Rice University tennis player Butch Seewagen
Black and white photograph of Rice Owls tennis player Butch Seewagen, pictured returning a serve on the court, accompanied by text headlining his achievement and entry into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame. Caption reads: From his freshman year in 1965 when he won the freshman division of the Rice Invitational, it was obvious that BUTCH SEEWAGEN (class of 1968) was bound for glory. The two-time all-American athlete had a long list of SWC titles including the 1967 singles championship and three consecutive doubles crowns from 1966 to 1968 with three different partners. In 1968, he helped lead the Rice team to a perfect 17-0 regular season and a second-place finish in the NCAA championships. After graduating from Rick in 1968, Seewagen won the 1969 U.S. Amateur title and turned professional the next year. In a very long and illustrious pro career, Seewagen defeated the likes of Jimmy Connors and Stan Smith. He competed in such events as Wimbledon and the U.S. Open and completed his career with a total of 15 individual titles. He was ranked in the top-25 in the U.S. in singles six times and in the top-10 in doubles on two separate occasions. From 1969 to 1979, Seewagen was varsity tennis coach and a member of the physical education department at Columbia University (where one of his prized pupils was Vitas Gerulaitis). He also served as director of tennis at four different tennis clubs in New York state. In 1986, Seewagen founded the Children’s Athletic Training School (CATS), a facility designed to teach motor and sport skill to children of all ages. In addition to serving as the owner and operator of CATS, Seewagen also owned the CATS Tennis and Sport Summer Day Camp in New York City.
Rice University Athletic Hall of Fame (poor quality image)
Citable link to this pagehttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/64566
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