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Former Mountaineer Phil Secada will be inducted into the Miami-Dade Country Tennis Hall of Fame for his lifetime of dedication to the sport of tennis.
Courtesy: Appalachian State Athletics
Former App Selected to Miami-Dade Hall of Fame
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Monday 02/27/2012 (ET)
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MIAMI, Fla. - Appalachian State University alumnus Phil Secada, a former member of the ASU men's tennis team will be inducted into the Miami-Dade County Tennis Hall of Fame on March 25 at the Sony Ericsson Open.

Secada began his tennis career at age 14 and earned a top-15 USTA Florida junior tennis ranking in 1973. He went on to become a Florida State Junior College Tennis Champion at Miami Dade Junior College North Campus.

As a Mountaineer, Secada represented Appalachian State at the 1976 Southern Conference Tournament, placing runner-up in No. 3 singles and sixth-place at No. 2 doubles. He also made contributions in the 1977 season.

After graduation, Secada pursued several years of tennis coaching and tennis-related research. He earned an MBA in computer management information systems from Florida International in 1992

In the early 1990's, Secada conducted extensive investigation on the history of Florida junior tennis during the period of 1960 to 1990. His results were published in Florida Tennis magazine, leading to positions as a journalist for the magazine as well as official historian for USTA Florida. Secada's Hall of Fame honors recognize his many years of dedication to both posts.

More recently, Secada has continued his efforts to study the history of junior tennis, updating his work through 2000 and extending his scope to Southern California and U.S. national junior rankings.

Secada is currently a mathematics teacher at Andover Middle School in Miami Gardens, Fla. He lives with his wife, Cheryl Palomaria Secada, and children, Claudia and Phil Jr.

Secada credits a wide-ranging support network for his success. "I am most appreciative to all of my tennis friends and colleagues, whose kindness and support towards me has made this very special award possible. Thank you!"

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