CMA Tennis has competed in the IHSAA for over 40 years and has captured 25 Sectional championships, 10 Regional titles, six Semi-state championships, and appeared in six State Finals, with its highest finish coming in 2007 when it lost in the final match.
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The program is firmly aligned with Culver’s mission and objectives, and we strive to emulate the Spirit of Culver: “The hope to win, the zeal to dare; contempt for what is base and mean; pride in achievement that is fair, and high regard for what is clean.” This is achieved primarily through consistency in the coaching ranks, with just two head coaches overseeing the program since 1969. Current head coach Alan Loehr is USPTA-certified and is in his 30th year with the program. With a no-cut program, the 10:1 student to coach ratio is designed not only to develop players to compete at the highest level of state and USTA tournament-level competition, but also to nurture a lifelong appreciation for the game among those whose first introduction to tennis occurs at Culver.
Supporting the program philosophy is the most comprehensive high school facility in the state of Indiana. Opened in 2007, the Gable Tennis Complex features 15 outdoor and five indoor courts. The five feature outdoor courts are lit, and scoring is monitored by electric Daktronic scoreboards. The outdoor and indoor complexes have each been awarded the USTA Outstanding Educational Tennis Facility in 2012 and 2014, respectively. The site is host to one of 64 IHSAA Sectionals, 16 Regionals, and one of only four sites for Semi-State competitions.
CMA Tennis became a varsity sport in 1924. Its early years were highlighted with the presence of the Boys Junior National Tournament, which Culver hosted from 1928 to 1942. In 1943, by agreement with the USLTA and with World War II priorities consuming Culver, the tournament was moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan, where it has continued as one of the premier showcases for schoolboy stars in America. Culver hosted the likes of Bobby Riggs, Don Budge, Ellsworth Vines, Jack Kramer, Budge Patty, and Ted Schroeder, while Bill Tilden performed exhibitions on our lakeside clay courts in the latter years of his playing career.
Jim Bishop, a history instructor and Rhodes Scholar, also put Culver on the map by becoming the first person from “west of the Potomac” elected to chair the USLTA, a position he held from 1953-1955. Prior to that role, he helped shape the United States Davis Cup teams that dominated that competition throughout the 1940s.