Ken Wright (’72) – Tennis
A graduate from the class of 1972, Ken Wright was a letterman in tennis at Columbus for 4 years. He was first-team All County for two of those years. In a time when Columbus was a tennis power in Dade County. Ken Wright was it’s most dominant player.
Ken Wright won a scholarship to Auburn University, but it wasn’t for tennis. It was for football.
He began playing football at Columbus only midway through his sophomore year, but less than two years later he was attracting interest from colleges as a defensive back and kick returner. At Auburn, he started as a freshman, was injured, then redshirted and then decided to go back to tennis. Ken spent the final two years of college playing tennis for Auburn with a great measure of success.
Ken graduated from Auburn and did what a lot of Columbus graduates do when they graduate from college. He returned to Columbus. Ken coached the tennis team for two years 1981 and 1982. Both years Columbus earned a spot in the state championship.
Ken left here to take the head coaching job at FIU. Where he led the team to a Division II national championship in 1983.
After working as tennis pro in Las Vegas and playing on the European tennis circuit, Ken returned to school and earned his law degree.
Today, he is a practicing attorney in Auburn, Alabama. Ken and his wife Debbie have two children.