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Dr. Anne Pittman

Arizona State University


Devoted to tennis since she was ‘net high,’ Dr. Anne Pittman championed intercollegiate women’s competition as a player, coach, educator, and national leader. In recognition of Pittman’s work, the International Tennis Hall of Fame honored her with its Special Educational Merit Award.

Pittman’s pathbreaking work began in her undergraduate days at the University of Texas at Austin when she and her coach successfully sued to play intercollegiate mixed doubles. After receiving a B.S. degree in 1940 and an M.A. in 1945, Pittman went on to a distinguished teaching and coaching career. She earned an Ed.D. from Stanford University in 1972.

In 1954 when Pittman began her 30-year tenure as coach at Arizona State University, intercollegiate competition for her team was virtually nonexistent. Undaunted, she tirelessly created, promoted and directed tournament play and led ASU to national championships in 1971, 1972 and 1974. In 1973, she coached the U.S. Women’s Tennis Team at the World University Games in Moscow.

An inspiration for colleagues as well as students, Pittman founded the Women’s Collegiate Tennis Coaches Association in 1973. Among her many awards she was named NCAA Division I Women’s Coach of the Year in 1984 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Coaches Association. At her retirement from ASU in 1986 as professor emeritus, Pittman had compiled a 446-114 lifetime coaching record.

Dr. Pittman died from a stroke at her home on November 25, 2008. She had just spent 10 days in Hilton Head playing golf, and had also just celebrated her 90th birthday with friends at Arizona State.

Dr. Anne Pittman
Career Highlights
    Coached Arizona State University women’s team to 3 national championships 1971, 1972, 1974
    Founder, Women’s Collegiate Tennis Coaches Association 1974
    Coached student Pam Richmond, national intercollegiate singles champion 1971
    Coached students Pam Richmond and Peggy Michel, national intercollegiate doubles champions 1971, 1972
    Coached student Peggy Michel, Wimbedon doubles champion with Evonne Goolagong 1974
    Coach of U.S. Women’s Tennis Team at the 1973 World University Games in Moscow (bronze medal in doubles, fourth place in singles)
    Director, Women’s National Collegiate Tennis Championships 1977, 1981
    Founder, Western Regional Women’s Collegiate Tennis Matches 1974
    Lady Champion’s Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year 1975
    USTA Tennis Educational Merit Award 1977
    USTA National Service Award 1983
    NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year 1984
    Author, Tennis
    U.S.Senior Olympics Doubles Champion 1989, 1991
    Lifetime coaching record 446-114
Other 1995 Inductees
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