Brockhoff Inducted Into Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame
Aug. 15, 2005
CINCINNATI - Xavier University's legendary head men's and women's tennis coach Jim Brockhoff was enshrined into the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Association Hall of Fame on Saturday, August 13. Brockhoff along with four other inductees were honored on center court during the finals of the Western & Southern Financial Group Seniors Championship at the Lindner Tennis Center. Joining Brockhoff in the 2005 class were Reuben A. Holden, Caroline Kuhlman, Andrea Farley and Jack Guggenheim.
"I am honored and humbled to be recognized with such a prestigious group of individuals as part of Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame," said Brockhoff. "Being inducted into the Hall of Fame gives me an opportunity to thank all of those who have helped me over the years, but I would especially like to thank my family and my wife, Mary, who have been by my side every step of the way."
Brockhoff is entering his 44th season as the men's head coach and 33rd season as the women's head coach. Brockhoff has accumulated 945 wins in his 43 years at Xavier including leading the women's team to a program record 21 wins in 2004 along with a first-ever national ranking. He earned Midwestern Collegiate Conference's Women's Coach of the Year honors in 1991 and 1994. He also coached XU's first-ever men's and women's conference champions in Jen Becker and John Pucin as well as its first ever Atlantic 10 Most Outstanding Performer and Most Outstanding Rookie Performer when Lauren Clary was honored at the conclusion of the 2001-02 season.
Brockhoff has enjoyed numerous highlights as a coach, including an 18-match win streak for the men's team during 1988-89 that led to a school record 22 wins (22-3) and a second place finish in the MCC Championships. The men's team also enjoyed a 22-match winning streak during the 1971 and 1972 seasons. He took two players to the 1971 NCAA Championships in singles and doubles. His player's opponents that year included Jimmy Connors and Jeff Austin.
Brockhoff, who was elected to the Xavier Athletic Hall of Fame in 1981, is a familiar face in tennis outside Xavier as well. As a player, Brockhoff has won city championships in junior, open and senior division levels in singles and doubles. He has umpired the finals of the Western and Southern Financial Group Master Series Cincinnati, while also working at the U.S. Open and the National Clay Court Championships. Brockhoff, who is also a referee for the national Father-Son Championships, is a popular tennis pro at Eastern Hills Indoor Tennis Club and Coldstream Country Club.
Brockhoff, 71, and his wife Mary reside in Cincinnati and have five children (Beth, Brad, Brian, Anne and Maure) and eight grandchildren.