Chuck Coleman ’89, a three-year boarder from Lake Wylie, SC, was the best tennis player on the best tennis team in the state in 1988 and 1989, his junior and senior years at Baylor. He played number one singles and number one doubles during both of those state championship seasons for the Raiders. He was also chosen as team captain for the ’88 and ‘89 seasons while serving as a dorm proctor, a member of the Honor Council, and a Red Circle member.
Continuing his career at the University of Notre Dame, Coleman made an immediate impact for the Irish. He was the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Midwest Region Rookie of the Year in 1990 and was a doubles All-American (with partner David DiLucia) in 1991 and 1992. Coleman and DiLucia were the number one ranked NCAA doubles team in the fall of 1991. Coleman was a singles All-American in 1993 and reached the Round of 16 at the NCAA singles championships in Athens, Georgia.
During Coleman’s career, Notre Dame finished in the Top 20 in the final national season rankings each of the four years. The Irish were the first Midwest team to reach the NCAA finals, finishing as the national runner-up in 1992, beating the number one team in the country, Southern California, in the semifinal before falling to Stanford in the championship match. Notre Dame was ranked 10th nationally in the final 1993 season rankings.
The ITA, together with Tennis Magazine, presented Coleman with the national Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award in 1993, presented to the collegiate tennis player who most exhibits outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements. He was the first Notre Dame player to receive the national award.
Coleman graduated with a B.B.A. in accounting from Notre Dame and earned his law degree from the University of Alabama in 1996. He is currently Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at KAR Auction Services (a Fortune 1000 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange), in Indianapolis, Indiana.