May 19, 2011

SHU Tennis Assistant Jim Biggs Named to USTA New England Hall of Fame

Connecticut Post Feature Article on Jim Biggs

Sacred Heart assistant tennis coach Jim Biggs has been selected for induction into the United States Tennis Association New England Hall of Fame.  A resident of the Southport section of Fairfield, Biggs has worked with the SHU tennis program for the last 13 years and helped lead the Pioneer men to a pair of Northeast Conference titles in 2009 and 2011.

Biggs's tennis career has spanned seven decades, competing both nationally and internationally throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Mexico, Australia, South America and Europe. He began his career by winning the Connecticut junior state championships in 1957 and 1958 and continued on to Dartmouth, where he captured an ECAC doubles championship with teammate Gordon Aydelott in 1961.  He won a USTA New England doubles title in 1967, teaming with Charlie Hoeveler.

In 2000, Biggs and his son, Charley, claimed a USTA National Father-Son championship and were the No. 1-ranked duo in the country that year.

The induction ceremony will take place Saturday, June 11, at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. 

The USTA New England Hall of Fame exists to recognize those tennis players and non-players in New England whose achievements as sportsmen or sportswomen are worthy of the highest commendation and recognition, or whose contributions as officials or individuals in a tennis-related activity have been so outstanding over a significant period of time as to justify the highest commendation and recognition.

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