Formal Induction in January
Longtime Rice men’s tennis coach Ron Smarr has been selected for induction into the North Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame, the North Carolina Tennis Foundation announced on Thursday.
Smarr will join Keith Stoneman in being formally inducted in ceremonies in January of 2012.
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 No. 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. Entering his 15th season at Rice, Smarr has led the Owls to a pair of conference titles and nine consecutive berths in the NCAA Championships.
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.
Prior to coming to Rice, Smarr held similar positions with the University of Colorado, University of South Carolina and Wingate College tennis programs.