The vision of McCallie School tennis coaches past and present became reality Friday at the opening dedication of the newly-constructed Strang-Voges Tennis Center on the McCallie campus.
The new state-of-the-art facility is named for John Strang and Eric Voges ’81. Mr. Strang began a 50 plus-year teaching and coaching career at McCallie in 1949, and Mr. Voges enters his 28th year as head coach and director of the McCallie tennis program.
“I am very excited for McCallie to have this wonderful addition to the campus,” Mr. Voges says. “This new tennis center will allow more boys to participate in the wonderful sport of tennis and enable them to compete, exercise and push themselves in becoming better players and better young men.”
The building that sits just above the varsity baseball field and adjacent to the main outdoor tennis courts features six parallel indoor hard courts with Plexi-pave acrylic finish. Stadium seating is available behind all six courts. The 47,674 -square-feet facility also includes a team locker room, a meeting room, two coaches offices, a kitchen and a men’s and women’s restroom and locker area.
The playing surface measures 39,900 square feet, the seating area 4,000 square feet and the office and lounge area 3,774 square feet. The facility was constructed by Raines Brothers, Inc. of Chattanooga.
“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,” says Headmaster Kirk Walker ’69.
Present at the ceremony were members of the Strang and Voges families, former head coaches Andy Avram ’78, Chet LeSourd ’72 and David Vining, former and current players and their families and many alumni and friends who contributed to the building of the facility.
Coach Voges and the three former head coaches played the ceremonial first volley on Court No. 1 in blue blazers.
McCallie tennis has won eight TSSAA State Championships. A large number of McCallie students participate in Middle School and varsity tennis, and Mr. Voges’ summer tennis camps are exceedingly popular.
“I love the team atmosphere,” Mr. Voges says. “This new building will continue to help boys of all levels be part of our tennis program.”