Articles by Dan
About Dan Magill
Dan Magill is one of the great men of tennis - and a true
ambassador of the game of college tennis. Magill retired as the
all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I history. He is the
recipient of the two most prestigious awards available to college
coaches: ITA National Coach of the Year (1980), and the J.D. Morgan
In 34 years as coach of the Bulldogs, Magill had a career record of
706-183, winning 13 SEC championships and two national titles (1985,
1987). His teams featured fifteen All-Americans. The 1985 team
was the first to achieve the "hat trick" of collegiate tennis,
finishing #1 in the final team rankings, with the #1 singles player
(Mikael Pernfors), and the #1 doubles team (Pernfors and Allen
Magill is also known for building over time what has been described
as the best college tennis complex in the nation - a facility
appropriately named the
Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
This complex has been the home to 23 men's and 3 women's NCAA Division
I championships - including both the 2004 and 2005 women's events.
Magill is also the author of two outstanding books -
and Match Pointers,
and he writes a regular sports column for the
Magill and his wife Rosemary still live in Athens, GA where Magill
is the curator of the ITA Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame. The Magills
have three children: Dr. Ham Magill, Mrs. William Brown and Mrs.
Al Parker: A Most Amazing and Courageous Athlete
Back injuries have hampered or terminated the careers of many a great tennis player, like world champions Jack Kramer, Tony Trabert and Lew Hoad. They also impacted the winningest U.S. junior player of all time - Georgia's Middleton Albert (Al) Parker, Jr. Parker won a still-standing record of 25 USTA junior titles (13 in doubles and 12 in singles).
Recipe for Excitement? Seven Points and No-Ad
Certainly one of the greatest things ever to happen in
tennis was the invention of the tie-breaker and no-ad scoring
systems that prevent sets from lasting almost forever.
Two true tennis "blue-bloods" were responsible for
these improvements: the late James Van Alen (Newport, RI) and
Frank Van Rensselaer (King of Prussia, PA).