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Brenau University to induct former tennis coach Bill Rogers, 3 players into Athletic Hall of Fame
Bill Rogers - photo by For The Times

Legendary coach Bill Rogers, along with three of his best players , will be inducted into Brenau University’s Athletics Hall of Fame this weekend, according to a press release sent Wednesday by the school.

Rogers led the Golden Tigers tennis team to two NAIA national championships and five Intercollegiate Tennis Association singles championships. He’ll enter the Hall of Fame alongside Leyla Ogen, Helene Macchi and Alexandra Rossi Rashed, who all played under Rogers.

The induction ceremony will take place at an invitation-only luncheon at noon Saturday.

Three other of Rogers’ former athletes were inducted into the Hall last year, including Antonina Grib Lerch, Laurence Neuville and Sheau Shan Leiw.

Rogers is now the dean of student services at Georgia Gwinnett College. He was head coach at Brenau from 1990 to 2005, accumulating more than 300 victories.

The coach racked up seven conference coach of the year awards and two NAIA national coach of the year honors.

Ogen was a four-time All American and a member of the 1999 NAIA national championship team. Originally from Solihull, England, Ogen represented Great Britain in several World Team Games, and is now a senior tennis coach at Edgbaston Priory Club. She graduated in 2001. 

Macchi is a French-born athlete who earned the Marvin P. Richmodn Outstanding Player Award in 2005. She was a three-time NAIA All American who graduated in 2006.

Rashed was a three-time All American who also became an assistant tennis coach for the Golden Tigers while studying for her postgraduate degree.


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