Unique tennis story at Clemson
The Maden brothers are the first doubles team consisting of brothers to start for the Tigers since the 1913 season (100 years ago) when brothers John and James Erwin teamed together for two years. In 1913, John and James Erwin won the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) Doubles Championship after James won the SIAA Singles Title. The SIAA composed of many of today’s Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference teams.
The Erwin brothers were from Spartanburg, SC and were also stars on the Clemson basketball team. James stills holds the single-game scoring record with 58 points in a game against Butler Guards on February 9, 1912. John also played on the basketball team and was later the head coach/player on the 1913-14 team. He was the head coach of the Clemson Tiger basketball team in 1914-15. Both Erwin brothers were on Clemson’s first basketball team in 1911-12. James was the center and John was a forward.