Glenn "Fuzz" Corey
Robert Darbee
Bay City Western
Ron Kunold

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Glenn Corey, Troy High School

Fuzz Corey went out for tennis at Royal Oak Kimball High School because he thought it would be the quickest way to gel a varsity letter. Through a series of circumstances and mishaps (a bout with mononucleosis was one of them). he didn't get that award until his senior year. Long after it would do him much good on the high school social scene. But of course, the experience was the start of something much bigger.

Some coaches start and end in one place. Sometimes, they establish a program in a school district that has never heard of the sport, nurture it from nothing to State power, set records, and retire as "Mr. Tennis" of their community.

Not so with Fuzz, whose journey was long and winding, very much a work in progress. He continued to develop his game at MSU without the aid of then-varsity men's coach Stan Drobac (who didn't seem interested in a 3rd doubles player). After graduation. he became boys varsity coach at Troy High School, quit to go back to grad school, resumed to coach boys JV at Troy, quit to teach college art history, returned as JV coach at Rochester Adams, and then went back to Troy High School, again as boys varsity coach. Recently, he took the opportunity to organize a new team at Dakota High School, to experience a starting over of sorts and "to see what life is like in Macomb County."

This is not the saga of a wandering, itinerant tennis bum who is "coach of all schools, master of none." Getting into the Hall of Fame involves, among other things, accomplishment and service. And while his record doesn't involve multitudes of conference and regional championships, insiders know that year-in and year-out Fuzz fielded skilled teams who competed against some of the best squads in the state. He regularly coached some of the best boys and girls in the state who didn't appear in the final tournament because they competed in regional tournaments against the likes of Bloomfield Hills Lahser, Rochester and Rochester Adams, Birmingham Seaholm and Groves, Brother Rice and Marian, and Troy Athens.

In addition, these regional tournaments, annually some of the strongest in the state, were very often managed by none other than Fuzz, whose soft-spoken authority has been praised far and wide. In fact. a typical season will see him presiding over one or more Saturday events, a league tournament, and a JV league tournament. He seats on the MHSAA Rules Committee, has been on the MHSAA seeding committee for a number of years, and is on the MHSTeCA board of directors. For the past two years, he has designed the cover of our association's directory.

Learning for Fuzz, it seems, has never stopped. He has attended numerous coaches and teaching professional clinics, became a certified member of the United States Professional Tennis Association, and worked with some of the best players in his area in the summertime as a coach of the Southeastern Michigan Junior Davis Cup team. He plays for USTA summer teams, still plays tournament tennis, and has a SEMTA ranking in the Men's 45s. He has attended the U.S. Open several times, been there to see the Canadian Open, and even journeyed to see a WTA tournament in Kitzbuhl, Austria.

Induction into the Hall of Fame, undoubtedly is just a pause in Fuzz's journey. Not one to sit still for long, he will continue to refine an already impressive set of coaching skills, improve an already competent game, and serve in a variety of capacities, not heretofore attempted. Truly a work in progress, he is asked to pause long enough to accept our congratulations and receive a plaque that commemorates extraordinary accomplishment and service.

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Bob Darbee, Bay City Handy, John Glenn, Western

At first glance - especially if the glance is at the statistics - Bob Darbee's record as a high school tennis coach is not the stuff of legends. While coaching at three different Bay City area high schools during 25 years, he directed teams that won less than half of their matches - 147 dual wins as against 163 losses - and qualified for state competition but twice as a regional runner-up.

But as anyone who knows him can testify, Darb's influence went far beyond the numbers. An accomplished tennis player from East Jordan who was a Class C state champion in 1955, he took his considerable skills to a community that was blessed neither with facilities nor with tennis tradition. Bay City Handy had only two courts, Bay City John Glenn had none, and Bay City Western had but four, yet despite these handicaps, Darb left quite a legacy.

Bob, who played No.1 singles at both Alma College and Central Michigan University, succeeded in making tennis fun by employing many unique ideas for practice sessions and matches. As a physical education teacher and swim coach, he recruited strong athletes to fill out teams, then set about teaching them another lifetime sport.

In Darb's words, "incentives were all over the place." He had a pack of tickets printed up. lf you won a match 0-0, you got a ticket for a Big Mac. If you won 0-1, your ticket was for a cheeseburger. An overhead that bounced over the back fence got you a coke. The list went on and on.

But Darb's efforts went beyond ticketed incentives. He frequently spent weekends traveling to tournaments and bought his team food after road trips. He arranged indoor court time and then picked his kids up on a daily basis to transport them to better practice courts. Typically, he once handed one of his players $20 of his personal money to buy much-needed replacements for some very worn tennis shoes. Indeed, players describe Bob using such adjectives as "kind," "caring," "competitive," "humorous," "intelligent," "calming," "insightful," "humorous," and "dedicated."

"One of a kind"  according to Western High School principal Alan L. Bryant, Darb is no stranger to Hall of Fame honors. He was inducted into the Michigan High School Coaches Association in 1998 in recognition of 40 years as a swim coach whose teams won 419 meets, 15 conference championships and three Top Ten finishes. He was inducted into the Bay County Sports Hall of Fame in 1999 and received the Michigan High School Swim Coaches Association's highest honor: the Matt Mann award, in 1988.

Typically self-effacing, Darb gives credit not to himself but instead to several athletic directors and principals with whom he has worked, in part because "they put up with my asking forgiveness instead of permission." An innovator, he represents the "ultimate quality coach."

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Ron Kunold, Hemlock High School

The numbers: 21 years as boys coach, 3 as girls. Total record: 2O8-40-5. Teams finished 5th in the state in 1993 & 97, 6th in 1992, 9th in 1999, and 10th in 1991 & ‘95. MHSTeCA’s Coach of the Year in 1991.

But Ron Kunold’s impact on the tiny farming community of Hemlock goes far, far beyond the numbers. Consider the overwhelming testimony:

It is the enormous privilege of the Michigan High School Tennis Coaches Association to extend that legacy with induction into our Hall of Fame.

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