April 4, 2009
FORT WORTH, Texas - Former TCU women's tennis head coach Roland Ingram was honored pre-match Saturday for his career accomplishments and induction into the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame in Waco.
During his 19 seasons in Fort Worth, Texas, Ingram put together a 323-158 (.672) overall record for the Horned Frogs, with 16 of his 19 squads posting winning records. Six of Ingram's squads finished the season ranked among the top 25 and nine were in the top 50.
Ingram led the Frogs to four conference championships (1991 SWC, 2000 WAC, 2001 WAC, 2002 C-USA) and six NCAA Tournament berths. For his accomplishments, Ingram was honored as the Coach of the Year on five occasions, including the ITA Southwest Region and C-USA honors in his final season in 2002. In addition, Ingram was named to the Texas Tennis Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1995 and to Schreiner College's Hall of Fame in 2003.
Ingram coached four of TCU's All-Americans in his tenure. In 1988, he guided Rene Simpson and Tory Plunkett to All-America honors and 12 years later in 2000, he coached Lucie Dvorakova and Daria Zoldakova to All-America status in doubles.
Ingram's coaching career began in 1966 at Amarillo High School, where he stayed until taking over the program at Midland Junior College in 1974. In his first season, his Midland squad captured the NJCAA National Championship while also winning the singles and doubles competitions. Prior to coming to TCU, Ingram served as the head tennis professional at Colonial Country Club for seven years.
As a college player at Schreiner College in Kerrville, Texas, Ingram earned national titles in both singles and doubles at the 1961 Junior College Championships. He completed his college years at North Texas, earning both his bachelor's and master's degrees in 1966.
Ingram stepped down as the head coach of TCU following the 2002 season, which saw the Horned Frogs win their third consecutive conference championship.