Induction Class of 2002
A native of Chicago, Curt Coutts served as women's tennis coach at Binghamton from 1975-98. His educational preparation included a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College (1958) and master's (1961) and Ph.D. (1973) degrees from the University of Maryland.
Coutts came to Harpur College in 1963, and was a professor of physical education for 35 years. During that time, he also served as Director of Men's Athletics (1972-74), Associate Director of Physical Education (1974-96) and Acting Director of Physical Education and Athletics (1988-89). As a teacher and coach, Coutts was respected for both his achievement and integrity.
In 23 years of coaching, Coutts had 18 winning seasons, including 14 consecutive ones between 1981 and 1995. His teams amassed 216 dual match victories, and achieved unmatched success in SUNYAC Championship play.
His teams were as dominant as any in conference history, winning 12 of the 13 championships that Binghamton entered, including 10 consecutive titles to end the school's Division III reign. Coutts was named SUNYAC Coach of the Year a remarkable seven times between 1984 and 1995.
In 1983, he led his team to the New York State Championship, topping 23 other schools to capture Binghamton's first state crown. Coutts-led Binghamton teams placed among the top-10 in the state every year, and earned top-5 placement 13 times.
His peers selected him as New York State Coach of the Year in 1996, and as East Region Coach of the Year in 1998. The ETA also selected Coutts as its National Coach for the Girls' 18's in 1998.
During his tenure, Coutts produced four nationally-ranked players, three NCAA tournament participants, seven state champions, countless conference champions and 14 scholar-athletes.
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