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Former Tennis Coach Dan Hopkins Named to USPTA Midwest HOF

Former Tennis Coach Dan Hopkins Named to USPTA Midwest HOF

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Former Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology head men's tennis coach Dan Hopkins has been named to the 2020 United States Professional Tennis Association Midwest Division Hall of Fame Induction Class for his efforts over the past 30-plus years.

Due to the cancellation of the 2020 Western Southern Open, Hopkins will be honored at the 2021 professional tennis event held in Mason, Ohio.

Hopkins will be joined in the 2020 Midwest Division Hall of Fame Induction Class by Alan Schwartz (former President of the USTA) and Mark Farber (USPTA Elite Professional and director of tennis at Twos Athletic Club).

Hopkins built Rose-Hulman into one of the top dual men's and women's tennis programs in the Midwest, highlighted by NCAA Division III Tournament appearances for both teams in 2017.  He was awarded Master Pro status by the USPTA in 2019.

The men's squad won five consecutive HCAC tournaments to make the first five NCAA Division III Tournament appearances (2015-19) in program history. Rose-Hulman also recorded the first NCAA Tournament wins in program history, defeating Wheaton (Ill.) 5-4 in 2017 and Illinois Tech 5-1 in 2019.

The 2011 men's squad also earned a share of the regular season league title. Rose-Hulman enters the 2021 men's spring season with a 47-match winning streak against HCAC competition.

On the women's side, Rose-Hulman has won two HCAC regular season titles (2010, 2011) and two HCAC Tournament championships (2010, 2016). The team appeared in the 2011 and 2017 NCAA Division III Tournaments. The 2016-17 team earned a bid by defeating Hanover 5-4 in last fall's conference tournament championship match.

The 2010 women's title marked the first tennis conference title and second women's league championship in any sport in Rose-Hulman school history.

On the men's side, Hopkins tallied a career record of 313-277 at Rose-Hulman, including a mark of 108-50 in conference matches. On the women's side, Hopkins compiled a career record of 159-138 at the Fightin' Engineer helm, including a mark of 88-44 in league play.

Hopkins is a 30-plus year (P1) certified member of the United States Professional Tennis Association. He was the Indiana USPTA Professional of the Year in 1991 and has served as a district officer with the USPTA Midwest Division. The USTA and ITA awarded him the National Community Service Awards in 1990 and 1999, respectively. The highest award given for service to the tennis profession by the USTA and the ITA. In 2002 he was named USTA All-American Coach for tennis programming in Terre Haute and in Indiana.

Hopkins spent 17 seasons as the boys tennis coach and nine years as girls tennis coach at Terre Haute South High School. He guided the boys' teams to the Final Four of the state tournament in both 1980 and 1983, and led the 1980 girls' team to a second-place finish in the state. He was also named Indiana High School coach of the year in 1992.

Hopkins was one of the founders of the Terre Haute Junior Tennis Association in 1986. As a result of his coaching, teaching, and operation of the Indiana High School Tennis Association he was inducted in the Indiana High School Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998.

As a player Hopkins has been ranked in the top 300 nationally by the United States Tennis Association in age grouped singles and doubles. He has also Midwest and Central Indiana rankings in the Men's 50 and over singles.

Hopkins is a 1974 graduate of Terre Haute North High School, and earned both bachelor and master's degrees from Indiana State (1978, '83). Dan and his wife, Christine, have adult children Andy and Julie, who graduated with Honors from Rose-Hulman in 2016.