Nominations and Schedule
Harold Andry, better known as Rocky, is our Official Extraordinaire. He has been a Referee since 1998 and still graces our courts today! He has distinguished himself as an USTA Official, ITF White Badge Referee, and was Official of the Year in 2003. He began his career officiating Tulane Men's and Women's matches then added LSU, UNO, Nicholls State, SLU matches to the list. He has been an official for NCAA Division II Finals, NCAA Regionals, Gulf States Conference Championships, Sugar Bowl jr. Tournament Referee, and National Junior Team Championships just to name a few. Everywhere Rocky goes he is welcomed with open arms. He represents the USTA and tennis with honesty, integrity, and dedication. Congratulations and thank you for all of your years of service to this great sport of tennis.
The Shoptaugh Family or “nation” as referred to by their family is and has been quite the tennis “influencers” since the 1970s. Starting with the Matriarch of the Shoptaugh clan, Ruthie Shoptaugh was a huge part of making Baton Rouge tennis what it is today. She was involved in the beginnings of City Park, Bocage, and Baton Rouge Country Club. If you were a tennis player in that era, you were well involved with the Shoptaughs. She was an avid tennis player, one of the first women pros in Louisiana, tennis parent to all, and exceptional volunteer. She raised her 4 children, Johnny, Cathy, David and Mark, to be entrenched in tennis in their youth, then they went on to become extraordinary players, involved tennis parents, & outstanding volunteers enriching our tennis community having their hands in many areas. Some of these include high school and college Coaching, coordinating Junior Team Tennis, founding and developing the YMCA, volunteering in tournaments, on staff and on board of the LTA, and on and on. Congratulations to the Shoptaughs for this well-deserved honor of being selected into the Louisiana Tennis Hall of Fame.
Lauren Cotter was an accomplished junior tennis player. She was Ranked #1 in Louisiana in 12 singles, 14singles, 14 Doubles, 16
singles, and 18singles. In the south, she was ranked #1 in 14singles, 16 singles, #2 in 18 singles. In the Nation, she was #1 in girls 14 doubles, #16 in girls 14 singles. She was the Easter Bowl National Champion in girls 16s. In High school she led her team of Captain Shreve High School to the National High School Tennis championships as she played #1 in Singles and Doubles. He was recruited and played for SMU at #3. She returned home to play for Centenary College and won the 1983 NAIA National Collegiate Singles Championships. She is in the Centenary Hall of Fame as well as the Northwest Louisiana Hall of Fame.
Aside from the player, she is also a tennis parent, and dedicated volunteer. Her family is the 2017 Louisiana Tennis Family of the Year. She has quite a resume and we are very proud to welcome her into the Louisiana Tennis Hall of Fame.
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