Interview with Sam Stinnett, November 18, 2016

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries

 

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00:00:00 - Background and recruitment

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Partial Transcript: Well, I'm Dennis Emery and I'm here with one of our favorite Wildcat players from the past, Sammy Stinnett.

Segment Synopsis: Stinnett talks about his time at Woody Blocher Tennis Academy and discusses being recruited by the University of Kentucky. He then talks about why he made the decision to attend the school, and talks about his driven nature and impressive work ethic. Next, Stint talks about the influence of his father, who worked hard to be able to afford to send him to a tennis academy. Stinnett also talks about his recruiting class and discusses his personal relationships with his teammates.

Keywords: 1992 Southeastern Conference Championship Team; Academics; Adam Malick; Benson, Rich; Bessemer City (N.C.); California; Captains; Carbone, Don; Clemson University; Don Carbone; Duke University; Fathers; Fraternities; Girls; Greg Van Emburgh; Ian Skidmore; John Vargas; Malick, Adam; Mario Rincon; McGee, Patrick; Mothers; National Junior College Champions; North Carolina; Parties; Patrick McGee; Recruitment; Rich Benson; Rincon, Mario; Sigma Chi (Fraternity); Skidmore, Ian; Southeastern Conference (SEC); Tennis players; Tennis, doubles; Tennis, singles; University of California, Irvine; University of Kentucky men’s tennis; University of North Carolina; Van Emburgh, Greg; Vargas, John; Vista (Calif.); Women; Woody Blotter Tennis Academy; Work ethic

Subjects: Academics; Benson, Richard; Bessemer City (N.C.); California; Clemson University; College sports--United States--History.; College sports--United States.; College sports.; Duke University; Fathers; Fraternity Brothers; Girls; McGee, Patrick; Mothers; North Carolina; Parties; Sigma Chi Fraternity.; Southeastern Conference; Tennis players; Tennis teams; Tennis--Doubles; Tennis--History.; Tennis--Singles.; University of California, Irvine; University of Kentucky; University of North Carolina; Vista (Calif.); Women; Work ethic

GPS: Lexington (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.0406, -84.5037
00:13:06 - Freshman year

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Partial Transcript: So, we go into our first match, your freshman year.

Segment Synopsis: Stinnett talks about his first dual match at West Virginia University, which he considers one of the more hostile schools at which he played. He also talks about the various matches he remembers from his freshman year at the University of Kentucky, which included matches with schools such as University of California, Los Angeles and Pepperdine University.

Keywords: Adam Malick; Alan Fox; Alcohol; Andrzej "Andrew" Sznajder; Auburn University; Basketball; Bassett, Glenn; Benson, Rich; California; Canton (Ohio); Childs, Jimmy; Chris Garner; Clemson University; Davis Cup; DePalmer, Michael; Downing outdoor tennis courts; Dual matches; Elevators; Fox, Alan; Garner, Chris; Glenn Bassett; Greg Van Emburgh; Herb Kays; Ian Skidmore; Injuries; Jimmy Childs; Kays, Herb; Kazoos; Kevin O'Neil; Louisiana State University; Louisville (Ky.); Louisville Tennis Club; Malibu (Calif.); Malick, Adam; Malvia Washington; Mario Rincon; Mason, Rocky; Michael DePalmer; Michael Morrison; Middleton Albert “Al” Parker; Morrison, Michael; O'Neil, Kevin; Officials; Parker, Middleton Albert “Al”; Pepperdine University; Rackets; Rich Benson; Rincon, Mario; Robert Weiss; Rocky Mason; Scheduling; Skidmore, Ian; Stanford University; Sznajder, Andrzej "Andrew"; Tennis courts, indoor; Tennis players; Tennis teams; Travel; Uni; University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); University of Georgia; University of Kentucky; University of Kentucky men’s tennis team

Subjects: Alcohol; Auburn University; Basketball; Bassett, Glenn; Benson, Richard; California; Canton (Ohio); Clemson University; College sports--United States--History.; College sports--United States.; College sports.; Davis Cup; Elevators; Fox, Alan; Kazoo; Louisiana State University; Louisville (Ky.); Malibu (Calif.); Mason, Rocky; Morrison, Michael; O'Neil, Kevin; Pepperdine University; Scheduling; Sports injuries.; Sports officials; Stanford University; Sznajder, Andrzej; Tennis Clubs; Tennis courts; Tennis players; Tennis rackets; Tennis teams; Tennis umpires; Tennis--History.; Travel; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Georgia; University of Kentucky; University of Texas; Vanderbilt University; Weiss, Robert; West Virginia University

GPS: Lexington (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.0406, -84.5037
00:32:43 - Southeastern Conference (SEC) tournament

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Partial Transcript: So that puts us, certainly, in the driver's seat for the SEC.

