The Texas Tennis Museum & Hall of Fame is proud to announce its Class of 2013. The inductees are Cathy Beene, Bobby Kleinecke, Kathy Langer & Ken McAllister.
WHEN / WHERE:
The banquet will be held in Waco on Saturday November 16, 2013 at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. Self guided tours of the museum will be available from 5:30-6:30pm. The reception will last from 6:30-7:30 and the dinner & banquet will begin at 7:30pm.
The museum is located at 1108 S. University Parks Drive, Waco, TX 76706.
Tickets are $75 each or a table of 8 can be reserved for $600.00. Tickets can be ordered securely online at www.tshof.org or by calling Paige Davis at 800-567-9561.
The official host hotel for this year’s banquet is the Fairfield Inn & Suites www.fairfieldwaco.com located at 4257 North IH-35, Waco, TX 76705, (254-412-2535). Ask for the special Texas Sports Hall of Fame room rate of $89.00 that can be reserved before November 1st.
CLASS OF 2013 BIOS
Cathy Beene has played competitive tennis on all levels and has dedicated her efforts to the betterment of tennis through teaching and collegiate administration. A native of Kingsville, Beene was a member of the Junior Wightman Cup Team from 1967-1969 and was ranked #1 in Texas 18 and under in 1969. At Lamar University, Beene won the USTA-AIAW National Tennis Doubles Championship in 1973 and was voted All-America. She turned professional in 1973 and went on to play the Avon Professional Circuit from 1977-78. She also coached the Texas Jr. Wightman Cup team from 1974-1979. Beene has taught at three different tennis clubs in Texas and has coached tennis at four universities: the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Houston, the University of Texas at Arlington and Georgia Southern University. She has coached five All-America athletes and was the Coach of the Year in the Southwest Conference in 1990 and the Southern Conference in 1998. Beene has worked as an athletic administrator for over twenty years investing her time and efforts in the development of student athletes. Beene was the chair of the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Tennis Committee from 2011-2012 as well as serving as a committee member on the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Committee. Beene is also a member of the Lamar University Athletic Hall of Honor (1993) and the Rio Grande Valley Hall of Fame (2012).
Coach Bobby Kleinecke
A native of Galveston, Texas, Bobby Kleinecke played tennis at O’Connell High School before winning five Missouri Valley Conference singles and doubles titles at West Texas State. Kleinecke began coaching on the high school level at Corsicana, Amarillo and Bryan before beginning an illustrious career as the first ever head women’s tennis coach at Texas A&M from 1985-2011. He coached 4 All-Americans, 58 individual conference champions, 75 all conference singles and doubles citations and 22 NCAA individual qualifiers. Kleinecke had 417 career victories while leading his teams to 12 consecutive and 17 overall NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship appearances. During his tenure, his teams finished the season ranked in the top 25 nine times and had 19 top 3 finishes in the Big 12 and SWC Conferences including three team titles. Kleinecke won the 2002 Wilson / ITA Coach of the Year Award and has been named SWC Coach of the Year in 1986 and Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2003 & 2004. He was inducted into the West Texas A&M Hall of Champions in 2006. In 2008, he earned the USTA / ITA Community Outreach Award for the Southwest Region. Kleinecke has coached thousands of students through his summer tennis camps and created and directed numerous high school and ISTA tournaments.
A native of Michigan, Kathy Langer did not play tennis until the age of 33 when she began teaching the game to high school students. Langer developed a great love and talent for the game over the next 40 years. She has shared this passion for tennis with the citizens of North Texas since the early 1980s when she moved to Dallas. Langer’s natural talent and determination led her to play on USTA leagues with a 4.5 NTRP rating. She has been ranked #1 in singles in Texas for many years as well as ranked in the top five nationally in both singles and doubles. In 2005, she played at the ITF World Team Championships held in Turkey as a member of the Kitty Godfree Cup Team (65s). Her Queen’s Cup (75s) Team won the cup in Croatia in 2012. In 2013, Kathy won 75 doubles in the European Championships in Porschach, Austria which brought her a #1 75 Doubles ITF World ranking. She has volunteered with the Dallas Tennis Association since 1995 as well as serving on its board of directors. Langer has served as Vice President and President of DTA. During her DTA Board Presidency, Langer started the “Invest in a Child” initiative. This program has provided thousands of children with scholarships, free tennis lessons and equipment. Kathy has served on the Texas Section Executive Committee and the board of the National Senior Women’s Tennis Association all while maintaining a top player ranking in her age group. Langer has been the recipient of several awards over the last four decades including the Julius Zinn Senior Service Award for Texas in 2009, the USTA Senior Service Award in 2010 and the Margaret Russo National Sportsmanship Award in 2012.
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, 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 & 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 Assn. 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 54,000.