GREENVILLE, S.C. – Former Furman men's tennis coach Paul Scarpa was among a class of six tennis icons inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Men's Collegiate Hall of Fame this week. The ceremony was held in conjunction with the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Tennis Championships at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. Scarpa joined former collegiate coaches Chuck Kriese and Ron Smarr, along with players Patrick Du Pré and David Wheaton, plus ITA contributor Jon Vegosen in the 2012 class of inductees.
In addition to the induction ceremony, there was a special tribute to Dan Magill in appreciation of his unique role with the ITA Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame over the past 28 years as its founder, Curator, and Chairman of the ITA Hall of Fame Committee.
Scarpa, a Charleston, S.C., native and the longest tenured coach in the Southern Conference in any sport, finished his career as the NCAA's all-time wins leader in men's tennis with 853 victories, 817 of which came at Furman. He captured 17 Southern Conference titles and was named the league's coach of the year nine times.
Scarpa, who also served as the head men's soccer coach at the school from 1968-81, was inducted into Furman's Hall of Fame in 1994 then was enshrined into the USTA Southern Tennis Hall of Fame in 2006. He was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame and the prestigious Blue Gray Tennis Classic Hall of Fame in 2010. Most recently, he joined a class of five athletic greats as a member of the 2012 Southern Conference Hall of Fame inductees.
His contributions to the game are widely felt, as he developed the current dual match scoring system adopted by the NCAA in 1993, the "3-6" format or "Scarpa System" specifying that all matches begin with doubles play featuring eight-game pro sets with all three doubles teams playing for one team doubles point. Scarpa also invented and patented the tape (Tenex) used to mark clay courts throughout the world.