EDWARDSVILLE — Bob Meyers, who was inducted into the SIUE Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008, will enter the ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) Women’s Tennis Collegiate Hall of Fame this weekend.
Meyers will be among six inductees into the Class of 2014. The enshrinement ceremony will take place Saturday at the Mason School of Business on the College of William and Mary campus in Williamsburg, Va.
“It’s probably the highlight of my college coaching career because this is your peers who are nominating you and voting you in,” Meyers said. “It’s quite an honor to be that respected by your fellow coaches. It’s the icing on the cake for me.”
The other honorees will be Katrina Adams, Stacy Margolin (Potter), Cecelia Martinez, Jeff Moore and Lindsay Morse (Bennett).
Meyers inaugurated the SIUE women’s tennis program in 1979 and coached the team for 10 seasons. He left SIUE on a high note with a fourth consecutive NCAA Division II title. Under Meyers’ leadership, the Cougars won national titles from 1986 to 1989 with the final championship played at Forest Park in St. Louis with SIUE as the host institution.
He coached 32 players to All-American status, including three singles titles and two doubles titles. While all four of his national championship teams are members of the SIUE Athletics hall of Fame, there are six players who also have been named as individuals to the Hall of Fame. They are Lilian Almedia, Portia (George) Morrow, Christina Bokelund, Elisabeth Calander, Joan Mahon-Finder, and Michelle (Wreen) Staroba.
Meyers was the NCAA Division II Coach of the Year for women’s tennis in 1983 and later earned the same honor for men’s tennis in 1988.
In addition to his coaching successes, Meyers served on the NCAA Men’s and Women’s National Tennis Committee and was co-chairman of the ITCA/NCAA Men’s National Rankings as well as the chair of the men’s NCAA Midwest Regional Committee. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from SIUE in 1971 and received a master’s from SIUE in counselor education in 1972.