Men's Tennis

2021/22 Men's Tennis

Coach Buster Stewart

Buster Stewart
Men's Tennis Coach

256-226-2282
gscc-coach@comcast.net

As the Stewarts begin their 18th year at Gadsden State, there will be a lot of new faces. This past season, the Cardinals continued to excel in the classroom, with Landon Macoy, Jac Myrick, and Taylor Walls being selected as NJCAA Academic All Americans and ITA Scholar Athletes. The Cardinals were also ranked by the ITA as one of the top 9 teams in the nation academically for JUCO men’s tennis teams.  

During the past seventeen seasons, the Cardinals have finished in the Top 25 ten times and the Academic Top 30 sixteen times. They have claimed two Conference Championships and eight runner-up finishes during that span.

For the 2021-22 season, the sole returnee is Taylor Walls who will be joined by six freshmen: Tanner Arnold, Colton Dugger, Cannon Harmon, Joanah Hudson, Noah Hefner, and Eli Lones.

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 35 years as a USPTA Professional award in 2018.

Coach Stewart is assisted by his wife, Paula (Coach P.) and Dan Berry. Coach Stewart and 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. Dan is a veteran player of southern USTA tournaments and is a great addition to the Cardinals program.

The Stewarts have two sons, Taylor, a tennis teaching professional in Atlanta, Georgia, and Trey. Trey was a member of the 2005 Cardinals team, and works as a talent acquisition manager for Google in Austin, Texas.

 

 

Tennis Rank Academic
2005 19th not ranked
2006 19th 8th
2007 13th 7th
2008 16th (tie) 5th
2009 18th 9th
2010 17th (tie) 9th
2011 20th (tie) 9th
2012 not ranked not ranked
2013 17th 9th (tie)
2014 not ranked 7th
2015 23rd 5th
2016 25th 10th
2017 not ranked not ranked
2018 not ranked 6th (tie)
2019 not ranked 10th (tie)
2020 not ranked 16th
2021 not ranked 9th

 

Date Opponent Location Time
January 29 (Sat.) UT-Southern JSU TBA
February 4 (Fri.) Huntingdon College Away 1:30
February 12 (Sat.) Oxford College Away 1:00 ET
February 19 (Sat.) Bevill State Home 1:00!
February 26 (Sat.) Coastal AL South CC Away 1:00 !
March 4 (Fri.) LaGrange College Away 1:00 ET
March 6 (Sun.) Wallace Hanceville Away 2:00!
March 12 (Sat.) MMI Away 1:00 !
March 18 (Fri.) Shorter University Away 2:00 EDT
March 19 (Sat.) Coastal AL South CC Home 1:00 !
March 20 (Sun.) Bevill State Away 1:00!
March 26 (Sat.) MMI Home 1:00 !
April 9 (Sat.) Wallace Hanceville Home 1:00 !
April 10 (Sun.) Oxford College Home 1:00
April 22-23 Region Tournament Mobile TBA
May National Tournament TBA TBA

 

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Player Hometown Class
Tanner Arnold Cedartown, GA Freshman
Riddic Dugger Southside Freshman
Joanah Hudson Lexington Freshman
Noah Hefner Southside Freshman
Eli Lones Hazel Green Freshman
Jac Myrick Talladega Sophomore