PAM RICHMOND CHAMPAGNE


An exemplary scholar-athlete at Arizona State University, Pam Richmond Champagne (b. 1950) captured three national collegiate titles while earning her B.A. degree in psychology, summa cum laude. Only 5 feet, 1/2 inch tall, Champagne powered her way to the Top 10 in national junior competition in the 1960s, after taking up tennis at age 11 in her native Kansas City. As an ASU freshman in 1969, she reached the singles final of the national collegiate championships, playing against Hall of Famer Emilie Burrer Foster.

In 1971, her junior year, Champagne won a remarkable set of victories, sweeping the singles, doubles and team championships in national collegiate competition. She repeated her doubles victory the following year with teammate and Hall of Famer Peggy Michel, was a singles finalist, and again helped lead the ASU Sun Devils to a national title. After graduation, Champagne competed on the Virginia Slims satellite circuit, worked as a teaching professional, and later became a top sales manager. She now coaches business executives as owner of The Champagne Group.

Career Highlights

  • U.S. Collegiate Singles Champion 1971; Singles Finalist 1969, 1972
  • U.S. Collegiate Doubles Champion 1971, 1972
  • Greater Kansas City Girls’ 14, 16, 18 Singles Champion 1964
  • Ranked No. 10 nationally in Girls’ 14 and under singles, No. 5 in doubles 1964
  • USTA/Missouri Valley Section Girls’ 16 and 18 Singles Champion 1966
  • Ranked No. 9 nationally in Girls’ 16 and under singles, No. 6 in doubles 1966
  • Knute Rockne Tennis Player of the Year Award 1967
  • Ranked No. 6 nationally in Girls’ 18 and under singles 1968
  • U.S. Junior Hardcourt Doubles Champion 1968
  • Delaware Grasscourt Girls’ 18 and under Singles Champion 1968
  • Writer of “Junior Jargon” column for Tennis Magazine 1968
  • Ranked in Top 20 nationally in women’s singles 1969
  • U.S. Amateur Doubles and Mixed Doubles Champion 1969
  • U.S. Indoor Singles and Doubles Finalist 1969
  • Member, U.S. Junior Wightman Cup Team 1969­70
  • Member, U.S. Collegiate Championship Team, Arizona State University 1971, 1972
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Arizona State University 1972
  • Arizona State Women’s Singles Champion 1972
  • Competed on Virginia Slims Professional Satellite Tour 1974­75
  • Ranked No. 4 on Missouri Valley Professional Satellite Tour; Tour Director 1976
  • Teaching professional in Phoenix and Los Angeles 1973­1982
  • Inducted into the Arizona State University Sports Hall of Fame 1977
  • U.S. No. 1 Freshman Sales Producer Award, Mutual of Omaha 1991
  • Owner of The Champagne Group, Business and Sales Coaching 1994­present
  • Master Coach Certification through International Coaches Federation 2000