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Saturday, December 8, 2012

December 8th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Hoke Sloan In 1930’s

(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

Today’s photo is from the late 1930’s and shows Hoke Sloan (far left) and his tennis team. Hoke was the tennis coach at Clemson between 1919 and 1958.

Amazingly, Sloan was not paid for his service until the 1940 season, working as a volunteer. He would also drive the team around in his own car.

Sloan owned a men's clothing store in town, located next to Dan's (where the Subway restaurant is now). In addition, he was a huge fundraiser for IPTAY, driving his car out to meet past alumni and persuading them to join.

Although Hoke Sloan grew up in Clemson, he was not a Clemson graduate, but rather an Auburn grad of 1917.

Sloan had the Tennis Complex named in his honor in 1993.

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