TOP PHOTO: Garrett Medley (front row, white LMU shirt) is surrounded by his coach and fellow CCHS tennis teammates on his scholarship signing day.
JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – Campbell High Tennis Coach Josh Parker calls Garrett Medley “the most complete student.” Parker adds that the multi-sport player does everything so well. Medley, “G” as he’s called, signed scholarship papers at LMU on Thursday morning as upwards of 50 family, friends, teammates, coaches and others were on hand in the Campbell County High School Auditorium.
With a senior season still to come, Medley already has a district doubles championship to go along with a district team championship and undefeated season on his resume’. He played doubles as a freshman, did not have a sophomore season due to COVID-19 and is the team’s number one player his final two seasons. “In that number one spot means he’s plays the best of the best every match,” said Parker.
Medley has played basketball, competed in track and golf in addition to his outstanding play in tennis. “I’m really excited though I thought I’d be going to college somewhere further away than Harrogate. I’ll be away, but it will still have that hometown feel,” said Medley.
His sister Blair was a senior tennis player when Medley was a freshman, and Parker credits her for influencing him to play. Blair Medley, who also excelled in basketball, was two matches away from qualifying for the state tournament.
Medley, who plans on becoming an orthodontist, a major LMU will offer next year, was unsure how his tennis coach would look at his dedication to academics over tennis. He was relieved to learn that Coach Marc Walters is big on academics and told him that school came first. “Too much tennis was going to be a deal breaker,” said Medley.
“He’s a natural leader, and Garrett is the first CCHS tennis player in the modern era to sign with a college,” said Parker. “When people talk Cougar Tennis, Medley’s name is brought up first, because he’s paving the way for others,” Parker said.
One perk to this season is a match against the Cumberland Gap Panthers. They’ll play at LMU’s indoor tennis facility where Medley will soon be playing on a regular basis.
“My goal as a freshman was to have a signing day,” said Medley. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 01/14/2022-6AM)