Segment Synopsis: Stinnett talks about playing in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) tournament, which resulted in both singles tennis and doubles tennis wins, and ultimately a second place finish. He also recalls returning to Lexington (Ky.) in the middle of the tournament in order to attend classes.

Keywords: Academics; Adam Malick; Benson, Rich; Classes; Donni Leaycraft; Doubles tennis; Greg Van Emburgh; Hammond, Michael; Ian Skidmore; Illnesses; Leaycraft, Donni; Lexington (Ky.); Louisiana State University; Malick, Adam; Mario Rincon; Michael Hammond; Michael Morrison; Mississippi State University; Morrison, Michael; National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA); Rich Benson; Rincon, Mario; Skidmore, Ian; Southeastern Conference (SEC); Stanford University; Transportation; Travel; University of Georgia; University of Kentucky men’s tennis; University of Mississippi; Van Emburgh, Greg; Vans

Subjects: Benson, Richard; College sports--United States--History.; College sports--United States.; College sports.; Hammond, Michael; Lexington (Ky.); Louisiana State University; Mississippi State University; Morrison, Michael; National Collegiate Athletic Association; Southeastern Conference; Stanford University; Tennis--History.; Tennis--doubles; Transportation; Travel; University of Georgia; University of Kentucky; University of Mississippi

GPS: Lexington (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.0406, -84.5037
00:38:48 - National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament

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Partial Transcript: Yeah, so now we're, now we're off the NCAA tournament.

Segment Synopsis: Stinnett talks about playing the University of Georgia and Clemson University during the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament. Stinnett also talks about the tennis players that he and his teammates faced during the tournament, and tells a story involving a heated match between teammate Mario Rincon and Jeff Tarango.

Keywords: Aggression; Athens (Ga.); Benson, Richard; Blackman, Martin; Charles “Chuck” Kriese; Clemson University; Coaches; Coaching; David Wheaton; Elite Eight; Families; Fans; Glenn Solomon; Grand slam tournaments (tennis); J.J. Riese; Jeff Tarango; John MacEnroe; Kriese, Charles “Chuck”; Martin Blackman; McEnroe, John; National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA); Officials; Richard Benson; Riese, J.J.; Sexism; Solomon, Glenn; Squirrels; Stanford University; Tarango, Jeff; University of Georgia; University of Southern California; Wheaton, David

Subjects: Aggression and violence; Athens (Ga.); Benson, Richard; Blackman, Martin E.; Clemson University; Coaches (Athletics); Coaching (Athletics); College sports--United States--History.; College sports--United States.; College sports.; Families; Fans; Kriese, Chuck, 1950-; McEnroe, John, 1959-; National Collegiate Athletic Association; Sexism; Solomon, Glenn; Sports officials; Squirrels; Stanford University; Tennis umpires; Tennis--History.; University of Georgia; University of Southern California; Wheaton, David

GPS: Lexington (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.0406, -84.5037
00:50:57 - 1989 season

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Partial Transcript: So now we move on the nineteen eight-nine, your second year, your sophomore year.

Segment Synopsis: Stinnett recounts the tennis players who returned for the 1989 season, all of whom came from the Woody Blotter Tennis Academy. He then talks about their unimpressive start to the season, and recalls the various matches he played at the Boone Center in Lexington (Ky.). Stinett also offers his impressions of teammates Mario Rincon and Rich Benson.

Keywords: Adam Malick; All-American athletes; Andy Potter; Bachman, Jim; Backhand volleys; Benson, Rich; Boone Barn; California; Caplin, Mark; Crowds; Dick Leah; Doubles tennis; Fans; Greg Patton; Greg Van Emburgh; Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Complex; Holleran, Randy; Hulls, Scott; Ian Skidmore; Jim Bachman; John Varga; John Yancey; Leach, Dick; Malaysia; Malick, Adam; Mario Rincon; Mark Caplin; Middleton Albert “Al” Parker; Officiating; Parker, Middleton Albert “Al”; Patton, Greg; Potter, Andy; Randy Holleran; Recruitment; Rich Benson; Rincon, Mario; Scholarships; Scott Hulls; Singles tennis; Skidmore, Ian; Tennis players; The Championships (Wimbledon); Travel; University of California, Irvine; University of Kentucky men’s tennis team; University of Minnesota; University of Southern California; Van Emburgh, Greg; Varga, John; Wimbledon Championships; Woody Blotter Tennis Academy; Yancey, John

Subjects: Athletes; Benson, Richard; College sports--United States--History.; College sports--United States.; College sports.; Crowds; Fans; Leach, Richard; Malaysia; Potter, Andrew; Scholarships; Tennis players; Tennis teams; Tennis umpires; Tennis--History.; Tennis--doubles; Tennis--singles; Travel; University of California, Irvine; University of Kentucky; University of Minnesota; University of Southern California; Wimbledon Championships.

