first_imgJune 20, 2018 /Sports News – Local Former BYU Hall of Fame Tennis Coach Passes Away Tags: Ann Valentine/BYU Women’s Tennis/Intercollegiate Tennis Association FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah-Wednesday afternoon, the Brigham Young University athletic department announced the death of Ann Valentine, a legendary Hall of Fame tennis coach for the Cougars.Valentine passed away June 15 surrounded by family and friends.Valentine joined the Cougars’ athletic department in 1969 and served as the women’s tennis coach.She is known for pioneering the first national indoor round-robin team competition, which is now an Intercollegiate Tennis Association Grand Slam event.Over the course of a 27-year coaching career, Valentine’s squads won 71 percent of their matches and amassed 427 victories.In so doing, she became the second-winningest Division I coach in NCAA tennis history.Furthermore, her Cougars squads won 15 conference titles and 19 of her teams finished in the Top 20 in the national rankings, and 11 of her squads finished in the Top 10.She coached 17 student-athletes who combined to win 31 All-American awards.On 12 occasions, Valentine was named as the conference coach of the year and she was a four-time winner of the Wilson/ITA Central Region Coach of the year award. In 1996, she was named as the recipient of the Rolex Meritorious Service Award.Valentine left coaching in 1995 and became the Associate Director of Women’s Athletics at BYU. She also was instrumental in BYU adding softball and women’s soccer programs.She is a 1999 inductee into the BYU Hall of Fame and in 2002, was enshrined in the Women’s Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame.In 2003, Valentine retired from BYU.She earned her bachelor’s degree from Slippery Rock College in 1955 and her master’s degree from Penn State University in 1961. She fulfilled postgraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in 1962.Funeral services are slated for June 23 at 11:00 am at the LDS Stake Center, located at 240 S. Center in American Fork.Valentine will then be interred in her native Pennsylvania after the services have concluded. Written by Brad Jameslast_img