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CARL ABBOTT

Trenton native Carl Abbott became a tennis enthusiast relatively late in life. After a 43-year career in education and 30 years coaching soccer and basketball, he began playing tennis in 1980 and became an avid ambassador for his adopted sport.

Even though Carl does not like to tell his age, it is "written" that he graduated from Trenton High School in 1932 and from Trenton State College with a B.S. in Business in 1937. Carl taught and coached varsity basketball for one year at Penns Grove Regional High School and continued his career in education at Kuser Annex until 1942, when he was drafted and joined the Army Air Corps. He left the Air Force as Lieutenant Colonel in 1946. He was a guidance counselor, as well as the soccer and basketball coach, at Hamilton West High School until 1984. Even though his responsibilities at school kept him very busy, he continued his education at Rutgers University, where he received a Master’s degree in educational administration in 1949 and a Doctor’s Equivalency diploma in 1951.

Carl, a fun-loving guy with a great sense of humor, always had a plan in hand. He was determined to learn everything he could about the game of tennis. Initially he took lessons from Bill Stoner and Phyllis Devlin and later from Moe Keating. Carl calls himself a "journeyman" in tennis and believes that many people who start tennis do not give the sport a fair shot. "In one lesson, they want to hit a forehand, a backhand and a serve. They get disappointed, but it does not work that way. Men are the worst – they want instant results." Carl compares learning the game of tennis to learning a musical instrument, which he experienced early in life when he took trumpet lessons. "Practice, practice, practice is the only way to becoming a better player."

By combining his belief that once you know how to teach, you can teach almost anything and once you know how to coach, you can coach any sport, Carl has been introducing and teaching tennis for free to a multitude of people on Hamilton Township public tennis courts.

Carl was a charter member of the Kuser Tennis League and was honored in 1998 for his commitment and devotion to tennis, when Hamilton Township dedicated the Veterans’ Park Tennis Complex to him, proclaiming that "Mr. Abbott, a lifelong resident of Hamilton has inspired many young adults as a teacher in the school system and as a coach of his beloved sport of tennis and that Mr. Abbott is held in very high public esteem as a gentleman, an athlete and a role model."

Education and Career Highlights
1937 Graduated from Trenton State College with a BS in business
1942 – 1946 Served in the Army Air Corps
1949 Graduated from Rutgers with a Masters degree in educational administration
1946 – 1984 Taught and coached at Hamilton West

Authorized by the Hamilton Township Recreation Department, Carl set up and led Saturday morning tennis clinics
for adults at Veterans’ Park for many years

Awards
1995 Inducted into the Mercer County Soccer Hall of Fame
1998 Veterans’ Park Tennis Complex dedicated to Carl Abbott by Hamilton Township

STAN DLUGOSZ

Stan Dlugosz may not have taken up tennis until his late twenties, but the sport has played a central role in his life for more than 40 years. For one, he met his wife, Nancy, and best friend and doubles partner, Marty Devlin, through the sport. Stan proved to be one of those rare individuals who has been able to enjoy considerable success in tennis both as a player and as a coach. A natural athlete and born teacher, he has conducted numerous camps, clinics and leagues and competed extensively in both singles and doubles. With Marty, he achieved a national top 10 ranking in men’s doubles 55-and-over in 1992.

Stan’s most memorable starring role in tennis, however, was his 35-year tenure as men’s tennis coach at Mercer County Community College. His recent retirement from that post truly marked the end of an era. Stan essentially created the men’s tennis program and amassed 297 wins in dual matches. Under his leadership, the MCCC team qualified and went to the Nationals approximately 25 times, enjoying their best showing (third place) in 2006. This year’s team placed 8th in the nation. Adding special significance to Stan’s final season was the fact that he coached his best friend’s son, All-American, Kyle Devlin.

