On Saturday, November 15 during halftime of the home football contest against Newberry College, NGU men's and women's head tennis coach Tomas Kurhajec was inducted into the North Greenville University Athletic Hall of Fame.
Kurhajec, a native of Slovakia, has been playing the game of tennis since the age of three. He came to NGU in 2005 to pursue tennis at the collegiate level. He immediately made an impact, assisting the Crusaders in winning two consecutive National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships in 2006 and 2007 which extended NGU's men's tennis championship streak to six straight.
Kurhajec also ran cross country for the University, however found most of his success on the courts garnering two first team All-American nods for singles and doubles competition as well as two second team All-American nods.
He was not just a familiar face around the athletic department. The Dean's List student was involved in many aspects of campus life, working as a resident advisor, in housekeeping, and in the dining hall. He was also known to lend a helping hand in the classroom as well, spending nights working as a tutor.
While a student, Kurhajec was awarded the Sport Management Department's Professional Excellence Award. He graduated in 2009 with a 3.4 grade point average and a bachelor of science in sport management. In 2011, he graduated with a 3.83 grade point average and his master of business administration while working as a graduate assistant for the NGU sports information and operations department.
After receiving his MBA, Kurhajec worked in the Office of Students Services as the assistant men's housing coordinator, assistant cross country coach and was named the men's and women's head tennis coach in 2012.
Kurhajec met his wife Hannah at North Greenville in the spring semester of 2010.
"I am very thankful for the opportunity I had to attend school at North Greenville as a student athlete and then be able to become head tennis coach for the Crusaders and make a difference within the tennis program," said Kurhajec. "I feel blessed to be surrounded with co-workers and friends who are like family to me in the USA."
Induction into the NGU Athletic Hall of Fame is extended to former athletes and coaches whose connections with the University have been dissolved for greater than a one year period.
Inductees must have participated in NGU athletics in good standing for at least two seasons.
Athletes should have demonstrated high athletic achievement while at NGU.Coaches should have demonstrated high professional achievement and the "selfless" attitude in influencing NGU athletes. Individuals should have made significant contributions to the University's athletic program that has resulted in its success, growth, and development.
All individuals being considered for membership in the NGU Athletic Hall of Fame must have demonstrated the highest standards of personal character and morals during their time at NGU, at the time of selection, and induction.