Idaho colleges roundup: Boise State tennis coach Patton honored

Greg Patton received the Tennis Educational Merit Award from the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The award is presented to citizens or residents of the United States who have made notable contributions in the tennis education field on a national level. Recipients of this award have demonstrated leadership and creative skills in such areas as instruction, writing, organization and promotion of the game.

“I am incredibly honored by this award, it kind of knocked my socks off when I heard about it,” said Patton. “I really owe this to all my friends, colleagues, and players, especially the players who have made this journey so incredible and a joyful one. To be recognized like this by the international hall of fame is like St. Peter saying, ‘Hey, you got a chance to get inside the pearly gates.’ ”

This is just one more award on a long list of honors garnered by coach Patton during his career, which include: Boise State University Athletic Hall of Fame (2001), Idaho Tennis Association Hall of Fame (2013), NCAA National Coach of the Year (1997), USPTA College Tennis Coach of the Year (2013), Intercollegiate Tennis Association Region Coach of the Year (1994, 1997, 2004, 2012, 2014), Mountain West Coach of the Year (2012), Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year (2005-07, 2009), Big West Coach of the Year (1997), Big Sky Coach of the Year (1993-96), USTA Intermountain Tennis Association Lifetime Achievement Award (2013), Keys to the City of Boise (2013) and the USTA/NCAA National Community Service Award recipient (1997 and 2003).

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