WACO, Texas - The Texas Tennis Museum & Hall of Fame honored its newest inductees at a banquet in Waco, Texas on Saturday Nov. 16 and included Southwestern graduate and men's tennis letterwinner Ken McAllister.
Ken McAllister's impressive contributions to Texas tennis are numerous and varied. The San Angelo native began coaching high school tennis in Snyder (1964-1970) where his players won three UIL state titles. McAllister later coached at Deer Park High School (1970-1974) where he was an early advocate in the formation of UIL team tennis. A consummate teacher, he has taught over 30 state and nationally ranked players and coached the U.S. Junior Davis Cup team in 1975.
An accomplished player at Southwestern, McAllister was a part of the team that finished second in the Big State Conference Tournament in 1963. He was a runner-up in men's doubles with partner Jon Walker in the Big State Conference in 1963 and 1964 and played #1 singles and #1 doubles those seasons.
McAllister's playing accolades did not stop upon graduation as he has had 35 Texas rankings since 1971, five USTA rankings since 1983 and won the 1988 PTR National 45 Singles Championship Among his many honors, he was named Texas Pro of the Year twice (1976 and 1980) and has been a USPTA Master Professional since 1987.
McAllister served as Director of Tennis at Walden on Lake Conroe, Montgomery, Lakeside Country Club and Lakeway World of Tennis. He has served as president of the Texas Tennis Coaches Association, the USPTA Texas Division and was inducted into the Texas Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame in 2000.
In 1991, McAllister became Executive Director for USTA Texas overseeing tennis programs in the Texas section of the USTA Under McAllister's leadership, the USTA Texas Section's staff and budget have grown as well as its membership – which now numbers approximately 56,000.
Joining McAllister in the 2013 induction class were Cathy Beene, Coach Bobby Kleinecke and Kathy Langer.