June Ann (Wernke) Rigney was inducted into the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association Hall of Fame last Friday at the Five Seasons Tennis Center in Indianapolis.
Rigney, a 1986 graduate of Jennings County High School, compiled a career high school record of 105-4 at No. 1 singles and was a member of the All-State team two years.
The University of Indianapolis graduate amassed a career college record of 69-0 at No. 1 singles, and 62-1 at No. 2 doubles. She was the Great Lakes Valley Conference champion all four years in both singles and doubles and received also received the Paragon Award in the GLVC. She participated in the NCAA Division II Tournament in 1988-90, with her best finish being in the round of the final 16 in 1990. The tennis standout was an inductee into the university’s Hall of Fame in 2000.
From 2002 to 2007, Rigney coached girls high school tennis at Greensburg Community High School, where she compiled a 72-24 record with three conference titles and three sectional titles. She later coached the boys team one season at Batesville High School.
The daughter of Paul “Ham” Wernke and Katy Wernke is currently an elementary teacher in Greensburg, where she resides with her husband and two children.
Other inductees at the ceremony included Kevin Gregory, a Ben Davis High graduate who played at Purdue University; Ron Mencias, who played at Notre Dame University after graduating from Roncalli High; and Bryan Smith, a Center Grove graduate who played at Purdue.