Ken McAllister's impressive contributions to tennis are numerous and varied. Below is a synopsis of his accomplishments and honors during his career:
Ken graduated from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas with a B.A. in English/Mathematics with a Texas Teaching Certificate. After college he became the tennis coach for Snyder High School where he also taught math and ran summer community tennis programs from 1964 to 1970. From 1970 to 1974 Ken was the tennis coach at Deer Park High School and from 1974 to 1977 he became the director of tennis at Walden on Lake Conroe in Montgomery, Texas. This is when he met and became friends with Dennis Van der Meer where the Van der Meer Tennis Academy was located. From 1977 to 1989 he was the director of tennis at the Lakeside Country Club in Houston, Texas and then became the director of tennis at the Lakeway World of Tennis outside of Austin, Texas from 1989 to 1991. The USTA Texas Section then hired Ken as Executive Director in 1991 and he served 23 years in that position until his retirement in 2014. While serving as the USTA Texas Section Executive Director, Ken grew the association in staff, stature and membership. Texas is the third largest section in the USTA family and well respected as a leader in the tennis industry.
As a player, Ken has held rankings in the USTA Texas Section, 5 USTA National rankings and won the 1988 PTR 45 & over singles championships.
As a coach, his players won three Texas UIL High School titles and has taught over 30 state and nationally ranked players with many receiving college scholarships. Ken also was on the coaching staff for the 1975 -1976 U.S. Junior Davis Cup Team that included John McEnroe, Eliott Teltscher and Larry Gottfried.
As a USPTA educator, he also was a USPTA National Tester from 1976 to 2008 and was instrumental along with George Basco in formulating many of the testing and certification procedures for the association.
Ken also has experience in directing tournaments and events. He was a director or referee for many sanctioned events. Most notably Ken was Tournament Director of Virginia Slims Qualifying in Houston, University of Texas All-America Collegiate Tournament, Maureen Connally Brinker Challenge Cup, and the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tennis Tournament. One of the highlights of Ken's career was serving as a baseline umpire for the famous Billie Jean King versus Bobby Riggs match in the Houston Astrodome in 1973. This match has been touted as the event that was the catalyst for the surge in the popularity of tennis in the 70's and 80's.
Over the years Ken has garnered many honors presented by his peers: 1976 & 1980 USPTA Texas Pro of the Year; 1981 National USPTA "Alex Gordon" Pro of the Year; 1987 became a USPTA Master Professional; 2000 inducted into the Texas Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame; 2010 USPTA Texas Tennis Industry Excellence Award; 2011 Snyder High School Hall of Honor as a coach; 2012 Texas Tennis Hall of Fame Inductee; 2013 Southwestern University Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee; and in 2014 was award the Hollis & Jean Smith Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Public Parks Tennis Association.
Ken has been a leader in the tennis industry for many years. Following are a few of his affiliations within the industry:
President Texas Tennis Coaches Association 1971- 1974
United States Professional Tennis
Association – Certified
President, USPTA Texas Division,
Professional Tennis Registry –
Vice President PTR
1988-89 Life Member – United States Tennis
Lifetime Teaching Certificate – Texas
USTA Executive Directors 2001 - 2004
Texas Alliance of Recreational Organizations 2009 - 2010
Current Board Member: Texas Alliance of Recreational Organizations
National Public Parks Tennis Association 2005 - 2014