BELTON TENNIS
INFORMATION

SC TENNIS
HALL OF FAME

 
 

Paul Scarpa
Greenville, SC
Inducted November 1, 1986

HE HAD AN OUTSTANDING JUNIR CAREER IN HIS HOMEOWEN OF CHARLESTON. HE WON VIRTUALLY EVERY TITLE AVAILABLE AT THAT TIME INCLUDING THE PALMETTO CHAMPIONSHIPS 18 AND UNDER BOYS’S TITLE IN 1957, THE TOURNAMENT’S FIRST YEAR.

HE WON THE STATE HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHOP AND WAS RANKED #1 IN SOUTH CAROLINA AND #4 IN THE SOUTH. HE WAS AWARDED THE SOUTHERN SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD AS AN 18-YEAR-OLD.

HE ATTENDED FLORIDA STATE WHERE HE PLAYED #1 SINGLES AND DOUBLES AND BECAME THE EASTERN INTERCOLLEGIATE CHAMPION IN BOTH EVENS.

AFTER COLLEGE HE WORKED FOR THE CHARLESTON PLAYGROUND DEPARTMENT WHERE HE DEVELOPED A TRAVEL AND PRACTICE TEAM WHICH WON ALMOST EVERY DIVISION IN THE STATE TOURNAMENT.

FOLLOWING HIS WORK IN CHARLESTON HE BECAME THE HEAD TENNIS COACH AT FLORIDA STATE AND LATER AT THE U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY. HE MOVED TO GREENVILLE IN 1966 TO WORK AS HEAD TENNIS PROFESSIONAL AT THE GREENVILLE COUNTRY CLUB AND HEAD TENNIS COACH AT FURMAN UNIVERSITY.

WHILE AT THE GREENVILLE COUNTRY CLUB HE COACHED 23 PLAYERS WITH STATE, SOUTHERN OR NATIONAL RANKINGS IN ONE YEAR ALONE. ONE OF HIS BEST PUPLIS WAS NANCY YEARGIN WHO WENT ON TO PLAY ON THE WOMEN’S PROFESSIONAL CIRCUIT.

HE HAS BEEN NAMES “PRO OF THE YEAR” IN BOTH THE STATE AND THE SOUTH.

HE HAS SERVED AS VICE PRESIDENT OF THE SOUTHERN PROFESSIONAL TENNIS ASSOCIATION.

HE DEVELPED AND BUILT SHADOW OAKS RACQUET CLUB IN GREENVILLE. HE ALSO DEVELOPED AND PATENTED A NEW TYPE MARKING TAPE FOR CLAY COURTS, “TENTEX” TENNIS TAPES.

HE LEFT GREENVILLE COUNTRY CLUB IN 1973 TO DEVOTE MORE TIME TO THE PROGRAM AT FURMAN. HIS FURMAN TEAMS HAVE WON OVER 450MATCHES WITH LIMITED SCHOLARSHIPS AND WON 6 SOUTHERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS, INCLUDEING BOTH 1986 & 1987.

HE HAS BEEN NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR IN THE SOUTHERN CONFERENCE 5 TIMES AND COACH OF THE YEAR IN THE SOUTH ONCE.

HE HAS SERVED ON THE NCAA SELECTION COMMITTEE AND THE NCAA ETHICS COMMITTEE.

HE WAS THE FIRST TO ORGANIZE A JUNIOR TENNIS CAMP ON A COLLEGE CAMPUS IN THE STATE AND IS NOW IN HIS NINTEENTH UYEAR OF HOSTING THE FURMAN TENNIS CAMP.

HE IS THE NATIN’S WINNINGEST TENNIS COACH ON THE COLLEGIATE LEVEL WITH OVER 500 VICTORIES IN HIS 28 YEARS.

 
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