Buckley ’75 Wins 2020 ITA Meritorious Service Award

Women’s tennis head coach Bev Buckley ’75 has received the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s 2020 Meritorious Service Award.

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Rollins tennis legend Bev Buckley ’75 has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 ITA Meritorious Service Award. Bestowed by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA)—the governing body of college tennis that oversees men’s and women’s varsity tennis at all levels—the award recognizes the ITA coach who has gone above and beyond in their commitment and contributions to the organization and to college tennis.

Bev Buckley ’75 began her career at Rollins as a standout student-athlete when she played on the College’s tennis team in the 1970s. During her four years at Rollins, she won two Florida state collegiate doubles titles and one state singles title. Her performance earned her a spot in the Rollins College Athletics Hall of Fame.

After graduation, she spent five years on the U.S. women’s professional team, where she participated in events such as Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, and the French Open. She coached at Southwestern College in California and the Wakonda Club in Des Moines, Iowa, before returning to Rollins as head coach in 1986. Since then, she has become the winningest coach in the history of women’s tennis at Rollins, posting a 502-267 dual match record. She ranks seventh in all-time wins in Division II tennis.

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Under Buckley’s leadership, the Tars have consistently positioned themselves as national title contenders. During the 2013-14 season, the Tars made their 20th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, and Buckley’s teams have produced over 20 ITA All-Americans.

Coach Buckley also has a long history of supporting student-athletes off the court. The Tars have been an ITA All-Academic Team, with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher, every year since 2013. In all, Rollins has produced 49 women's tennis scholar athletes since 2013.

“I am flattered to be joining the outstanding list of the past recipients of the ITA Meritorious Service Award,” says Buckley. “It is quite humbling to have been selected for this prestigious award. Tennis has been my passion since I picked up a racquet at age 11. Being in a position to give back to the sport that I love was an opportunity that I could not pass up.”

In addition to her many other honors, Buckley is a member of the Iowa Tennis Hall of Fame, the Missouri Valley USTA Section Hall of Fame, and the Roosevelt High School Alumni and Sports Hall of Fame.