GPS: Lexington (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.0406, -84.5037
01:03:06 - Tennis matches

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Partial Transcript: We go to the National Indoors, and we go to the semi-finals.

Segment Synopsis: Stinnett remembers playing in the National Indoor Tennis Finals in 1989, during which Stinnett played University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University. He then talks about a tough tournament which resulted in a loss against Clemson University, and talks about playing various universities.

Keywords: Adam Malick; Alexander O'Brian; Andy Potter; Auburn University; Baton Rouge (La.); Blue Gray National Tennis Classic; Child abuse; Clemson University; David Drew; Doubles tennis; Drew, David; Jerry Simmons; John Varga; John Yancey; Las Vegas (Nev.); Leander Paes; Louisiana State University; Malick, Adam; Mario Rincon; McCain, Scott; Michael Morrison; Middleton Albert “Al” Parker; Montgomery (Ala.); Morrison, Michael; National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA); National Indoor Tennis Finals; O'Brian, Alexander; Oklahoma State University; Paes, Leander; Parker, Middleton Albert “Al”; Pepperdine University; Potter, Andy; Rincon, Mario; Scott McCain; Simmons, Jerry; Southern California; Stanford University; University of Alabama; University of California, Berkeley; University of Georgia; University of Michigan; University of South Carolina; Vanderbilt University; Varga, John; Yancey, John

Subjects: Auburn University; Baton Rouge (La.); California; Child abuse; Clemson University; College sports--United States--History.; College sports--United States.; College sports.; Drew, David; Las Vegas (Nev.); Louisiana State University; McCain, Scott Thomas, 1978-; Montgomery (Ala.); Morrison, Michael; National Collegiate Athletic Association; Oklahoma State University; Pepperdine University; Potter, Andy; Simmons, Jerry; Stanford University; Tennis--History.; Tennis--doubles; University of Alabama; University of California, Berkeley; University of Georgia; University of Michigan; University of South Carolina; Vanderbilt University

GPS: Lexington (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.0406, -84.5037
01:15:19 - Southeastern Conference (SEC) tournament and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament

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Partial Transcript: Um, so, we finish the SEC seven and two, we finish second again.

Segment Synopsis: Stinnett recalls the 1989 Southeastern Conference tournament, which is memorable because his hip began to hurt there. He then talks about the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament against Texas Christian University. Stinnett also discusses the injury to his hip in greater detail, which resulted in a surgery and eventually a hip replacement.

Keywords: Adam Malick; Athens (Ga.); Hip replacements; Hips; Ilie Nastase; Injuries; John Yancey; Malick, Adam; Mississippi State University; Nastase, Ilie; National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA); Southeastern Conference (SEC); Starkville (Miss.); Stress fractures; Surgeries; Texas Christian University; University of California, Los Angeles; Yancey, John

Subjects: Athens (Ga.); College sports--United States--History.; College sports--United States.; College sports.; Mississippi State University; National Collegiate Athletic Association; Năstase, Ilie, 1946-; Southeastern Conference; Sports injuries; Starkville (Miss.); Stress fractures (Orthopedics); Surgeries; Tennis--History.; Texas Christian University; University of California, Los Angeles

GPS: Lexington (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.0406, -84.5037
01:21:08 - Final seasons

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Partial Transcript: So that ends that season and that--and then kind of starts a medical odyssey with you.

Segment Synopsis: Stinnett recalls the difficult 1990 and 1991 seasons and talks about what compelled him to try to play despite his injury in the 1992 season. He then reflects on his experience playing for the University of Kentucky. Stinnett also talks about his two sons and his careers.

Keywords: Adam Malick; Atlanta (Ga.); Careers; Consultants; Degrees, academic; Entrepreneurs; Europe; Families; Horse industry; Horse racing; Injuries; Ireland; Leadership; Lexington (Ky.); Malick, Adam; Occupations; Real estate agents; Sons; Team captains; University of Kentucky basketball; University of Kentucky men’s tennis team

Subjects: Atlanta (Ga.); Basketball; Careers; College sports--United States--History.; College sports--United States.; College sports.; Consultants; Degrees, academic; Europe; Families; Horse industry; Horse racing; Ireland; Leaders; Lexington (Ky.); Occupations; Real estate agents.; Sons; Sports injuries; Tennis teams; Tennis--History.; University of Kentucky

GPS: Lexington (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.0406, -84.5037