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2008 Inductee Stan Dlugosz

December 10, 2007 05:33 PM

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


 

 

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