McCallie Tennis Center Dedication is Friday

McCallie Tennis: 100 Years of Excellence

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - by B.B. Branton

"Tennis has basically been the vehicle that has allowed McCallie tennis coaches John Strang and Eric Voges to have a profound positive impact on thousands of young men & their parents!"

-- Jack Webb, McCallie tennis alum

 

For McCallie tennis coach Eric Voges, Christmas morning arrives three months early.

Friday is a "blue letter day" for coach Voges, the 70+ current McCallie students who participate in the Tornado tennis program and decades of tennis alums as they will help dedicate the new Strang-Voges Tennis Center during the noon hour ceremony.

One of the finest high school tennis facilities in the South, the state-of-the-art, six indoor court, heated, tennis center is named for former McCallie tennis coach John Strang and current coach Eric Voges and will be formally opened on the eve of the 100th anniversary of McCallie tennis.

"The new tennis facility shows that the school is serious about the sport of tennis," said coach Voges who has led McCallie to six of its eight state championships.

“I love the team atmosphere with the varsity locker room and varsity meeting room. This new building will continue to help boys of all levels be part of our tennis program."

The new center is a symbol of the past, present and future as one hundred years of excellence has produced state, Rotary, city, Southern and Mid South championships with the first team title (city championship) coming in 1915 a year after the first varsity match was played.

“We are extremely grateful for all of those who helped to make this magnificent facility possible, and we are very excited about the numerous ways in which it will benefit our students in the years ahead,” said McCallie Headmaster Kirk Walker ’69.  

The new facility is impressive. But more than the bricks and mortar, concrete block and steel beams and trophies in a trophy case - albeit well deserved and earned -  is the spirit of fair play, discipline, hard work and will to win that is unseen, but woven throughout the fabric of the building and those trophies as coaches Strang and Voges and others have taught life lessons to young men for a hundred years.

Four Living Coaches: four McCallie head coaches will be on hand at the dedication

Chet LeSourd (1981-84)

Andy Avram (1985)

David Vining (1986-87)

Eric Voges (1988-present)

Strang-Voges Tennis Center

Location: McCallie School

Dedication: Friday, Sept. 27 ... Noon

Specifics: 47,674 square feet

6 parallel indoor hard courts with Plexi-pave acrylic finish

250 stadium seats ... varsity team locker and meeting rooms ... coaches offices ... kitchen area ... men's and women's restroom ad locker area ... entrance foyer with trophy cases ...

Builder: Raines Brothers

Architect: Franklin Architects 

 McCallie Tennis Alums Quotes

"John Strang epitomized love, joy, peace, patience, and kindness.  He had the gift of making every student and player feel special.  He loved tennis and wanted his players to play it for a lifetime.  Mr. Strang, a World War II veteran and prisoner of war, was always grateful to God for the opportunity to teach Bible and coach at McCallie, and he made sure his students knew that every day.

"I treasure the many experiences I had with him at McCallie, the Manker Patten Tennis Club and the many lunches at the Fountain Square Pharmacy (his favorite)"

"Eric Voges has ably carried the legacy set by Mr. Strang.  His humor and kindness to all are limitless. I can't think of anyone in the Southeast who has done more to promote tennis at all levels than Eric.

Eric has the unique gift to communicate the game of tennis with passion and clarity to a pro-level player or a first-time tennis student.  He instills the principles of fun, hard work, and dedication in his "layers and helps them raise their expectations of themselves.  I owe him so much as a player and as a coach." 

-- Jeff Clark, UTC women's tennis coach 

 

“The positive impact that John “Yo” Strang and Eric Voges have had at McCallie School is incredible. John Strang taught & coached at McCallie for 53 years (1950-2003), and Eric has been at McCallie for 27 years.

"What stands out to me is that as much as they both have enjoyed the sport of tennis, their true passion has been to encourage & develop young men to become leaders and men of strong character. The dedication Friday of the new Strang-Voges Tennis Center is an amazing tribute to two of the finest people that I have had the privilege of being associated with.”

-- Jack Webb

 

contact B.B. Branton at william.branton@comcast.net

 


PHOTOS: CCS Wins 2-1 At Signal Mountain

Covenant Falls 2-1 At Birmingham Southern

The Covenant men's soccer team pushed regional foe Birmingham Southern into overtime, but the host Panthers came away with the game-winning goal in the 93rd minute to defeat the Scots 2-1 on Tuesday night at Preston Goldfarb Field. Covenant (1-7-1) played even with Birmingham Southern throughout the match. The Scots took a 1-0 lead in the 65th minute when Jesse Riggs pushed ... (click for more)

City To Begin Shipping Much Of Its Garbage To Bradley County

City Public Works Administrator Justin Holland said the city plans to begin shipping much of its garbage to Bradley County. He said the deal is projected to extend the life of the city landfill at Birchwood by 15 years. Mr. Holland said Bradley County "has a huge landfill and takes garbage from Knoxville and other municipalities. It's regional." He said Bradley County charges ... (click for more)

Man Says He Did Nothing To Provoke Shooting At Bakewell Gas Station; Suspect Says Victim Was Coming Toward Him

A 33-year-old man who was shot in the face during a clash at a Bakewell gas station said he did nothing to provoke the shooting. The man charged said the victim cursed him, then started toward him. General Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck, after a hearing on Tuesday, bound to the Grand Jury a charge of attempted first-degree murder against Donald Stuard II, 29, of Old Washington ... (click for more)

Something Beautiful Happened Monday Night - Not The Debate

Monday, Sept. 26, our first presidential debate happened; no minds were changed.  Yet something beautiful and important happened.  The Atlanta Falcons, my team, played the New Orleans Saints.  Instead of some irrelevant, broad based, screw America protest, the opposing teams locked arms in unity. I was impressed. I have been a Falcon Fan since 1971 when WMOC AM ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our 2.0 Embarrassment

Let’s pretend you are coming to a new and exciting world. You are on the jolly good ship “Mayflower” when some Miles Standish-type of a guy (he was the Pilgrim’s first cop) calls you into is presence and says, “Within two hours we are expected to stand on Plymouth Rock. Please come up with ten primary goals we should have in our public schools.” I believe you could do it within ... (click for more)