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ETSU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dave Mullins to be inducted into Tennessee Tennis Hall of Fame
Monday, January 31, 2005
Mullins will join a group of inductees that include Thay Butchee, Geoge McIntosh and John Nixon of
"I am honored to have been selected for the Tennessee Tennis Hall of Fame, particularly because my 40 plus years of involvement in this great sport have given me so much fun and so many great relationships," Mullins said. "Having loved the competition myself as a player, I have enjoyed even more the chance to coach so many great college players and teach so many young people and adults. Seeing my players succeed and watching beginners improve and get so much from the sport has been reward in itself.
"This award is just icing on the cake. While running events and raising money has been a demanding part of my job, the life-long friends I've gained and the growth of the sport in our community have been very gratifying. Now that I'm not on the court coaching 8 or 10 hours a day because of my new job, I really look forward to the once or twice a week I actually get to play again."
While he has enjoyed his position as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at
Individual Buccaneers garnered numerous All-Conference awards, national and regional rankings under Mullins' guidance. Mullins' squads at ETSU also excelled academically, with nine players earning ITA Academic All-America honors and the squad receiving ITA Academic All-America Team recognition in 1999 and 2002. Prior to ETSU, Mullins was the head coach at
Whether through coaching championship teams, instructing amateur players through private lessons, or developing organizations that promote the game, Mullins has always believed in the positive influence that tennis can provide to a community. For example, Mullins founded the Roane County Tennis Association in 1972 and worked closely with Rogers McCall to begin the Mountain Empire Tennis Association (META) in
Through his tennis camps at
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