That the Philadelphia, PA native should have chosen to focus so much on tennis is particularly remarkable when one considers his success in other sports. His athletic performance in high school led to a soccer and baseball scholarship at Drexel, where he was a two-time All-American and three-time All-Middle Atlantic Conference pick. Stan played professional soccer for a number of years, helped his teams win league and national titles, and toured Europe as a member of an all-star team. He later started the soccer team at MCCC, coaching it for 20 years and leading the team to two national titles. An accomplished skier, Stan was a long-time member of the Ski Patrol at Vermont’s Mt. Snow, his second home. The past five years, he has been a Mountain Ambassador there.

A multi-talented individual, Stan has excelled off-court as well. He holds engineering degrees from Drexel and Lehigh, and enjoyed a distinguished career as a teacher of Civil Engineering at MCCC (1962-2000). He continues to share his knowledge with MCCC students one night a week.

Like many lifelong competitors, Dlugosz has undergone surgeries for hip and ankle conditions. Don’t expect these to keep him off the tennis courts: he has offered to help his successor at MCCC, Marc Vechiolla, and plans to team up with Marty Devlin for some men’s 70s doubles tournaments in 2008.

Stan and Nancy live in Morrisville, PA. They have two sons, Bret and Todd.

HIGHLIGHTS

Born November 12, 1937, Philadelphia, PA

Education
1960 - Civil Engineering degree from Drexel University
1962 - Masters degree in Engineering from Lehigh University
Holds Professional Engineering and Professional Land Surveyor licenses in Pennsylvania

Career Highlights
1992 - Top 10 national doubles, Men’s 55-and-over
1972-2007 - 35 years as coach of the Mercer County Community College Men’s Tennis team

Awards
1995 Inducted into the Mercer County Soccer Hall of Fame
1996 Inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Men’s Tennis Hall of Fame
2005 NJCAA’s Hershel Stephens Award for outstanding contributions to NJCAA tennis
2007 Sportsmanship Award at the Cryan Memorial Tennis Tournament

LOUISE GENGLER

Louise Gengler began her tennis career while growing up in Long Island with her six brothers and sisters. She played many sports but, like her sisters, focused on tennis at an early age. She was coached by Eddie Moylan at the Piping Rock Club and joined her sisters on the Eastern Tennis Association and National USTA junior circuits. As a junior, Louise’s best rankings were #1 in the Eastern 16s singles and #1 in the Eastern 18s doubles. As an adult she and her sister Margie reached #7 in the USTA women’s doubles rankings.

In 1971, Louise followed her sister Margie to Princeton University and pursued several sports. She was captain of an undefeated field hockey team in 1974 and played on Princeton’s first women’s ice hockey team. In tennis, Louise was undefeated in dual match play all four years of her collegiate career. She played under Eve Kraft her first two years and captained the tennis team her senior year, helping them toward an undefeated 31-0 record for the same four years. In 1975, Louise received the C. Otto Van Keinbusch Sportswoman of the Year award as Princeton’s most outstanding senior woman athlete.

Following graduation, Louise extended her racket reach to platform tennis, playing on the short-lived professional platform tennis circuit and becoming two-time National Champion, as well as Mixed Doubles Champion with Clark Graebner. In 1979, Louise became Head Coach of Women’s Tennis at Princeton, a position from which she retired after 25 years. Under her leadership, the women’s tennis team won seven Ivy League titles, four Eastern Collegiate titles and appeared in NCAA and AIAW national tournaments six times. Princeton was also consistently represented in the national collegiate rankings, with teams named to ITA All-Academic Teams and individuals recognized annually as ITA Scholar Athletes. Both she and her team remained visible in the community, participating in many outreach programs.

Throughout her career, Louise has maintained a commitment to tennis’ governing organizations. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association from 1983 to 2004, serving as chair of the Women’s Operating Committee and playing an instrumental role in the strides made in collegiate women’s tennis.
She also served on the USTA Collegiate Committee in the 1990s, as well as in 2002 and 2003, was chair of the NCAA Eastern Regional Committee for four years, and served on the NCAA National Tennis Committee for six years.

