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Jeff Kefalos
Jeff  Kefalos

Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
South Carolina, 1976

1998 ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year

Jeff Kefalos joined head coach Kent DeMars' staff in the 1993-94 season and earned ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year honors in his inaugural season on the staff. Kefalos' Gamecock history began as a player in 1973 and continued through 1983 with six seasons as the head coach of the women's team.

During his 16 seasons on DeMars' staff, Kefalos was an integral part of the recruiting and development of some of the program's best players. He helped mentor three All-Americans - Guillame Legat, Seth Rose and Johan Sandberg- and 11 different student-athletes have earned a total of 18 All-SEC honors while Kefalos wasa part of the men's tennis staff.

In addition to his work with the Gamecocks, Kefalos serves as director of the Columbia Tennis Center, a post he has held since March 1977, less than a year after he graduated from South Carolina. In that role, he has been instrumental in developing top junior talent in the Midlands, many of whom have achieved state, sectional, and national rankings. Among his various responsibilities at Columbia Tennis Center, Kefalos directs all activities involving the city's Men's and Junior Tennis Leagues as well as several national, sectional and state tournaments.

Kefalos previously served as head coach of South Carolina's women's tennis team from 1977 to 1983. During that period, he compiled a 127-34 record, with five of his six teams being ranked 12th or better in the nation. He was one of four finalists for National Coach of the Year honors after leading his 1982 team to a 28-3 record.

As a member of Ron Smarr's Gamecock teams from 1973 to 1976, Kefalos was a four-time team MVP and three-year team captain. He was a finalist for the 1976 Rafael Osuna Award, which recognizes outstanding sportsmanship and contributions in collegiate tennis. Known for his excellent groundstrokes and return of serve, Kefalos compiled an impressive 104-14 singles mark and a doubles record of 81-15 during his career. Kefalos ranks sixth in career singles wins and was first in career doubles victories at South Carolina until the 2000 season when Olof Akesson surpassed him with a record of 85-49.

A three-time West Virginia High School singles champion, Kefalos also won the 1972 state men's singles title. The spring prior to beginning his USC playing career, Kefalos reached the semifinals of the Southern Junior Tennis Championships.

Kefalos has been classified as a Professional I member of the United States Professional Tennis Association since 1977. He also is a charter member and past treasurer of the South Carolina Professional Tennis Association.

Kefalos received his bachelor of science degree in business administration, graduating as a scholar-athlete in 1976 from the University of South Carolina. He and his wife, Betsi, have two adult children, Lance and Rawlins.

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