Former Gamecock tennis coach inducted into the SC Tennis Hall of Fame

Former Gamecock tennis coach inducted into the SC Tennis Hall of Fame

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A former University of South Carolina women's tennis coach will be inducted into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame this Saturday.

Jeff Kefalos was a four-time MVP as a player with the Gamecocks before taking the job as the women's coach in 1977. In 1982 he was a finalist for Coach of the Year.

"It's a real privilege to be going into the hall of fame," he said. "There's a lot of great members.Stan Smith, who was an international star ranked number-one in the world. There's college coaches, coach Kent Demars...it's a real honor."

In 1993, he became DeMars' assistant coach with the Gamecock men's team, a title he held for 16 years. Together they coached three All-Americans and 11 All-SEC athletes.

"It was very rewarding," he said. "So all that was great. Really appreciative to have that opportunity."

In addition to his coaching responsibilities at USC, Kefalos has been director of the Columbia Tennis Center since 1977.

"We've hosted several big events and I think the city can take pride in the events that we've hosted," he said.

The South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame is in Belton. Also inducted Saturday is Tom Foster of Woodruff.

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