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Furman's Coach Scarpa Sets Division I Record

March 18, 2009 06:50 PM

Furman men’s tennis coach Paul Scarpa surpassed a milestone, becoming the sport’s winningest coach in NCAA Division I history with his 820th victory. Scarpa took the record when the Paladins defeated Yale, 6-1, at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center to give the coach of 45 years the all-time mark.

“This record is a great thing for our team and all the players who have been part of this program,” said Scapa. “I am happy because it makes all those who have gone to Furman, tennis players or not, proud to be a part of history. Most of all, I’m glad we won. This was not an easy match but we played very hard. Yale is a great place to play with a tremendous tennis heritage.”

Scarpa was a 2006 inductee into the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame.

In his 46th season (43 at Furman), Scarpa's record was an epic 821-512 (.616) when he passed former University of Hawaii coach Jim Schwitters.

Here is a congratulatory statement from the Furman men's tennis web site: "That Scarpa has managed this at Furman, a small liberal arts school in Greenville, S.C., only underlines the magnitude of the achievement. Furman does not resemble the tennis factories in California and Florida. There are only 2,600 undergraduates, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1. Average SAT scores are in the 1,200s at the academically challenging school. Scarpa consistently wins with players who aren't heavily recruited by the top-ranked schools, if at all."

 

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