Gadsden State Community College
Athletics - Tennis
As the Stewarts begin their 12th season at Gadsden State, there will be a lot of familiar faces returning. This past season, the Cardinals’ finished 23rd in the nation led by Jordan Younghouse, Kyle Cavender, and Michael Bizilia who were named to the Region 22 All Conference team. In addition, the Cardinals excelled in the classroom finishing 5th in the nation academically; with Granger Surrett (Team Captain) and Michael Bizilia being named NJCAA Academic All Americans and Granger Surrett, Michael Bizilia, Jordan Younghouse, and Kevin Triplett being named ITA Scholar Athletes.
During the past eleven seasons, the Cardinals have finished in the Top 25 eight times and the Academic Top 10 nine times. They have claimed two Conference Championships, seven runner up finishes, and two third place finishes.
The Cardinals lose four players from last year’s team, Dakota Harris, Granger Surrett, Jordan Younghouse, and Michael Bizilia. Returnees Kevin Triplett, Jacob McAllister, Matt Wade, Chris Millsap, and Kyle Cavender will be joined by Paul Taylor and Jered Scarbrough.
Coach Stewart played his college tennis at Gadsden State (1971-1973) and Shorter College (1973-1975). During these four years, he was 118-42 in singles matches, 108-40 in doubles, and was named All Conference three out of four years. Coach Stewart participated in the National Tournament three of his four seasons; with his Shorter team finishing 9th in the nation in 1975. Coach Stewart was named ITA Region IV Coach of the Year in 2008, and NJCAA Region 22 Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011. Coach Stewart received his 30 years as a USPTA Professional award in 2013.
Coach Stewart and Paula (Coach P.) were both formerly ranked in the Top 10 in the State of Alabama. The Stewarts served as volunteer tennis coaches at Southside High School for twelve seasons. Thirteen students earned college tennis scholarships during their tenure. The Stewarts also serve as Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Huddle Leaders here at Gadsden State. The Stewarts have two sons: Taylor, a USPTA tennis teaching professional and youth minister, resides in Guntersville with his wife Tenly and daughters Perry Rose and Samantha. Taylor will be serving again this season as a Volunteer Assistant Coach. Trey, who was a member of the 2005 Cardinals team, is a graduate of Auburn University. Trey earned his USPTA certification in 2009 and works as a talent acquisition manager for Home Depot in Atlanta.
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