Anne Tenney Smith

Anne Tenney Smith
Anne Tenney Smith
b. 1947

Year Inducted
Anne Tenney Smith has certainly made an impact in high school tennis in Chautauqua County and especially at Southwestern Central School. As a coach for both the boys and girls tennis teams, Smith left a legacy with the Trojans that probably will never be matched.

Smith started coaching the boys teams in the spring of 1974 and became the first female ever to coach a boys varsity sport in Chautauqua County. Then in the fall of 1977, Smith formed and started the first girls tennis league with Southwestern being a part and one might say the rest of history. That history saw Smith lead the Trojans to an incredible winning percentage of 85 percent with a 577-104 record and numerous championships for those teams from 1974-2001.

There is no question that Southwestern was the team of the 1980s and the 1990s under Smith and continued its rich tradition under coach Rod Beckerink, who was an assistant for Smith for a number of years. Starting in 1980, Smith guided the boys and girls teams to 17 titles apiece in Division 1.

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