April 1, 2014
Charlotte, N.C. - Former Coastal Carolina women’s tennis player Emma Kidd has been elected for enshrinement in the Big South Conference Hall of Fame, it was announced today by the League. Kidd is the first women’s tennis player to be inducted into the Conference’s Hall of Fame, and will be officially inducted on Thursday evening, May 29, 2014, during a special ceremony as part of the Big South’s annual spring meetings at the Marriott Resort in Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Kidd, who played from 1999-02, was a four-time Big South Women’s Tennis Player of the Year -- the first and only Big South women’s athlete in League history to be award Player of the Year all four years of eligibility. She was the first player in Big South history to earn All-Conference honors in Singles play all four years, and coupled with her four All-Conference accolades in Doubles competition, she was the first player in League annals to be named All-Conference in Singles and Doubles all four years of her career (now one of three). She still holds Coastal Carolina’s school record for most singles victories with 114, as well as doubles wins with 92. Her final four-year record against Big South competition was 28-1 in singles and 22-2 in doubles.
Voted the Big South Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year in 1999 -- the second tennis player at the time to receive both awards in the same season, Kidd led the Chanticleers to the Finals of the Women’s Tennis Championship in 2000, which was Coastal’s first appearance in the title match since 1995. As a junior in 2001, Kidd was part of CCU’s first-ever Big South Women’s Tennis Championship and NCAA Tournament berth, as the Chants went 20-2 that season. She helped the Chanticleers reach the Big South final for the third consecutive year in 2002. During her time in Conway, Kidd led Coastal to a 62-23 overall record, including an 18-4 mark in Big South play.
A three-time ITA Scholar-Athlete selection in 2000, 2001 and 2002, Kidd was a three-time member of the Big South Women’s Tennis All-Academic Team and was voted the Women’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2000. She was also a four-time team MVP and two-time team captain during her career. Kidd played professionally in 2005 and 2006, and was inducted into Coastal Carolina’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007.
The Hall of Fame was created in 2003 as part of the League’s 20th Anniversary celebration, and now totals 53 former Big South Conference student-athletes, coaches, administrators and contributors.