For Sewanee men's tennis coach JOHN SHACKELFORD, the 2004 college tennis season is his 19th season at the helm of the nationally-ranked University of the South tennis program.
He has coached 13 All-Americans and 69 all-conference players (33 in the CAC; 36 in the SCAC). His teams have advanced to the NCAA Division III tournament 13 times—including the last five years—won seven conference championships and have also been listed in the ITA top 10 on four occasions.
The 2003 Tigers were 14-9, advanced to the round of 32 in the NCAA Division III tournament and were ranked No. 21 in the ITA poll in late April.
For a career, Shackelford is 283-165 (63.2%).
Shackelford has won the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Coach of the Year award on two occasions:
° 2001 as the Tigers were 18-7
° 1993 as Shackelford led the Tigers to the conference team championship.
Shackelford is the chairman of the NCAA Men and Women's Tennis Committee, assists with the nationally recognized Sewanee women’s tennis program and also directs the highly successful Tiger Tennis Camp for juniors and adults each June at The Domain in Sewanee.
A native of Asheville, N.C., he has a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington in physical education (1983) and has a masters degree in P.E. from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga (1987). He played tennis at Asheville High School and UNC-Wilmington and held a No. 1 Southern doubles ranking with Pat Guerry in the late 1980s.
John and his wife, Conchie, live in Sewanee with their four daughters; She and her husband John, who serves as Sewanee's men's coach, have four children; Avery, 11, Sadie, 10, and Michaela, 8 and Tessa, 2.
Conchie is the Sewanee women's tennis head coach has has a 17-year record of 291-118. Their combined college coaching record:546-265 (67.3%)
Shackelford’s goal as coach of the Tiger Tennis program has always been to instill a sense of family within the team.
“Those who have gone before us have left a legacy of commitment and success. We hope to build on those traditions and make our hard work and dedication an important part of each student-athlete’s Sewanee experience. Our athletic experience provides us with a unique opportunity to test ourselves in a variety of ways. We seek to meet those challenges and grow from them.’’
° 12 years in the NCAA Division tournament; 1988-89-90-93-95-96-97-98-2000-01-02-03
° 4, top 10 finishes in the final ITA national rankings
° 7 conference championships; 1986-88-89-90-91-93-97.
ALL-AMERICANS (12) :
Coach Shackelford has coaches 13 All-Americans in 18 seasons.
° Pat Guerry, Four-time All-American, 1986-87-88-89
° K.C. Horne, Four-time All-American, 1993-94-95-96
° Stephen Jackson, All-American in 1993
° Brian Morrow, All-American in 1994, 1995
° Adam Kent, All-American in 2002
° Jason Abraham, All-American in 2003
National Senior Player of the Year
° Pat Guerry, 1989
ITA Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship Award
°Pat Guerry, 1988
ITA National Scholar-Athlete
° Pat Guerry, 1988,1989
ITA National Rookie of the Year
°Pat Guerry, 1986
° K.C. Horne, 1993
NCAA National Singles Semifinalist
° Pat Guerry, 1986
Conference Player of the Year
° K.C. Horne, 1995 SCAC Player of the Year
John & Conchie Shackelford -
Together, the Shackelford's have produced:
° 31 All-Americans
° 71 All-SCAC Players
° 10 Conference Team Championships
° CAC (5), WIAC (2), SCAC (3)
° 3 National Senior Players of the Year
° 2 SCAC Players of the Year
° 9 ITA National Scholar Athletes
° 3 SCAC Coach of the Year Awards
° 1 ITA South Atlantic Region Coach of the Year Award.
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