Stephen L. Worthington ’64 began his athletic career at Army and Navy Academy, where he was one of the most successful tennis players in the school’s history. After graduating from the Academy, he went on to Santa Monica College and California State University, Long Beach, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and English Literature. He continued his education at Pepperdine University, earning a Master’s in Secondary Education.
Following his education and two tours to Vietnam in the U.S. Navy, Worthington began his forty-year teaching and coaching career. Since then, he’s coached fifty-two high school teams – three freshmen basketball teams, four varsity basketball teams, and forty-five varsity tennis teams.
Tennis teams under his direction have seen tremendous success, with over 630 wins to date. He’s earned 10 Coach of the Year Awards, and has coached student-athletes to 3 CIF Individual Championships, 17 League Championships, 25 League Individual Championships.
He’s coached numerous notable athletes, including Bob and Mike Bryan, Olympic gold medalists, and Charlie Kimball, Indy car driver. He continues to mentor these athletes to this day.
He was formally inducted into the Elite Athletic Hall of Fame on April 30, 2015.