May 12, 2004
SKILLMAN, N.J. - UCLA great Larry Nagler has recently been selected as one of four new members who will be inducted into The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Collegiate Hall of Fame on May 26 during the NCAA Championships in Tulsa, Okla.
Nagler, who swept the NCAA singles and doubles titles in 1960, was a three-time ITA All-American and the only player to ever win three Pac-10 men's singles titles. He also helped the Bruins to NCAA team titles in '60 and '61. While at UCLA, he played on the basketball team for legendary coach John Wooden in '58 and '59.
"I'm greatly indebted to J.D. Morgan, the former UCLA tennis coach and athletic director, who managed to extract the best in me as a tennis player," said Nagler. I would also like to thank coach John Wooden, who kindly encouraged me to place my emphasis in athletics on tennis, rather than basketball. I am extremely grateful to the ITA for selecting me for this prestigious national honor, which puts me in the wonderful company of my former doubles partner, Arthur Ashe, and my other former doubles partner and teammate Allen Fox."
Nagler, who currently practices law in Los Angeles, is the 16th UCLA player or coach to be inducted in the ITA Hall of Fame. UCLA's other 15 members include: Arthur Ashe, William Ackerman, Jimmy Connors, Herb Flam, Charles Pasarell, Allen Fox, Frank Stewart, Jack Tidball, Glenn Bassett, Billy Martin, Ian Crookenden, Robert Perry, Peter Fleming and Brian Teacher.
The Class of 2004 includes a trio of Pac-10 stars as, in addition to Nagler, Jim Delaney of Stanford and Billy Lenoir of Arizona will also be inducted. Gardner Larned of William & Mary rounds out this year's group and will be inducted posthumously.
Players are eligible for election to the ITA Hall of Fame 15 years after their last collegiate match and coaches are eligible following retirement. The main criteria for election are college accomplishments as well as honors earned after college. College tennis legend Dan Magill serves as curator for the ITA Hall of Fame, which is housed at the University of Georgia.