The Lehigh tennis team dominated the MAC conference in the late 1950s in large part due to the play of Lowell Latshaw.
A Bethlehem native, Latshaw came to Lehigh as a highly-touted prospect, and did not disappoint early on. He led the freshman tennis squad to wins in three of its four matches in the 1956-57school year.
Latshaw did not fall victim to a sophomore slump, going undefeated that year. He won the Eastern Intercollegiate singles and doubles crowns , teamed with Bill Scarlett in the doubles, to lead the Engineers to a Lehigh Easterns team victory.
As if his first two years were not noteworthy enough, his junior year was a break-out one, as Latshaw helped the Engineers dominate the MAC conference. He went undefeated in dual meet singles play, eventually going on to win the MAC championship. Latshaw, a team captain, teamed with Tom Earl and won a doubles title as well.
Meanwhile, Latshaw worked hard in the classroom earning his degree in electrical engineering.
In his final year of eligibility at Lehigh, Latshaw continued to dominate on the court. Under Latshaws leadership, Lehigh captured a MAC Northern Division championship, and he wrapped up his stellar career with a 31-match winning streak in singles play.
It is a great honor to be included with the many great athletes who are already in the Hall of Fame, Latshaw said. I grew up in Bethlehem watching many of the greats, both on the football field and on the wrestling mat, so to now be a member along with them is just a great honor."
Latshaw completed his masters degree in electrical engineering in 1961. Along the way, he became the first tennis player ever to win the prestigious Marion Brown Grace trophy, given to the top athlete in Bethlehem.
Upon graduation from Lehigh, Latshaw worked for the IBM Corporation for 30 years and retired as a senior engineer. He currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pa. with his wife Diana. They have two children: Catherine and Caroline.