Tennis complex dedicated

tennis2The William Woods University Athletic Department hosted a court dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony at the Suzanne Neal Memorial Tennis Complex April 22. William Woods previously had women’s tennis teams from 1976 to 1999, but fall 2015 marked the return of women’s tennis and the inaugural season for men.

Suzanne Neal coached tennis at WWU from 1982 to 1993 and died in 1996. Neal, began her career at William Woods as an instructor in physical education and education. During her years at WWU, she served as the head coach for track, volleyball and tennis.

Between 1982 and 1993 Neal led the tennis team to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Tournament five times. In 1993, she was named NAIA District 16 Coach of the Year. She was named the 1991-92 NAIA District Female Athletic Administrator of the Year and the 1991-92 Missouri Multiple Sclerosis Society Female College Coach of the Year.

Missy Brooks, Tracy Gastineau, Jason Vittone, Kathleen Kunkler and Romaine Seguin
Missy Brooks, Tracy Gastineau, Jason Vittone, Kathleen Kunkler and Romaine Seguin

Neal was a member of the Association of Teacher Educators, the Missouri Association of Teacher Educators and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She was a member of the NAIA Tennis Coaches Association and the United States Tennis Association.

She also was a member of the NAIA District 16 Executive Committee and director of the NAIA District 16 Women’s Tennis Championships, and she served as the softball liaison to the NAIA District 16 Executive Committee.