Induction Year: 2020
Kathy Vick of Lubbock has been an accomplished tennis player and competitor at the top of rankings since her youth—locally, Sectionally, Nationally and Internationally.
In high school she won the district 4A championship three years in a row and played with tennis scholarships at both Texas Tech and Trinity University. In 1981 Trinity was ranked #2 in the nation, and Vick was a finalist in the AIAW National Championships, defeated in the finals. Her individual record at Trinity was 21 wins out of the last 22 singles matches played.
She went on to a long and successful career as a teaching professional and coach at the club, high school and college levels. In addition, she traveled worldwide coaching various organized teams. Testing in as a Level Pro-1, Vick has been a member of USPTA for more than twenty years.
Most impressive, however, is that Kathy Vick has continued to play and compete. She has been a National Intersectional team player for USTA Texas every year since 1995 and its captain since 1998. She has often been one of four players selected to represent the USA in many team competitions internationally, traveling to Austria, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and France.
In addition, she has consistently been ranked #1 in Texas in Singles and Doubles through all age groups, 40 through 60. Nationally she has been highly ranked by the USTA and the USPTA as well. Eleven times she has been named the USPTA Texas Player of the Year and ten times the USPTA National Player of the Year. From 1999 though 2017 she won 47 National balls representing National Championships – 14 gold, 21 silver and 12 bronze.
Along the way she has picked up many honors, including Sportsmanship awards, Senior Spirit of Texas Award, Top 200 Lubbock Athletes of the Century List, highlighted in book of Lubbock Sports Heroes, and inducted into the Lubbock ISD Hall of Honor.