A former tennis coach who spent a decade of his coaching career at Fort Bend area high schools is being honored with one of the tennis coaching profession’s highest honors.
Tim Calhoun, who spent seven seasons at Lamar Consolidated High School and three seasons at Ridge Point, will be one of three coaches inducted into the 2022 Texas Tennis Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame during its annual convention on Dec. 9.
After coaching in the college ranks at UTSA and Lamar University from 1988-1994, Calhoun spent 23 seasons at the high school level, bookended by stints at two Fort Bend County schools. His first seven of those were at Lamar Consolidated from 1995-2001, while he ended his career with three seasons at Ridge Point from 2016-2018. He also spent time at Katy Taylor, Cy Ridge and Saginaw High School.
“I was a little overwhelmed (when they told me),” Calhoun said. “I just didn’t think I had what they were looking for…but they finally decided it’s time that I go in.”
During seven seasons at Lamar Consolidated, Calhoun’s teams won five district championships. He also had a girls’ doubles team make it to the state tournament his first season in 1995 and a boys’ doubles team reach Austin during his final season.
At Ridge Point, he said his teams were some of the only ones to challenge perennial district power Clements – beating them seven times in his three seasons – while reaching the Region III-6A tournament every season.
“You’ve got to work hard and prove to these kids that you’re in it for them and you’re there for them,” he said. “If you can get them to buy in, you can have a lot of good things happen.”
He had a simple philosophy – “if you build it, they will come.” So that’s what he set out to do at each and every stop. In addition to his accomplishments at Lamar Consolidated and Ridge Point, he also had players win state titles at Saginaw and Katy Taylor.
“Everywhere I went, I would try to build a program and make it better,” he said. “Then, as soon as they were stable and I knew they were in good hands, I would leave to build another one.”
Even though he has been retired from the profession since 2018, Calhoun said he still keeps in touch with many former players from both high school and college coaching days. And he said that at this juncture, it’s what he remembers most fondly from three decades of coaching.
“One of the things I think about is how many kids' lives impacted me or I impacted…It’s not the tennis they remember anymore, it’s little life lessons that you teach,” he said. “How to be a better person, how to deal with problems and problem-solving – more than anything you learn (on a tennis court).”