NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Citadel head men's tennis coach Chuck Kriese is already a decorated player and coach, having been inducted into five halls of fame. It was announced Wednesday that next June he will add another honor to that long, distinguished list as he will be inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame at its 52nd Annual Induction Banquet on Saturday, June 16, 2018.
A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Kriese is already a member of the National Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame, The South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame, the Indiana High School Tennis Athletic Hall of Fame, the Clemson University Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Tennessee Tech Athletic Hall of Fame
Kriese has been at the helm of The Citadel men's tennis program since August of 2013 and has worked hard to change the culture around the men's tennis program at The Citadel. He joins Joe Allison, Blaine Bishop, Isabelle Daniels Holston, Allan Houston, Johnnie Jones, Tim Mack, Glenn McCadams, Raleigh McKenzie, Reggie McKenzie, Jackie Pope and George Quarles as the members of next year's class. The entire class will be inducted into the Hall at a dinner at the Omni Nashville Hotel next June.
"Coach Chuck Kriese is an amazing coach but an even better man," said Citadel Director of Athletics Jim Senter. "He develops leaders, competitors and models what humility, authenticity and manhood looks like for his cadet-athletes. We are so excited for Chuck, he is most deserving for this incredible honor."
"I am very honored and feel extremely humbled to be received into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. My years at Tennessee Tech as a student-athlete and as a coach, all while receiving most of my formal education, were a great and timely blessing for my life," Kriese said. "Those coaches, those teammates and my many sports mentors provided the base of fundamentals that I have used to teach others during my 47 years of coaching and leading of young people. I have always respected teachers and coaches as having one of the highest vocational callings in life. I am so proud to be in this profession and am looking forward to continuing as long as God allows. Many thanks to my many players and coaching colleagues over the years, and thank you to the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame for my selection."
Prior to coming to The Citadel, Kriese spent the majority of his career as the head coach at Clemson University from 1975-2008. He retired in 2008 as the winningest coach in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) history with 685 wins. During his illustrious career in Clemson, he led the Tigers to 10 ACC titles and seven berths in the "Elite Eight" while producing 38 All-Americans. He was the first tennis coach to win a national coach of the year honor for the Tigers and his accomplishments led to him earning three more such honors.
In 2008, Kriese was appointed the technical director for the Southeast Asia Tennis Federation, where he conducted coaching courses and trained many of the top players from that part of the world. He coached the highest-ranked player in Thai and Asian history and 2008 ITF junior world champion who became the first Asian player in history to win the Wimbledon Girls' singles title. In 2009, Kriese coached her to the Wimbledon singles and doubles junior titles.
Kriese has also been the coach of the U.S. Junior Davis Cup team. In all, he has been the coach of players who have won five grand slam junior titles and four other grand slam finalists.
Kriese previously served as the senior director of coaching and competition at the prestigious Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Md., since March 2010 and has dedicated more than three decades to shaping successful tennis careers on the collegiate and international levels.
His reputation has made his "Total Tennis Training" camps and teaching programs popular destinations for young players looking to improve their games. He has conducted youth clinics and coaching seminars in 16 countries on four continents, emphasizing teaching, motivation, leadership and coaching techniques. He has been a regular teacher and clinician throughout the U.S. for his entire career.
In addition to his work on the court, Kriese has authored six books, including Coaching Tennis, which is considered one of the most comprehensive tennis and coaching books ever written. He has appeared on ESPN's instructional series Play Your Best Tennis, hosts a weekly radio show on American Tennis and is a highly sought after lecturer.
Kriese also emphasizes values beyond tennis. He created "Serve it Back", a three-tier mentoring program designed to help youngsters learn how to plan their own career in tennis and in life while learning to help others.
It has been estimated that over 14,000 junior players have trained under his programs, hundreds have received college scholarships and many have continued on as professional players and coaches. Forty-six of his former pupils have appeared in the ATP world rankings with nine cracking the top 100.
Kriese earned his undergraduate and master's degrees from Tennessee Tech University where he was an all-conference tennis player and then started his career as an assistant coach. He is married to former Claire Cummings Williams of Charleston and is the proud father of six children and two grandchildren.
From the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame
The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame announced today the twelve inductees to be enshrined at its 52nd Annual Induction Banquet on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at the Omni-Nashville Hotel.
Joining the previously announced 2018 class including Blaine Bishop, former Tennessee Titan All-Pro Safety, and the Pat Summitt Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, James Haslam II. are Chuck Kriese, winningest coach in ACC Tennis history and four time recipient of the National Coach of the Year Award; Jackie Pope, Middle Tennessee State University multi-sport athlete and All-American football player; Joe Allison, University of Memphis Kicker and the winner of the inaugural Lou Groza Award in 1992; Allan Houston, University of Tennessee Basketball star and current General Manager for the Westchester Knicks; Johnnie Jones, University of Tennessee Running Back; Raleigh McKenzie, University of Tennessee Center and current College Scout for the Oakland Raiders; Reggie McKenzie, University of Tennessee Linebacker and current General Manager of the Oakland Raiders; Tim Mack, 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Pole Vaulter; George Quarles, registered over 200 victories at Maryville High School, and is currently the Associate Head Coach at Furman University. This class also includes the posthumous inductions of Tigerbelle Isabelle Daniels Holston, a member of Tennessee State University's AAU champion relay team for five years and Olympic Bronze Medalist, and Glenn McCadams, who served as head football coach of Lipscomb Academy for 31 years, winning three state championships..
The Sports Hall of Fame, which held its first induction banquet in 1966, has as its goal to enshrine successful teams and individuals who display sportsmanship, good character and success, creating a legacy for others to follow. The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Museum is housed inside the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, a 501c3, pays tribute to all those who have made an impact through sports in Tennessee. The Hall subscribes to the principle that sports serve society's highest ideals by educating youth through sports. It promotes the virtues of competition, fair play, friendship, solidarity, mutual understanding and respect for human dignity. The best way to honor our sports legends is to pass this legacy down to future generations.