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Pam Richmond Champagne

Arizona State University


An exemplary scholar-athlete at Arizona State University, Pam Richmond Champagne (b. 1950) captured three national collegiate titles while earning her B.A. degree in psychology, summa cum laude. Only 5 feet, 1/2 inches tall, Champagne powered her way to the Top 10 in national junior competition in the 1960s, after taking up tennis at age 11 in her native Kansas City.

As an ASU freshman in 1969, she reached the singles final of the national collegiate championships, playing against Hall of Famer Emilie Burrer Foster. In her junior year in 1971, Champagne won a remarkable set of victories, sweeping the singles, doubles and team championships in national collegiate competition. She repeated her doubles victory the following year with teammate and Hall of Famer Peggy Michel, was a singles finalist, and again helped lead the ASU Sun Devils to a national title.

After graduation, Champagne competed on the Virginia Slims satellite circuit, worked as a teaching professional, and later became a top sales manager. She now coaches business executives as owner of The Champagne Group.

Career Highlights
    U.S. Collegiate Singles Champion 1971; Singles Finalist 1969, 1972
    U.S. Collegiate Doubles Champion 1971, 1972
    Greater Kansas City Girls’ 14, 16, 18 Singles Champion 1964
    Ranked No. 10 nationally in Girls’ 14 and under singles, No. 5 in doubles 1964
    USTA/Missouri Valley Section Girls’ 16 and 18 Singles Champion 1966
    Ranked No. 9 nationally in Girls’ 16 and under singles, No. 6 in doubles 1966
    Knute Rockne Tennis Player of the Year Award 1967
    Ranked No. 6 nationally in Girls’ 18 and under singles 1968
    U.S. Junior Hardcourt Doubles Champion 1968
    Delaware Grasscourt Girls’ 18 and under Singles Champion 1968
    Writer of “Junior Jargon” column for Tennis Magazine 1968
    Ranked in Top 20 nationally in women’s singles 1969
    U.S. Amateur Doubles and Mixed Doubles Champion 1969
    U.S. Indoor Singles and Doubles Finalist 1969
    Member, U.S. Junior Wightman Cup Team 1969­70
    Member, U.S. Collegiate Championship Team, Arizona State University 1971, 1972
    B.A., summa cum laude, Arizona State University 1972
    Arizona State Women’s Singles Champion 1972
    Competed on Virginia Slims Professional Satellite Tour 1974­75
    Ranked No. 4 on Missouri Valley Professional Satellite Tour; Tour Director 1976
    Teaching professional in Phoenix and Los Angeles 1973­1982
    Inducted into the Arizona State University Sports Hall of Fame 1977
    U.S. No. 1 Freshman Sales Producer Award, Mutual of Omaha 1991
    Owner of The Champagne Group, Business and Sales Coaching 1994­-present
    Master Coach Certification through International Coaches Federation 2000
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