Aug. 17, 2007
Former Tennis Athlete Kendall Hale Named UMKC Head CoachKANSAS CITY, Mo. - Former Northwest Missouri State tennis athlete Kendall Hale has been named head men's and women's coach at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, announced by UMKC athletic director Tim Hall yesterday (Aug. 16). Hale previously served in the same position at Division II Rockhurst University for 11 years.
Hale is a 1990 Northwest graduate, helping lead the Bearcats to a No. 12 national ranking during the 1990 season. In 1989, he was the only Northwest athlete to win a MIAA singles championship while finishing runner-up in doubles competition.
Before Northwest, he spent two seasons at Paris (Texas) Junior College, where he was ranked 43rd in the NJCAA national rankings.
At Rockhurst, Hale guided the Hawks to nine NCAA Tournament appearances in the 10 years since Rockhurst moved from NAIA competition. He has been named NAIA Midwest Region Coach of the Year (1997), USPTA Coach of the Year (2001), USPTA Missouri Club Professional of the Year (1998), Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year three times (2001-02, 2007) and NCAA Central Region Coach of the Year (2003). He is the only coach to pick up USPTA College Coach of the Year honors four times (2002, 2004-06).
Hale is a 10-year board member of the USPTA and currently serves as a USPTA tester for the Kansas City region. Since 2004, he has served as tennis director at the Oakwood Country Club. From 1997-99, he served as the head tennis professional at the Plaza Tennis Center, helping earn Facility of the Year accolades in 1998.
Hale is the fourth player or coach from Northwest named as head coach at a Division I institution.
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