September 2005 Tennis Volunteer of the Month
Bob McKinley of San Antonio, Texas
|Bob McKinley at the 2005 Junior Sectionals.|
To those in the tennis industry, Bob McKinley wears a few different hats. Many know him as winner of the 1968 Boys 18 Kalamazoo or as part of the 1972 Trinity University National Championship team.
Some recall his time on the pro tour, including his participation in singles and doubles. Others admire him as a member of both the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame and the ITA Collegiate Hall of Fame.
But according to Kevin O'Shea, Director of Competitive Tennis for USTA Texas, "the Bob McKinley that stands out the most is the coach dedicated to excellence, determined to instill sportsmanship in his players and the game of tennis."
Bob’s devotion to tennis is unquestionable. As director of the John Newcombe Tennis Academy, Bob spends six months of the year traveling for tennis. Bob’s volunteer service includes chairing the Texas section Junior Tennis Council and serving as a member of the national USTA Youth Competition and Training Committee. He also sits on the Coaches Commission and has served as Coach for the Boys/Girls 16 Intersectional.
Most coaches’ goal for their players is to win gold balls. Bob is no different; however, he takes equal pride in the sportsmanship awards of his students. Three of his players have won the Bill Talbert Sportsmanship Award, most recent winner Ashwin Kumar, a current Harvard standout.
"Bob taught me about discipline and was responsible for shaping my character. He was a true role model," Kumar said.
Even though he is a St. Louis native, after thirty years of volunteering for tennis in Texas, Bob is considered a true Texan. Ken McAllister, executive director of USTA Texas, said, "the addition of Bob McKinley to the Texas section volunteer force has brought historical credibility to our junior competitive program. Combine that with his fair, conscientious, and studious approach to problem-solving and innovative thinking, and we have the leadership to keep us on top of the game."
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