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UGA legend Magill honored by International Tennis Hall of Fame

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ATHENS -- Former Georgia tennis coach Dan Magill was named a recipient late last week of the Tennis Educational Merit Award presented by the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The award is given annually to individuals who are United States citizens and have made notable contributions in the tennis education field at the national level.

Widely regarded as the most influential man in the history of collegiate tennis, Magill served as Georgia's head tennis coach for 34 years from 1955-1988. He led the Bulldogs to two national championships (1985 and 1987) and remains active in the collegiate tennis community, serving as curator and director of the ITA Men's Collegiate Hall of Fame at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens.

In his 34-year tenure as head coach of the Bulldogs, Magill posted a record of 706-183, which at the time made him the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I history. Magill's teams won a record 13 SEC outdoor championships and eight indoor league titles, while five of his players won national collegiate individual titles.

Magill originated the State Collegiate Championships, the Southern Collegiate Championships -- the oldest fall collegiate tournament in the nation -- and the SEC Indoor Tournament.

In 1996, he was inducted into the Circle of Honor, the UGA Athletic Association's Hall of Fame, and in the fall of 1999 the Sanford Stadium press box was dedicated in his honor. Magill also currently serves as chairman of the ITA Collegiate Hall of Fame Selection Committee.