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Kleinecke to be Inducted into Texas Tennis Hall of Fame

November 09, 2013
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Former longtime Texas A&M women’s tennis coach Bobby Kleinecke will be inducted into the Texas Tennis Museum and Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 16.

Tickets to the ceremony to be held at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco, Texas, are $75 each. A table for eight can be purchased for $600. Seating is limited, and tickets must be purchased by Monday, Nov. 11. For more information and to order tickets, please contact Paige Davis at 254-756-1633 or 1-800-567-9661 or via e-mail at paige.davis@tshof.org.

Kleinecke served as the Texas A&M women's head coach for 26 years and posted 417 total victories while leading the Aggies to 17 NCAA tournaments, including 12 consecutive appearances to close out his tenure. In his inaugural season at A&M, Kleinecke coached the Aggies to the Southwest Conference championship and a No. 15 final ranking. Kleinecke’s teams also shared the Big 12 regular-season title in 2003 and won the Big 12 Championship Tournament in 2004.

The Aggies posted at least 20 wins in six seasons under Kleinecke, including a then school-record 24-8 mark and a No. 16 final ranking in 2004. Overall, his teams finished ranked in the top 25 nine times.

Kleinecke coached four All-Americans and 58 individual champions (41 singles, 17 doubles), and 33 all-conference singles players and 21 all-conference doubles teams.

Kleinecke himself received Wilson/TCCA Coach of the Year honors in 1986 and 1996 and was named the Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year in 2002. He also was named SWC Coach of the Year in 1986 and was the Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2004. In 2008, he earned the USTA/ITA Community Outreach Award for the Southwest Region.

Others being inducted in the Hall of Fame Class of 2013 are Cathy Beene, Kathy Langer and Ken McAllister.

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