January 28, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Bobby Bowden, Mike Martin, Joanne Graf and Cecile Reynaud will make
room for one more as Florida State has another member of their elite club.
David Barron, who is in his ninth season as head coach of the men’s tennis
squad, will become the school’s all-time winningest tennis coach if his
team beats Jacksonville tomorrow in Tallahassee.
Barron, a native of Evansville, Indiana, is tied with his
predecessor Richard McKee for the all-time record of 129 dual match wins.
McKee coached the Seminoles from 1984-90 and recently returned to
Tallahassee as a professional instructor at Capital City Country Club.
Barron’s accomplishment is especially impressive as it came over a time
when the number of dual match schedules were significantly reduced by the
“I guess what the achievement speaks most to is the stability of
the program – past and present,” said Barron. “A lot of people enabled me
to get to this point and its really something good for the program. The
great players we’ve had over the years, the cooperation of the athletic and
academic administrations at FSU, the fans and the community have made it a
total team effort.
“I’m not a glory seeker. I love to coach and compete and along the
way this happened. Maybe after the season or sometime I’ll look back on
it, but when I do I’ll think of the players and people who have supported
the program. I guess it speaks a lot for me, but its speaks even louder
for the program.
“When I took over we had a lot of work to do in terms of improving
the facility and the fact that we joined the ACC. I’m proud that I had a
hand in building our new facility and one of the proudest moments I’ve had
was seeing FSU host an NCAA event. It took a lot of long hours for me, my
wife and family in the beginning.”
In addition to the considerable on-court success the Seminoles have
enjoyed over Barron’s tenure has been the performance of the team in the
classroom. The men’s tennis squad has won the Golden Torch trophy as a top
academic program in four of the last eight years.