MUNCIE, Ind. - Russell (Rusty) Schubert a former Ball State men's tennis player will be inducted into the Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame.
“This is a great honor for Rusty and I could not be more pleased for him,” said Ball State men’s tennis coach Bill Richards. “I am very proud of all of his career accomplishments as well as his countless contributions to tennis in the greater Cincinnati area and the Ohio Valley District.”
“Rusty helped lay the foundation for the success of our program here at Ball State as a player in the early 80's. He was a versatile player and had an outstanding career as Ball State was emerging as a championship threat in the Mid- American Conference. Cincinnati has a storied and rich tennis history and as Rusty's college coach I am thrilled his name will be among so many other great players and contributors in the Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame.”
Schubert attended Springfield North High School in Springfield, Ohio, where he played at the No. 1 singles position earning three letters and three Most Valuable Player awards. After high school, Schubert was a four-year (1978-82) letterwinner at Ball State. In 1980, Schubert paired up with Dave Ballingall to win the MAC number two doubles championship. He was also one of four members of the Ball State men's tennis team to qualify for the NCAA District IV indoor qualifying tournament that year.
After college, Schubert coached Cincinnati Junior Davis Cup teams to six Midwest titles while also coaching USTA/Midwest teams to two 16-and-under USTA National titles. Schubert authored a book on junior tennis, is a long-time board member of the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Association and has been a teaching pro at the Cincinnati Tennis Club and Eastern Hills Indoor for more than 30 years.