his players went on to play collegiate tennis.

Coach Brown served for 13 years as the JTT Local League Coordinator, and as President for Public Tennis Incorporated, his local Community Tennis Association.  In 2016 he was selected as the National High School No-Cut All Star Team from USTA, and also received the USTA Southern No-Cut Coach Starfish Award.

To Coach Brown, teaching tennis is more than feeding and hitting balls to players. He promotes tennis as a family sport that can be played for a lifetime, focusing on the value of dignity, humility and selflessness. He encourages players to give back through community service and is an advocate for off-season play. He was even known to set up clinics for additional on-court time. 

“Coaches like Bob Brown a rare gift. He sees the whole landscape and continually builds and develops opportunities for his players to excel and enjoy tennis,” said Graham Cox, Executive Director of USTA South Carolina. “We appreciate Coach Brown’s many years of service to the tennis community and wish him the best in his retirement.”

Although he is retiring from the school, Coach Brown plans to continue coaching kids in Georgia on a part-time basis.