Quinn Connelley

Men's Tennis

Former Rice Coach to Enter Texas Tennis Hall of Fame

Oct. 6, 2011

WACO - Quinn Connelley, who coached Rice to Southwest Conference championships in 19 of his 20 seasons will be one of four inductees who form the Texas Tennis Museum and Hall of Fame's Class of 2011.

Connelley, who graduated from the Rice Institute, coached the Owls from 1934-54, leading the team to unprecedented success. During his career Connelley coached both NCAA singles and doubles champions and guided the team to a runner-up finish at the 1947 NCAA Championship.

Connelley coached singles champions Wilbur Hess (1935) and Frank Guernsey (1983, 1939) as well as doubles champions Sam Match and Bobby Curtis (1947).

In addition to coaching the Owls, Connelley was a Southwest Conference football official.

The Texas Tennis Museum and Hall of Fame will hold its induction gala at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco on Oct. 15. Tickets to the gala can be purchased from the Texas Tennis Museum and Hall of Fame for $45 for members and $60 for non-members. In addition, tables that seat eight may be purchased for $500.

This year's other inductions are Jim Chaffin of Dallas, past president of the United States Tennis Association Texas Section and former ranked Texas player; Dick Landenberger of Dallas, a former No. 1 ranked state and national tennis player who represented the United States in world championships in England, South Africa and Turker; and Ron Woods, director of tennis at the Corpus Christi Country Club for 31 years.

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