Bob Mapes
Bob Mapes
Title: 2004 Inductee (Head Men's Tennis Coach 1962-1973)

As a tennis player, Bob Mapes began his career in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he played three years at Will Rogers High School followed by four years at Baylor University, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in 1949 and Master’s in 1953.

After college, he began his coaching career in Beeville, Texas where he not only coached tennis, but also was “B Team” basketball coach.  After stints at Mineral Wells and Midland coaching other sports, he served as Tennis Coach at Midland High School for five years.  The team became one of the strongest high school teams in Texas.  In 1960 Mapes accepted the tennis coaching position at Mary Carroll High School in Corpus Christi where he coached from 1960-1962.  After two years at Carroll, he resigned to accept the position of Head Tennis Professional at H-E-B Tennis Center in Corpus Christi and served in that capacity for 32 years. 

During his tenure at H-E-B Tennis Center, Mapes coached the men’s tennis team at the University of Corpus Christi (UCC) from 1962-1973 and compiled a 118-28-2 record over that period.  In 1971, the University joined the NCAA Division I ranks and Mapes’ teams were ranked in the top 10 nationally through 1973, when athletics at the university were discontinued.  While enjoying a winning record every year, his tennis team won two NAIA singles and doubles titles.  During his 11 years at UCC, the team played one of the toughest schedules in the nation, meeting such teams as UCLA, USC, Arizona, and all of the former Southwest Conference (SWC) schools.

After coaching at the University, Bob Mapes served as a tournament referee for 15 years.  This included two NCAA National Championship Tournaments in 1975-1976, and the next 11 years for the SWC Championships, for both men and women the last two years.  In 1992-1994 he was referee for the ITA National Small College Championships.  In addition to the major tournaments, he also refereed matches for Texas Sectional, Major Zone, and other TTA Tournaments.  While at UCC, Mapes originated the “Team Tennis” format and began the first ever team tournament in 1968.  This year will mark the 36th annual H-E-B College Team Tournament, one of the premier college tournaments in the US.  This format is now used by high school and college tournaments throughout the nation.

In appreciation of his career in tennis, Mapes was elected into the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame in 1994.  In 1999, he was elected into the ITA National Intercollegiate Hall of Fame, located in Athens, GA.  He has received several other honors including the TTA Sessions award, the USTA National Merit award, and served a year as president of the Texas Professional Tennis Association.  He was not only successful in his own career, but has been instrumental in the careers of his students.  This includes a Wimbledon doubles champion, Tony Palafox, a US Open doubles champion, Steve Denton (current Islander Men’s Tennis Coach), and Olympic doubles champion, Vicente Zarazua, a former UCC player.  Many of his former students are serving as tennis professionals in the US as well as in Central and South America.

Bob Mapes officially retired from the H-E-B Tennis Center in 1994, but continues to stay involved with tennis on a part-time basis.  In 1997, the tennis coach at Carroll High School left early in the school year and Mapes was asked to return, where he had started coaching in Corpus Christi 37 years earlier.  He led the team for three seasons as the head coach while grooming a successor.  In the fall of 2000, Mapes began in his current position as assistant coach at Carroll High School.  He helped bring the Carroll program back to prominence statewide, and the team was ranked 19th in the state in 1999 and 14th in 2000.  In 2001, the team reached the State Team semi-finals and finished ranked 3rd in the state.  The Carroll team reached the State finals in 2002, where they ended the season ranked 2nd in the state.  The 2003 team ended the season ranked 5th in the state with only 2 seniors in the program’s top 16 players.

His accomplishments include a great family.  He has been married to his wife, Nancy, for 52 years, and they have 5 daughters, 14 grandchildren and 2 great grandsons.