Thomas Hipp Dies at 89 Years Old
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Early Life and Education
Tom Hipp was an outstanding pediatrician at Pennridge for more than 45 years and an active member of Grand View Health Foundation’s Board of Trustees for over two decades, becoming one of its founding members and serving on their Board.
After graduating from Barry University, Hipp quickly established himself as one of the greatest men’s tennis players ever seen at his alma mater, amassing an outstanding 67-13 singles record that put him near the top of all-time win lists.
Hipp first made his off-Broadway stage debut with Rockabilly Road at West Bank Theater and his Broadway performance as Buddy Holly in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story at Theatre Row. Additionally, Hipp made appearances on television shows ER, Scrubs, CSI: Miami as well as movies including John Woo’s Face Off: Waking of Dead and Three Sisters.
Hipp achieved several notable victories as a boxer. He won his inaugural fight in August 1987 at Lane County Fairgrounds in Eugene, Oregon with a four-round decision against Steve Cortez; next he met Utah native Veti Katoa in Carson City, Nevada where he won by five-round unanimous decision.
He was honored with being named Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year, setting Barry University’s career wins record at 67 victories against 13 losses for an incredible 837 winning percentage. Additionally, in March 2012 he was honored by being inducted into the Sunshine State Conference Hall of Fame.
He acted in numerous movies, such as John Woo’s Face Off and More Dogs Than Bones (where he co-starred alongside Joe Mantegna as bungling hit men). Additionally, he was an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church of Odin as well as serving on the boards for Sunflower Diversified Services and Clara Barton Hospital Foundation; additionally volunteering for RSVP of Greenville.
Achievement and Honors
He earned three Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American honors in both singles and doubles play. He holds the school record for most singles wins with 67, and fourth in doubles with 78 career victories overall. Additionally, in 2003 he was honored as Men’s Player of the Year as well as Freshman of the Year while leading his team to win conference tournament titles both that season and five more consecutively after that.
Hipp joined the Saints coaching staff in 2014 after serving seven years as an assistant coach at Barry University, leading his Buccaneers to a perfect 29-0 record and winning the NCAA Division II national title in 2013. Furthermore, Hipp was part of three separate men’s teams that finished as national runners-up.
Hipp led the Saints to a program-record 21-7 record and their third straight NCAA Division II Southeast Regional appearance in 2018, coaching singles player Luca Bolla to All-American status and doubles team Konstantin Dustmann/Lukas Storck to All-American honors as well.
Hipp has made numerous television and film appearances outside his coaching duties. On HBO’s Carnivale series he played half-man-half-woman circus performer Bert/Bertha Hagenbach; co-starred in two Showtime movies (Manchild and South of Pico); guest starred on shows ER, Scrubs, CSI: Miami and Without a Trace as a circus performer; was co-starring in two Showtime movies Manchild and South of Pico respectively; guest starred as many more shows/films!
In his inaugural year as head coach of the Bucs, he led them to win another NCAA Division II national title and four players earned All-America honors from both ITA and SSC. Two doubles teams also received All-SSC recognition.
Hipp, a third-generation Greenvillian, has long been involved in supporting local nonprofits that foster diversity and opportunity within his community. He currently sits on the boards of directors for both Urban League of the Upstate and Public Education Partners; additionally, he was instrumental in founding Liberty Fellowship as a network of values-based leaders that works toward expanding opportunity in Greenville.
Thomas Hipp has an estimated net worth of around $1 Million, according to Forbes magazine. Hipp is married to Sheila and they reside in Topeka; both avid football and golf fans, he enjoys both hobbies immensely. Since April 1990 he has been appearing as a news anchor on WIBW Channel 13 with several sports reporting segments under his belt.
He is well-known in his community and for his charitable endeavors. An advocate of mental health issues, he has helped raise money for various programs.
He can be seen regularly on F/X’s Terriers and The Last Godfather, while filmmaker Abel Ferrara cast him in Welcome to New York, contributing both opening and closing credit themes as well as writing “Midnight for You”, which Carole King credits with encouraging her to break out from her musical circle.