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Huntsville - Madison County Athletic HOF Member

NAME:Bryan Shelton
SPORT:  Tennis
Bryan Shelton was born in Huntsville and attended Randolph School. After graduation, Bryan signed a tennis scholarship with Georgia Tech. While at Tech, he earned All-ACC honors in each of his four seasons from 1985-1988. In 1985, he was the ACC Number 1 Singles Champion and in 1986 teamed with Richy Gilbert to win the ACC Champion Number 1 Doubles Championship. He advanced to the quarterfinals of the 1988 NCAA Singles Championship and earned All-American honors. After graduating from Georgia Tech in 1989, with a degree in Industrial Engineering, he turned professional and played on the Pro Tennis Tour from 1989 until 1997. His highest World Singles Ranking was 55th and he won two tournaments: the ATP Singles Title in 1991 and the 1992 Hall of Fame Championship. While on the Pro Tour, he played in the U.S. Open seven times, the French Open four times, and at Wimbledon six times. Shelton’s biggest victory at Wimbledon came in 1994 as he defeated second-seeded Michael Stich en route to a berth in the quarterfinals. In 1993, Bryan was inducted into the Georgia Tech Hall of Fame. After retiring from the tour, Shelton coached MaliVai Washington, a 1996 Wimbledon finalist, until being named a USTA National Coach. With the USTA, Shelton assisted with the development of some of the top juniors in the Southeast. He was hired at Georgia Tech as the head coach of the women’s tennis team in 1999. In his six seasons at the helm of the program, he has earned ACC Coach of the Year honors in both 2002 and 2005. In 2005, Bryan was named as the South Region Coach of the Year. Last season proved to be the most successful year in school history, as Georgia Tech concluded a record-breaking 21 wins, en route to its first appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16 and the first ACC Tournament Championship for any Yellow Jacket tennis team. The 2005 team reached as high as number four in the polls during the season and concluded the year ranked sixth in the nation, which is the highest final ranking for any women’s sports team at Georgia Tech. Bryan currently lives in Smyrna, Georgia, with his wife Lisa, and their children, Emma and Benjamin.