2010 Inductee

Paul Xanthos

Paul Xanthos

The late great Paul Xanthos, also known as the Wizard of Winnetka, amassed a remarkable 550-94 win-loss record during a 28-year career as the Pierce College tennis coach. During Xanthos' tenure at Pierce, he led teams to 23 conference championships, and experienced winning streaks of ninety six, fifty, thirty seven and twenty seven wins in a row. Coach Xanthos passed away on June 12, 2006.

Xanthos wrote numerous articles and books on tennis and conducted tennis seminars worldwide. He was a charter member of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Education and Research Committee, and was instrumental in founding the United States Tennis Associationís National Tennis Teachers Conference.

His awards include the United States Tennis Association Award of Merit in 1974, the California Coaches Association Tennis Coach of the Year in 1979, the USPTA California Division Coach of the Year, 1981-1984, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Community College Coach of the Year in 1988, and the National Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Texas in 1989. In 1994, he was named the USPTA Coach of the Year and was also inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Hall of Fame. Xanthos was also an USPTA honorary member and Master Professional.