“The many friendships and bonds created by competing on the tennis court cannot be replaced. Those are lifelong friends and memories.” ~~DeWayne McCamish, 2018
Class of 2003
Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame in 2004
Though he played sports at MTSU from 1963 to 1967 it was not until 1980 that DeWayne McCamish “got the tennis bug.” McCamish began playing tennis with his 12-year-old son, Troy, who had decided he wanted to take up the sport. One of his favorite tennis memories is participating in a National Father Son event in the early 1980s where he and his son won the regional tournament and then competed in Charlotte for a chance to play at the U.S. Open. Between 1992 and 2015, McCamish was the Tennessee Men’s Adult Tennis Singles Championship more than 20 times. A big influence in his early tennis life was Ramsey Earnhart and later Eric Voges (Class of 2016) and Ned Caswell (Class of 2013). McCamish served on the Board of the Manker Patten Tennis Club from 1992 to 2001 and as President of the Club from 1996 to 1999. During his tenure, the Board sought to host the state tennis tournament in Chattanooga. This successful endeavor continued for many years with McCamish serving as Chair and the tournament being named the TN Tournament of the year in 1993, 1995 and 1998. Among the many awards given to McCamish for his service to tennis was TN Tennis Family of the Year in 1993. McCamish has also served as a Board Member of the Chattanooga Tennis Foundation since 1994 and was a Board Member on the Tennessee Tennis Patrons Foundation from 1996 to 2017. For more than four decades, McCamish has been a leader in numerous civic and professional organizations throughout Chattanooga and remains an active member of the community. Longtime residents of Chattanooga, DeWayne McCamish and his wife, Marilyn have three children and five grandchildren. He retired from a private practice of Orthodontics after 45 years on January 8, 2018. He still maintains three special full-time patients who happen to be his two grandsons and granddaughter. Dr. McCamish received numerous professional awards, most recently the UT College of Dentistry Outstanding Alumnus of the Year in 2017 and the Southern Association of Orthodontists Lifetime Achievement Award in October 2018. This prestigious award was renamed the Southern Association of Orthodontists DeWayne B. McCamish Lifetime Achievement Award.