Sammie Courington Inducted into
Hardin-Simmons Hall of Fame
Hardin-Simmons Athletic Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2004 and it includes Sammie Courington, an active member of our tennis association. Sammie was inducted in a ceremony at the Ambassador Suites on Friday October 29.
A four-year letterman, Courington played the number one position his last three years. During his four years, the Cowboys won 68 while losing only 26 team matches. During his college career, he posted singles records of 15-8, 16-9, 15-4, and 12-10. He was named the team's Most Valuable Player in 1974 and again in 1975. That year the team posted a record of 24 wins and 9 losses and were invited to the Division I National Championships. He was named as an Outstanding College Athlete of America in 1975. Courington earned a Master's degree from HSU in 1989.
An outstanding coaching career has seen him elected as the 1992 Class 4A Texas Coach of the Year and 1994 Jr. High State Coach of the Year by the Texas Association of Tennis Coaches. He is the only person to have been so honored at both levels.
Since the inception of U.I.L. Team Tennis for AAAA in 1983, his Brownwood High School teams have gone to the regional tournament 16 of the twenty years. Twelve of those 16 years as the District Champions and ten of those 12 years were in a row. The last District Championship coming in 2002. While at Brownwood High, he has coached five State Champions, 11 State qualifiers, and 142 Regional qualifiers.
In 1996, 1998, 2002, and 2004 he was named to Who's Who Among America's Teachers. Currently, he is the Head Tennis Coach at Stony Point High School in Round Rock, Texas.