Since "retirement" as Head Women’s Coach, Louise continues to work for the Princeton Athletic Department as Assistant Director of the Princeton Varsity Club, overseeing the Tigers in Community programs and helping varsity teams with community outreach projects, as well as assisting with student-athlete and alumni programs. She serves on the Boards of the Princeton Tennis Program and the International Tennis Club of USA and is a member of the ITA Endowment and Hall of Fame Committees. She teaches in the Princeton Tennis program as well as privately, and continues to compete.

In 2005, Louise’s achievements were recognized by the International Hall of Fame when she was awarded their Tennis Educational Merit Award.

HIGHLIGHTS
Date of Birth: January 22, 1953

Career
1971-75 Undefeated as member of Princeton University Women’s Tennis Team
1979-2004 Head Coach, Princeton University Women’s Tennis Team
1990s, 2002, 2003 Served on USTA Collegiate Committee
1983-2004 Chair, ITA Women’s Operating Committee,
Member, Board of Directors
2004 ITA All Star Team Women’s Coach
2004-2005 Director of ITA Campus and Community Outreach

Awards
1975 C. Otto Van Keinbusch Sportswoman of the Year
1989 Rolex/ITA Meritorious Service Award
1997 Named Sports Ethics Fellow, Institute for International Sport
1998 Citizen Athlete Award, Princeton University Athletics
2004 USTA/Middle States Coach of the Year
2005 International Tennis Hall of Fame Educational Merit Award

DAVE HAGGERTY

Dave Haggerty has deep roots in tennis in Mercer County and beyond, as he has traveled the world over during his lifelong career in tennis. As an internationally recognized and influential leader in the corporate tennis community and in the national volunteer corps, Dave has been involved in virtually every aspect of tennis - as a player, a teaching professional, a volunteer, and an industry leader. He is truly a tennis Renaissance man.

The youngest son of Dan Haggerty, a tennis pioneer in Mercer County and 2000 inductee in the Mercer County Tennis Hall of Fame, Dave began playing tennis at age six. He excelled on the tennis court and grew to be a nationally ranked junior player and an All-American at George Washington University (Washington, D.C.) playing the #1 singles position for three of four years. And earlier this year, he was inducted into the George Washington University Athletic Hall of Fame. After college, Dave played the professional satellite circuit for a few years and then returned to Mercer County as a teaching professional and Director of Tennis at the former Hamilton Tennis Club.

Dave Haggerty began his career in the tennis industry with Prince in 1980 as Product Manager of Accessories and he worked his way up to General Manager before taking a position at Dunlop as the President of Racquet Sports. Dave was 37 years old at the time and the youngest person ever to be appointed as president of a racquet sports company. He moved to Head in 1998, serving as General Manager and President of Head/Penn Racquet Sports before becoming CEO of Head’s U.S. business. Since 2002, Dave has served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Head USA and Penn Racquet Sports.

Parallel with his professional career, Dave has established himself as a dedicated volunteer – always finding time to give back to the game, serving in many volunteer positions at the section and national levels over the years. He began a two-year term as a Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors in January 2007, and he is a member of the USTA Budget and Strategic Planning Committees. He serves as Board Liaison to the Community Tennis Council–Green Group and he was Chair of the USTA Section Marketing and Public Relations Committee in 2005-06. He started a two-year term as Tennis Industry Association (TIA) President in January 2007. Closer to home, Dave served for six years on the Board of Directors, USTA Middle States Section.

Dave is still an active tennis player. A former Cryan Tournament champion in singles and doubles, he was nationally ranked in singles and doubles in the 45-and-over age division in 2004 and 2005.

Dave Haggerty lives in Pennington with his wife, Patti, and five children.

