Oct. 24, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
Alabama Head Women's Tennis Coach Jenny Mainz
will be inducted into the Winston Churchill High School Hall of Honor on Saturday in San Antonio, Texas. She is joined in this year's class by Randy Choate, pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, Annie Chandler, member of USA Swimming and six-time NCAA champion, and Alex Vollelunga, a three-time All-American in diving.
"It's both a privilege and an honor to be recognized by Winston Churchill High School in the Hall of Honor," said Mainz. "It's humbling to be noticed among this distinguished group of former Churchill Chargers. I'm grateful for the opportunities that Churchill High School and the North East Independent School District provided for me during my high school years. I was fortunate to be surrounded by outstanding people who challenged me to be at my best both on the tennis court and off. I'm particularly thankful to have had the chance to play high school tennis for Coach John Peterson. John Peterson is the reason that I pursued a career in coaching collegiate tennis."
Mainz, who enters her 17th season with the Crimson Tide, was named the 2013 Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year after guiding Alabama to its first appearance in the NCAA Round of 16 in program history last season. The Tide finished the year with a 21-6 record, marking the first 20-win season under Mainz and the first for the program since 1984. In addition to the team's success, Mainz has coached several individual standouts including All-Americans Alexa Guarachi and Mary Anne Daines, who were also the first Tide duo in history to be recognized as ITA All Stars.
Throughout her tenure in Tuscaloosa, Mainz has earned Wilson/ITA Southern Region Coach of the Year honors three times (2009, 2011, 2013) and was named the Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year in back-to-back seasons (2011, 2012). Under her direction, Alabama has won the SEC Western Division crown four times and advanced to postseason play on 10 occasions. In the last three seasons, the Tide has won 55 matches, which is the most in a three-year span for the Tide in the modern collegiate tennis era.
The Winston Churchill Hall of Honor, created in 2005, recognizes representatives whose athletic feats extend beyond the school and into college and professional arenas. The committee, consisting of coaches, Charger Sports Association officers, administrators and community members selects new honorees every two years.
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