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Meg PeavyMeg Peavy

As a player, coach, and advocate, Meg Peavy has had an accomplished tennis career. From 1977-1979, Meg played #1 singles and doubles for Central Florida Community College and served as team captain in 1978. She then transferred to the University of Louisville and played at #1 singles and doubles along with captaining the team from 1980-1981. For her efforts she was named UofL’s Most Valuable Player in 1981. Meg also received the Terry Hall Award for most doubles wins in a season, and the Joan Fielding Award for most doubles wins in a career. She also boasts the most singles wins per season and career, as well as being a member of the 20 Win Club for singles and doubles. She was also named Player of the Decade at UofL, was inducted into the UofL Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Kentucky Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005.

In 1983, Meg was named the Head Coach of Women’s Tennis for UofL, a position she held until 2002. Under her reign as coach, Meg’s teams earned rankings of #51 in the nation and #10 in the region. She received the Kentucky College Coach of the Year Award in 1987. From 1983-1985, she was also an undergraduate tennis instructor for UofL’s Department of Health and Sports Studies.

In her playing career after college, Meg was ranked #1 in Kentucky Open Mixed Doubles from 1982-1985, and ranked #2 in 1986. In 1986, Meg was the captain of the National Semi-finalist Volvo Team (5.5). She achieved Kentucky #1 rankings in 5.5 Mixed Doubles in 1988, Women’s Open Singles in 1989, 30 and over Doubles in 1992 and 1993, as well as Open Mixed Doubles in 1993 and 35s Mixed Doubles from 1995-1999. In 1990, Meg won the Derby Classic Tennis Tournament. In addition, she captained the USTA Open Division National Finals Team from 1991-1994. 

As an active tennis professional, Meg has worked at numerous facilities within the state of Kentucky . She currently serves as a Teaching Professional and Associate Director of the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center in Louisville , where she has worked since 1994. In 1986, she received the Kentucky Tennis Professional of the Year Award. Meg has also attained a PTR Level I A Teaching Professional Status since 1996.

Meg has served the Kentucky tennis community in many other ways as well. In 1994 she was appointed the KTA Minority Participation Officer. She has been heavily involved with creating the “Rising Stars” Tennis organization, to which she has donated racquets, shoes, clothing, and camps since 1994. From 1999-2002 she was a member of the Rolex Regional Intercollegiate Ranking Committee, and has been a member of the International Tennis Association Hall of Fame Selection Committee since 1999. Since 2000, Meg has been an instructor for the Kentucky Special Olympics and the KTA Wheelchair summer tennis camp. She has also been a member of the KTA/Bluegrass Wheelchair Tennis Tournament Committee since 2000.

The Peavy File
Under Coach Peavy's tutelage the U of L women's tennis program grew in many ways, some of the most notable are as follows:

  • Cardinals were ranked as high as 59th in the nation
  • Doubles tandem of Manisha Patel and Nadia Karpol were ranked 40th in the ITA
  • Nadia Karpol was ranked 51st in singles in the ITA
  • 2001 ITA All-American Academic Team
  • Highest team GPA Award six times
  • Two-time Black/Red Award winner for highest winning percentage among all U of L teams
  • Five players earned Conference USA Commissioner's Medallion Award