Erskine men’s tennis coach Vardon Cox is honored with a plaque for his many years of leading the Fleet. He retired Friday after 45 years of serving in that capacity.
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Erskine men’s tennis coach Vardon Cox is honored with a plaque for his many years of leading the Fleet. He retired Friday after 45 years of serving in that capacity. (Submitted)
Vardon Cox is ready for life after tennis.
That is, after he spent 45 of his coaching the Erskine College men’s tennis team. He retired as the Fleet’s coach after Friday’s 5-0 loss against King in the first round of the Conference Carolinas tournament.


“I went from coaching recreational baseball to coaching men’s tennis,” Cox said, laughing. “So, I had been in some kind of service in that area all my life.”
A former Erskine tennis player himself, and a captain his senior year in the 1960s, Cox took over because the Fleet -- then an NAIA team -- as they were looking for a coach.
He was only happy to fill the void.

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