April 25, 2006
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech women’s tennis head coach Bryan Shelton was inducted into the Huntsville-Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame Monday night in front of a crowd of 800-plus at the North Hall of the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala.
Shelton, a Huntsville native, has led his team to back-to-back Atlantic Coast Conference women’s tennis championships and seven consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament since being hired in 2000.
Shelton’s decorated career includes being named an All-American at Georgia Tech, where he finished his career in 1988, six appearances at Wimbledon, and seven appearances in the U.S. Open.
A graduate of Randolph High School in Huntsville, Shelton is the most decorated women’s tennis coach in Georgia Tech history. He has led the Yellow Jackets to 108 victories during his tenure, seven NCAA Tournament appearances, two ACC Championships, and a top-three national ranking. The two-time ACC Coach of the Year has had 10 all-ACC recipients and two ACC Rookie of the Year honorees since his arrival, and he has also had the school’s first player to earn the top singles ranking in the nation.
The Yellow Jackets will begin play in their seventh NCAA Tournament May 12th, and will find out their opponent May 3rd when the bracket is released on ESPNEWS at 8:45 p.m.
Another member of the 2006 Induction Class of the Huntsville-Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame was Ralph Malone, a former football standout at Georgia Tech who went on to play in the NFL before moving back to Madison County, where he worked his way into the CEO position at Triana Industries.