The Lancaster Tennis Patrons Association celebrated its 13th year of Hall of Fame inductions this past weekend by honoring two individuals whose outstanding achievements and contributions to the game of tennis have greatly impacted the Central Pennsylvania community.
Yvonne Kauffman, a player and 14-year head coach at Elizabethtown College, and George Veronis, a player who coaches at Lancaster Catholic High School, were recognized at the Lancaster Tennis & Yacht Club Saturday evening.
Growing up, “Yonnie” Kauffman was a top-ranked player in the Central Penn District and Middle States, and eventually played No. 1 singles at Bridgewater College (Va). In her 14 years as head tennis coach at Elizabethtown, she had two players win the NCAA Division III singles title and had a team ranked as high as No. 4. She was inducted into the Elizabethtown College Ira R. Herr Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.
A 1979 graduate of McCaskey High School, George Veronis played No. 1 singles and was team captain for West Virginia University, helping the Mountaineers to three Atlantic 10 titles. In 1980 he was the team’s Most Valuable Player. Currently coaching the Lancaster Catholic girls tennis team to a 33-9 mark, Veronis has won two section championships in the course of two years.
The Lancaster County tennis community is a close-knit one as, is evident by the sincere regard everyone has for not only these two individuals, also for the Patrons organization. Two additional awards were also given, with the Richard T. Green Community Tennis and Service Award being awarded to Doug A. Pennington, and the Dr. Jill E. Hungerford Scholarship Award being awarded to Shannon O’Malley.
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