Rice Institute Owls tennis player and coach Quinn Connelley
Dateundated ca. 1950s
Black and white photograph of Rice Institute Owls tennis player and coach Quinn Connelley, accompanied by text headlining his achievement and entry into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame. Caption reads: As an outstanding athlete and then for 20 years as a very successful tennis coach Quinn Connelley served his alma mater Rice University in exemplary fashion. Quinn was a key figure on the Rice campus in what now is referred to as the “Golden Era of Rice Sports” of 1934 through 1954. Those were the 20 years Rice won numerous championships in football, basketball, track, and tennis as one of the dominating schools of the famed Southwest Conference. And it was those 20 years he served as the tennis coach while producing players who won four NCAA championships and 15 Southwest Conference titles. Before he moved his family to Lubbock to take over an automobile dealership until his regretful untimely early death in 1970, Quinn Connelley was one of the most active of sportsmen both at Rice Institute and around the City of Houston. He was a popular tennis teaching pro at the first tennis club established in Houston by Quinn, in addition to coaching at Rice. He also followed his gridiron days at Rice by becoming a Southwest Conference football official for many years. Quinn grew up in Fort Worth playing tennis with pals Wilbur and Jake Hess at old Capps Park and competing in football, basketball, track, and tennis at famous old Central High (now Paschal HS). He entered Rice on a football scholarship in the fall of 1929. For the next 25 years Quinn was a dedicated student, athlete, and coach for the Rice Owls.
Rice Athletic Hall of Fame
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