Legendary Bulldog Coach Dan Magill Dies

25 August 2014

The University of Georgia’s legendary tennis coach…and the man many consider the greatest Bulldog of all time…has died. Dan Magill was 93. His association with UGA began in the 1930s…when he worked as bat boy.

He became Georgia’s men’s tennis coach in 1955 and stayed in that job until after the 1988 season, earning numerous SEC titles, and two NCAA national championships in 1985 and 1987. In addition to his 33 years as head tennis coach, he spent 28 years as sports information director. He was also executive secretary of the Bulldog club, and he traveled to all corners of the state to organize chapters. He served in all three positions at the same time. He retired as head tennis coach in 1988 as the coach with the most wins in NCAA Division I tennis history. His record, a staggering 706 to 183.
His funeral will be private, but a celebration of Magill’s life is scheduled for noon Thursday at the Athens Country Club.

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