UWF Athletics Hall of Fame Profile: Renee Roesch Broxson
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will induct its Hall of Fame class of 2010-11 on Friday, Feb. 18, and leading up to that day each of the five inductees will be highlighted at www.GoArgos.com. The second inductee of the UWF Athletics Hall of Fame class of 2010-11 is former women’s tennis player and special achievement honoree Renee Roesch Broxson.
Roesch Broxson personified sportsmanship during her four-year stint at UWF as a non-traditional student and tennis player, and then as an assistant coach to the women’s tennis team. Roesch Broxson is the University of West Florida’s only winner of the ITA National Arthur Ashe Award. The award honors tennis players from NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and junior colleges who personify outstanding sportsmanship and leadership.
Roesch Broxson first picked up a tennis racquet at the age of 28. With help from friends and local coaches, her tennis skills improved and her love for the game increased. In the fall of 1992, she enrolled at UWF and joined the women’s tennis team. She was the oldest player ever to earn a UWF tennis scholarship. Roesch Broxson was committed to tennis and doing well academically at UWF. From 1992 through the 1995 season, she played in the top six on the women’s tennis team and never missed a match. In 60 percent of her semesters at UWF, she was named to the Dean’s List.
At the end of the 1992 season, Roesch Broxson was voted Freshman of the Year at the NAIA National Tournament. She was 32 at the time. Roesch Broxson was also honored with the ITA South Region Arthur Ashe Award in 1995. From the men’s and women’s tennis teams, only nine Argonauts have won this regional award. In addition to this honor, she is also UWF’s only recipient of the GSC Sportsmanship Award, which was awarded from 1987-1995. In 1995, she was awarded the NAIA Women’s National Sportsmanship-Leadership Trophy (The Arthur Ashe Award).
During Roesch Broxson’s four years on the UWF team, she moved up on the team each year in singles and doubles. In doubles, she teamed with Robin Bracamonte. Roesch Broxson’s hard work, dedication to fitness and accomplishments in the classroom and on the court were an inspiration to her much younger teammates. Each of her four years, the UWF women’s tennis team made an appearance in the NAIA National Tournament.
Roesch Broxson graduated from UWF with a degree in Physical Education. After completing her degree, she worked as an assistant coach with the women’s team from 1996-2002. Roesch Broxson now works with her good friend, Myke Loomis, as the Head Tennis Professional at Hidden Dunes Beach and Tennis Resort in Miramar Beach, Fla. She has continued to play tennis competitively. In 2003, she won the Florida 40 singles and doubles title and the National 40 doubles clay court title.
In a span of 15 years, Roesch Broxson first picked up a tennis racket, became a college tennis player, earned her degree, became a teaching and coaching professional and became a national champion in her age group.
The hall of fame festivities, presented by Pen Air Federal Credit Union, will begin on Friday, Feb. 18 with a fundraiser golf tournament at Scenic Hills Country Club. That night, the induction ceremonies will begin with a social hour at Scenic Hills at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner and program at 7 p.m. The following day, the inductees will be introduced at the UWF men’s basketball game against Lambuth.
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