GREENSBORO, NC (September 29, 2011) – The North Carolina Tennis Foundation is proud to announce the induction of Keith Stoneman and Ron Smarr into the North Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame. The 2012 class features multiple championship titles, NCAA Coach of the Year honors, more than 850 coaching victories and countless other accolades.
Stoneman, a 1963 graduate of the University of North Carolina, was a Singles Finalist in the ACC Championships (’63) and a two-time ACC Doubles Champion. He captained a Tar Heel squad that lost only three matches his entire four years. He also finished as a Singles Finalist and Doubles Champion at the NCAA Eastern Regional Championships before falling in the semifinals during the NCAA Doubles.
After college Stoneman ended the 1963 season with a national ranking in the 40s and a #2 ranking in the South. He captured the Men’s Closed Singles in South Carolina (’62) and again in North Carolina (’71). He also seized the title of Charlotte City Champion in both singles and doubles.
Stoneman, who once served as the President of the Charlotte Tennis Association and the President of Olde Providence Racket and Swim Club, is the co-founder and organizer of the Father-Son Tennis Tournament at the Charlotte Country Club. The tournament is in its 25th year.
Much like Stoneman, Smarr achieved a tremendous amount of success in college while playing tennis in North Carolina. While at Appalachian State University, the team captain served as the #1 singles and doubles player for a Mountaineer team that ranked in the Top 4 nationally. However most of his success has been attributed to an incredible coaching career.
In 41-years of professional experience as a collegiate coach, Smarr has accumulated 855 career victories which ranks fourth among active Division I coaches. Now serving as the Men’s head coach for Rice University tennis, Smarr has also held similar positions with the University of Colorado, University of South Carolina and Wingate College tennis programs.
In 2004 Smarr was crowned NCAA Division I National Tennis Coach of the Year after finishing as a finalist for the award in 1996 and 1993. He’s also coached 11 NCAA All-Americans during his reign as a standout coach.
Both Stoneman and Smarr will be officially inducted into the North Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame during tennis weekend in January of 2012.
Matt Gottfried, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
NCTF Inducts Stoneman, Smarr into Hall Of Fame