Steve Nash

Steve NashAthlete • Inducted 2006

Steve Nash became the first tennis player to earn three All-American honors in his career. In 1992 he became the first two-time doubles All-American, and just the second player to garner singles and doubles All-American in one championship. In 1991, Nash teamed with Dan Heck to become the first No. 1 doubles team to earn All-American. In 1992, he and teammate Trini Ooi became the first and still only No. 1 doubles team to reach the finals. The duo earned second-team honors, finishing second nationally. Also in 1992, Nash became the first No. 1 singles player at JCCC to reach the finals. He finished runner-up and earned second-team All-American. He also was selected the JCCC Male Athlete of the Year in 1992, becoming the first tennis player to earn this prestigious honor. Nash set a school record compiling 29 career wins at the No. 1 position, which is still a school record today. His 28 career wins in doubles play and his 57 combined victories also set all-time marks. He currently ranks tied for sixth all-time in doubles wins and ninth in combined wins. Nash continued his career at Lamar University playing at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions in singles and doubles. After one season, he transferred to Drake University to finish his college career. In his final season, Nash posted wins over top-25 opponents from Notre Dame, UNLV, Alabama, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. Named co-captain of the team, Nash was conference champion in both singles and doubles, and was regionally ranked in both. His team was qualified for the NCAAs and reached the finals in the region.