USTA Missouri Valley
Hall of Fame
May 11, 2017
Each year the USTA Missouri Valley recognizes and honor individuals who went above and beyond for the game of tennis, and ensuring their continued involvement in the game and the section.
|Mark Johnson was a successful coach at the University of Oklahoma for 20 years, and continues to make it a priority to give back to the game. As a junior player, Johnson was the USTA Missouri Valley junior singles champion in 1972, 1974, 1976, 1979 and 1980. He was also the USTA Missouri Valley junior doubles champion 1971, 1972, 1974 and 1976. From there he went on to have a successful career as a player at Oklahoma State. He was the Big 8 Conference Singles and Doubles champion in 1981 and 1982, and was named an NCAA All-American in 1981. He then served as the head women’s tennis coach at Oklahoma University form 1988-2008 compiling a 306-176 career record. He coached 23 conference champions and had 4 NCAA singles qualifiers and 5 NCAA doubles qualifiers.|
|Bob Bates is a long-time volunteer and official, and successful player. Bates has served as volunteer for USTA Heart of America for over 40 years. During that time, he served three terms are President, and four terms as Treasurer. He also served as Vice President of USTA Missouri Valley. He spent 20 years as an official, officiating at the US Open six times. He also was an official for the USTA Clay Court Championships, NAIA Championships as well as NCAA and World Team Tennis Matches. On the court, Bates played as the No. 1 singles player on the University of Minnesota freshmen team, and won 20 district and sectional doubles championships. He also earned eight trips to USTA League National Championships, captaining five of the teams.|
|Wilbur Jones is a successful player and coach, who has won a number of USTA tournaments. Jones first picked up a tennis racquet at age 35, and quickly became competitive. After learning the game at the Kansas City Racquet Club, Jones went on to be a successful tournament and league player. He played on and captained numerous USTA Heart of America adult, senior, super senior and mixed double leagues. His teams won three USTA League Senior National Championships.|