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Saturday, July 27th, 2024

at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
For table sponsorship info: Call David Thetford – 806-777-0677
or send an email request to: [email protected]

Kathy Kunhe Vick

Class of 2019

Kathy Kunhe Vick | 1974-1977 | Monterey High School

We often hear our sports stars talk about giving back to the game that has been so good to them. Kathy Kuhne Vick not only gives back to the sport of tennis, she continues to compete at a very high level. One of the all-time Lubbock ISD tennis greats for the Monterey Plainsmen from 1974-77, Kathy Kuhne Vick has been great at tennis for a long, long time. As a member of the MHS tennis program she claimed District 4-4A titles in 1975, 1976 and 1977 and she was the three-time Monterey tennis “MVP” during those same seasons. She was honored to be the recipient of the school’s prestigious “Marian Philbrick Award” in 1976. After completing an incredible career as a high school tennis standout, Kathy earned a tennis scholarship to Texas Tech in 1977. She later moved on to Trinity University where, from 1979-81 she competed for a collegiate squad that was ranked #10 nationally in 1978-79, moved up to #3 in the country in 1979-80 and #2 in the nation in 1980-81. Kathy and her Trinity University squad advanced to the finals of the AIAW National Championships in 1981 where they fell to UCLA 5-4 in the title match. To culminate her college career she won 21 of the last 22 singles matches that she played in dual match and tournament competition. Kathy went into coaching after her college career ended, becoming the head coach at Lubbock High from the fall of 1984 to the spring of 1989. She then went a few blocks down the street to become the head women’s coach at Texas Tech University where she stayed from the fall of 1989 to the spring of 1996. Kathy left Texas Tech and became the teaching professional at Hillcrest Country Club in Lubbock in 1996. She became the club’s head professional in 2000 and continues to serve in that role today. Kathy has also coached many other teams during her career, including the Sport for Understanding Team in Sweden in 1987, Holland in 1988 and Australia in 1990. She also coached the Athletes in Action teams in Germany in 1996. Through all of the years of coaching and serving as a tennis club professional, Kathy has continued to play tennis. She has been a top ranked player nationally, in her age division, for over 20 years. Kathy has won 46 gold, silver, and bronze balls at USTA National Tournaments. She has also been selected as the USPTA Texas Section Player of the Year 11 times and the USPTA National Player of the Year 10 times, the last being in 2014. In 1999, Kathy was selected to the Lubbock Avalanche Journal South Plains Top 100 Athletes of the 20th Century. Only three tennis players made that prestigious list. A never-say-die competitor, she joined the US Professional Tennis Association in 1999 and tested as a Pro 1 where she remains in good standing. No one ever said giving back means you have to give up the sport you love. Kathy Kuhne Vick is living proof.
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