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2014 Inductee, Marty Pearson

The Tennis Foundation of Mississippi is pleased to announce that Marvin (Marty) Pearson of Oxford was the 2014 inductee into the Mississippi Tennis Hall of Fame.  Marty has long been associated with tennis in the state and through his play, support, and instruction has left an unmistakable imprint on Mississippi tennis.

Marty’s tennis career began in Houston, MS, and continued at Delta State University, where he was twice recognized as MVP on the 1972 and 1973 tennis teams.   After graduation he served as coach, counselor, teacher, and administrator in Mississippi schools for thirty-six years.   For 25 of those years, he coached high school tennis, winning 8 team district titles, 9 individual state titles, and 2 team state titles, amassing a career record of 193-93-1.   He coached the 1996 High School All-Star team and was selected “Coach of the Year” in 1997 by the Mississippi Association of Coaches.

His career as a player has been equally as successful.   He was named the Mississippi Tennis Association’s Adult Player of the Year in 1996, 2007, and 2011.  In 2012 he was named the Southern Slew Hester Male Player of the Year.   Marty has earned a national ranking in doubles 15 times with 4 different partners and has been ranked in the top five in the nation six times.   He and his partner Roger Pearce were #1 in the 60’s doubles in 2012 and #2 in the nation in 2013.   Marty has won 54 Southern Age Division Doubles Championships with 13 different partners; he has played on seven USTA league teams that won Southern Sectional Championships; he has been ranked #1 in the Southern Section in doubles 18 times.  His trophy collection also consists of 2 Gold Balls, 4 Silver Balls, and 4 Bronze balls won in National Age Tournaments. In addition, he has played on the Mississippi Senior Cup Team fifteen times, serving as captain six times.  Marty, the father of one daughter, currently resides in Oxford, where he is an active member of the Oxford CTA and the North Oxford Baptist Church.   

Pearson was inducted into the Mississippi Tennis Hall of Fame at a banquet held in his honor at the Country Club of Jackson on Saturday, January 10, 2015. 


Prior Hall of Fame Inductees

2013 Dave Randall
2012 Susan Toler, Bobby Brien
2011 Jane Holland, Mark Thompson
2010 Billy Chadwick & Steven Pennington
2009 Elizabeth Lyle, Tito Echiburu & Dr. Jim Montgomery
2008 Betty Byars & Ernest Vetrano
2007 Willie Shepard, Debbie Swindoll & Donnie Walker
2006 George "Juddie" Boyd & Ed Edmonson
2005 N/A
2004 Jan Johnson & Gaines S. Dyer
2003 Carol Ann Vest & Mack Cameron
2002 Joan White & Cleon McKnight
2001 Sandra Rogers & Dr. Wilfred Cole
2000 John Rogers
1999 Yvonne Edwards & Bobby Jones
1998 Becky Vest & Laney Berry
1997 Peter Koury
1996 Sharon Gault & Ken Toler
1995 Eleanor Shaw & Jake Propst
1994 Jean Peabody & Lester Sack
1993 Carolyn Henry & Milton Cash
1992 N/A
1991 Coach Tom Sawyer
1990 Dorothy “Ma” Vest
1989 W.E. “Slew” Hester, Jr.


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