MSU Varsity 'S' Club- Board Of Directors
Sue Selke was a trailblazer for Michigan State women's tennis, and now will become the first Spartan women's tennis student-athlete to be inducted into the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame. Selke was a member of the first MSU women's tennis team, moving to East Lansing prior to Title IX and women's athletic scholarships.
Selke made the most of her opportunity, winning three Big Ten individual championships from 1973-75 at No. 1 singles, while also helping the Spartans to two Big Ten team titles (1973, 1974) and an overall record of 30-2-1 in her four seasons.
"I am one of these people who talk a lot, but I was honestly speechless when Mark Hollis called," said Selke. "I help with the festivities of the Celebrate Weekend with the Varsity S Club, so I thought he was calling about that. I am very honored to be part of this class and it is a real `wow'. It still hasn't settled in."
Currently, Selke is the executive director of the Court One Athletic Club facilities in Lansing and Okemos. Her main focus is to oversee the tennis department, but also assists with the day-to-day operations of both facilities. She has been with the company for over 35 years, starting as a desk receptionist while in college, and eventually working as a tennis teacher and instructor, a head pro, the director of tennis, and now in her current role. Selke left Court One on two occasions to be a tennis pro in Toledo, Ohio, for a year and a half, and to work five years at the USTA as a tennis service representative for the state of Michigan.
"Michigan State was willing to give me an opportunity," added Selke. "It was pre-Title IX with no scholarships, so we just played for the love of the game. I only applied to three colleges and Michigan State was the only one who would give me financial aid and I knew I needed that to go to college.
"That opening gave me the opportunity to leave Detroit and get my education, but also still play the game I love. All we wanted to do was play tennis and win. We had a coach that made us the best and a great group of teammates to play with. So what I remember is having that opportunity to play a sport and still get an education. Michigan State opened so many more doors, as now here I am an executive director of two clubs."
Selke graduated from Michigan State in 1975 with a degree in physical education with a minor in geography.