HIGHLIGHTS

Education
George Washington University

Career
1979-80 Director of Tennis, Hamilton Tennis Club
1980-93 Prince Sports Group
1994-98 President, Dunlop/Slazenger Racquet Sports, U.S. Division
1998-present President/CEO Head USA and Penn Racquet Sports
1998-2007 Member, SGMA Board of Directors
2000-present Executive Officer, Head N.V.
2001-2006 Member, MSTA Board of Directors
2007-present Member, USTA Board of Directors
2007-present President, Tennis Industry Association

Awards
1974 & 1975 Bucks County Courier Times Athlete of the Year Tennis
1975 Pennsylvania State High School Doubles Runners-Up
1977 George Washington University MVP Tennis
1978 George Washington University MVP Tennis
1978 & 1979 Atlantic 10 Singles Champion
1977 & 78 & 79 Atlantic 10 Conference All-Team
1979 George Washington University MVP Tennis
1983 Prince President’s Award
Dec 1991 Benetton Sportsystems Distinguished Service Award
1995 Dunlop/Slazenger Racket Sports Managing Director of the Year Award
Dec 1999 Tennis Buyer’s Guide Top 10 Tennis Executives of the Decade
2001 Head NV Country of the Year Award
Feb 2008 George Washington University Athletic Hall of Fame Induction

JAY LAPIDUS

Jay Lapidus’ Mercer County tennis connections go back to his youth. He grew up in Princeton and started taking tennis lessons at the age of nine from Bill Stoner at the Mercer County Indoor Tennis Center. Stoner remembers Jay as the "best nine-year-old pupil I ever had" and commented that even at that young age, Jay was able to learn a slice serve, a skill usually reserved for older boys. The late Cephas Monnett, a well known tennis instructor, continued to hone Jay’s skills. Jay excelled at The Lawrenceville School as national interscholastic singles champion, winning four state prep titles. By the time Jay came under the coaching of David Benjamin at Princeton University in the fall of 1977, his tennis career was ready to take off.

While at Princeton, Jay captained the men’s tennis team and achieved several national rankings, including the #1 collegiate ranking in his junior year and a #1 USTA ranking in the 21-and-under singles division in 1980. Jay was also designated an All-American three times and was selected for both the U.S. Junior Davis Cup Team and in 1980 for the U.S. Davis Cup team.

Following his graduation from Princeton in 1981, Jay played the ATP tour, reaching a singles ranking high of 34 in the ATP and 29 in World Championship Tennis. His most memorable matches included wins over Jimmy Arias at Wimbledon, Vitas Gerulaitis in Houston, and José Luis Clerc in Hartford. All of these were victories over top 10 players.
In 1984, Jay reached the round of 32 at the U.S. Open, and in 1985 reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open and the round of 32 at Wimbledon.

Jay undertook his first collegiate coaching job in 1987 as an assistant coach at the University of South Carolina, from which he also achieved a Master’s degree in education. For the past twenty years, he has been the head men’s tennis coach at Duke University, achieving an overall coaching record of 362-113. From 1996 to 2004, Jay coached the Blue Devils to an unprecedented 58-match winning streak in ACC regular season play, including seven consecutive perfect 8-0 seasons against conference foes. Jay is a six-time ACC Coach of the year and five-time ITA Region Coach of the Year. Due to Jay’s efforts, Duke has won 15 more NCAA Tournament matches than any other ACC school and has been to the Elite Eight six times. Jay’s team players have represented the University well, earning such awards as ITA National Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship and Leadership Award and the USTA Sportsmanship Award.

Jay is married to former Princeton University tennis player Pia Tamayo; they have one son, Jason.


HIGHLIGHTS

Date of Birth: May 1, 1959, Princeton, New Jersey

Career
1977 National Interscholastic Champion, Lawrenceville School
1980 U.S. #1 Collegiate tennis player
1978-80 - Selected All-American
1980 - Member, U.S. Davis Cup Team
1981 - National #1 21-and-under singles
1981-88 - Played ATP tour, reaching world ranking of #34 (ATP), #29 (WCT)
1984 - Reached round of 32 at U.S. Open
1985 - Reached round of 16 at Australian Open and round of 32 at Wimbledon
1988-present - Head men’s tennis coach, Duke University
1996-2004 - Coached Blue Devils to unprecedented 58-match winning streak in ACC regular season

Awards
1991, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2003 ACC Coach of the Year
1995, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006 ITA Region II Coach of the Year

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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