Virginia Brown

Induction Year: 1992

 

Virginia Brown was an accomplished player winning the Texas State doubles championships from 1958 to 1962. In 1959, she also won the Texas Intercollegiate Doubles Championship. She competed at Wimbledon in 1963. As player at Baylor University, she won several championships.  Brown reached a ranking of No. 5 in the nation as a professional before beginning her career coaching collegiate tennis.

 

Brown's first coaching job was at Odessa College in 1963, where she remained until 1980. From 1974 to 1988, she also coached the women's team at the University of Texas Permian Basin and served as UTPB Athletic Director between 1987 and 1988.
 
Brown was named the NAIA Coach of the Year in 1985 and NJCAA Coach of the Year six times (1969, 1970, 1976, 1978, 1980 in women's and 1980 in men's). She captured a total of 14 National Junior College Team Championships (eight women's and six men's) from 1967 to 1980 and wrapped up her career as Texas Tech's head coach from 2000-2002. Brown also served as a president of the National Junior College Tennis Association.