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Former South Tennis Coach Scott "Bones" Greer being inducted into IHSAA Tennis Hall of Fame

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Former South Tennis Coach Scott "Bones" Greer being inducted into IHSAA Tennis Hall of Fame

Written by Matt Corry - Bloomington High School South Boy's Tennis Coach

 

Rarely does one come across another who has devoted his life to believing in youth. He carries the resiliency of "this next time will be even better", and the humility driven by his joy in seeing others achieve. Being the son of the legendary basketball coach, Hugh Greer who coached basketball at the University of Connecticut, Scott came by this trait honestly. One could argue that Coach Hugh's greatest legacy though was not left on the hardwood but in the fire he lit in young Scotty which in turn has stretched to decades and depths beyond the hardwood. It has covered the grass of soccer and football fields, the cinder of the track and lucky for most, the tennis court. It ripples on in the hearts and generations of those who competed with and for him. But for him it hasn't been about the means, tennis, it has always been about the end... instilling the ability for individuals to trust and believe, to be able to get knocked down and get back up, and to celebrate what it means to be part of and to achieve as a TEAM.

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Scott "Bones" Greer is to be inducted into the Indiana High School Tennis Hall of Fame. He has been an advocate for tennis, for sport, for life. He has been the biggest fan of the underdog. Most of the years he has chosen to coach the back courts, the bottom ten just learning to play. He has instilled the love of the game, but also demonstrated in himself, the joy of being a lifelong player and learner. He has coached teams that have made the state finals, had state champions Ronnie Schneider and Denise Azcui, and most impressively has helped produce many over-achieving sectional and regional champions. Coach Bones is now preparing to retire after completing his 35th season of being The Volunteer Coach with a Bloomington South Tennis team after he was the Head Boy's Tennis Coach for 9 years and the IU Men's coach from 1972-1981. Through it all though, he has believed in the individual just as much as the brotherhood of the team.

He has coached with the highest respect for Tennis, the opponent, the school, and for one's self at the forefront before any "W's" were ever considered acceptable. He has been to the courts early, stayed late. He has helped me build a court in a warehouse to give free clinics to the unprivileged and to provide a place for players to work on their game year-round. He has raised his girls to love the sport and still runs clinics in Florida with the elderly all winter long as a means to give value and community. Tennis has been his means to love.

Let's give honor to "Coach Bones" as he has been the purest example of sacrifice, leadership and what it looks like to love sport and be a Coach.

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Tennis Playing and Coaching:

Tennis player for 76 years

Tennis teacher for 66 years

Tennis coach for 51 years

Played College Tennis at Middlebury College (Vt.), 1958.

1961-1965- Head Tennis Coach Hunter College

1965-1972- Head Tennis Coach Western Illinois University

1973- Interim Head Women's Tennis Coach at Indiana University

1972-1981- Head Men's Tennis Coach at Indiana University

1989- Volunteer Assistant Boys’ Tennis at Bloomington South

1990-1998- Head Boy's Tennis Coach at Bloomington South

1998-2018- Volunteer Assistant Boys’ Tennis Coach at Bloomington South

2005-2010, 2012-2019- Volunteer Assistant Girl's Tennis Coach at Bloomington South

 

Other Coaching:

1959-1960- Assistant Post Basketball Coach, Post Head Track Coach, Fourth Army Head Track Coach, Ft. Hood Texas

1960-1964- Assistant Track Coach Hunter College

1962-1965- Head Basketball Coach at Hunter College

1965- Head Soccer Coach at Western Illinois

1966-1972- Assistant Basketball Coach at Western Illinois

1993-2002- Volunteer Assistant Boys’ Basketball Coach at Bloomington South

1978-1982- Consultant for Mental Toughness for Indiana University Football Team

 

About the Monroe County Community School Corporation:

The Monroe County Community School Corporation (MCCSC) is an Indiana Department of Education “A” Corporation. MCCSC serves nearly 11,000 students from diverse populations in 23 schools. MCCSC is a leader in STEM and EARTH curricula, encompasses a Performing Arts Academy, International Baccalaureate schools, Dual Immersion programs, multiple Career Pathways, a Career Center, as well as numerous College Credit opportunities to prepare students towards college and career readiness. Our commitment, as we educate tomorrow’s leaders, is to Engage, Empower, and Educate all students in a world-class learning environment empowering them to maximize their educational success in becoming productive, responsible global citizens.

 

Posted 01/25/2019