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Former Tennis Coach Jack Carter Passes Away

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Jack Carter, former Azusa Pacific tennis head coach, is pictured here at the 2009 dedication ceremonies for the new on-campus tennis courts.
April 19, 2011

Azusa Pacific University professor and former tennis head coach Jack Carter, who battled cancer for nearly 2 years, passed away on Friday, April 15. He was 75.

Carter coached the Cougar tennis program for 7 seasons (1989-95), making him the longest-tenured tennis coach in school history until his successor, Mark Bohren, took over the program in 1996 and has remained as the head coach ever since. Carter compiled a career record of 73-70, and he led Azusa Pacific to the 1994 Golden State Athletic Conference championship, the first of 9 conference titles in program history.

His 1994 squad went 13-4 overall with a perfect 8-0 GSAC record, and the Cougars recorded double-digit wins in 4 of his 7 seasons at the helm. Carter remained at Azusa Pacific to continue teaching math and physics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences after completing his 7-year stint that helped lay the foundation for the Cougars' development into one of the NAIA's top men's tennis programs.

A memorial celebration will be held on campus at Upper Turner Campus Center (UTCC) on Saturday, April 30th, at 3 p.m., with a reception following.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to support Carter's granddaughter, Elanor, who has autism. A memorial website to Jack Carter was created by his family, and it contains information on donating to the Elanor Riehl Support Fund. The site can be reached by clicking the following link to visit