Smith To Be Inducted Into College Hall Of Fame

March 5, 2010 04:31 PM

USTA Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Gordon Smith leads seven men with Southern connections into the College Men’s Tennis Hall of Fame. The 2010 class to be inducted May 26 at Athens, Ga., home of the Hall of Fame. The induction will take place during the NCAA DI National Championships being held in Athens.

Smith, a former standout player at Georgia, will be inducted into the Contributor category.

Others inductees with Southern connections are:
Mahesh Bhupathi (Ole Miss)
Daniel Courcol (Miss. State)
Zan Guerry (Rice and Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Rodney Harmon (Tennessee/SMU)

Jay Lapidus (Princeton/Duke)

Kent DeMars (South Carolina)

Other players
Craig Tiley (Illinois)
Leif Shiras (Princeton)
Steve Wilkinson (Gustavus Adolphus College)

Players must have finished their career 15 years prior to induction. Coaches must have completed their coaching career prior to induction. Contributors have no time restrictions before they can be inducted.

Smith was named USTA Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer effective November 1, 2007. 

In his new position, Smith leads the USTA’s effort to accomplish its mission to promote and develop the growth of tennis and oversee the operations of the USTA and the functioning of the USTA’s national office.

Smith assumed the senior staff position at the USTA, upon the retirement of current USTA Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, D. Lee Hamilton.

Smith has long been connected to tennis as both a player and a volunteer. He played competitively as a junior and captained a University of Georgia team that swept four straight Southeastern Conference titles from 1971 through 1975. He was the SEC doubles champion in 1975.

Smith has been an active member of the USTA Southern Section since 1992, most recently serving as its President.

He also has served on the Boards of the USTA Tennis and Education Foundation, Southern Tennis Patrons Foundation and the Georgia Tennis Foundation. 

Smith began serving a second consecutive term as Vice President of the USTA in January 2007. He previously served as a Director at Large. 

Smith attended the University of Georgia, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and his Juris Doctorate. Following law school, he clerked with the federal judiciary before joining the Atlanta-based international law firm of King and Spalding, where he was a Senior Partner in the 800-lawyer firm.

Smith is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been listed in the publication The Best Lawyers in America for many years.